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50 Helpful Journal Prompts To Unlock Your Self-Discovery

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Today Kim from Miss Mental shares 50 Helpful Journal Prompts to help you unlock the secrets to your self-discovery!

If you love this post you should also check out 51 Powerful Questions That Make You Think for even more ideas!

Over To Kim

Journalling is a great way to release stress, but it’s also an amazing tool for self-development.

You answer questions about you and your life, and the answers might surprise you.

When you reflect on your answers, you’ll find out what parts of your life you’re happy with, and what parts need improvement. 

Are you ready to start your self-discovery journey?

You don’t have to answer all the journal prompts at once.

You can decide to answer 5-10 before bed every day and reflect on your responses once you’ve answered them all. 

Need a pretty journal to write everything down in?  Paperchase has a fantastic selection.  I love the positive sentiment on the front of this one in particular.

I can and I will journal


Related Post: Mindful Journaling: 15 Fantastic Benefits And How To Get Started

Journal Prompts For Self-Discovery

  1. What does happiness mean to me?
  2. What does my ideal life look like?
  3. How do I want to see myself? What needs to happen for that?
  4. What are my five greatest qualities?
  5. If I could wish anything, what would I wish for?
  6. What does my ideal day look like?
  7. What are my five greatest achievements?
  8. Who is my biggest inspiration? Why?
  9. What made me proud today?
  10. What are five things my friends often say about me?
  11. If money wasn’t an issue, what would I do right now?
  12. What am I truly passionate about?
  13. What are three things I want to improve this year?
  14. When do I feel most confident with myself?
  15. What’s one of my biggest pet peeves?
  16. What are five words that describe me?
  17. What does self-care mean to me?
  18. How do I want others to see me?
  19. What can I do to make my life easier?
  20. How have I changed the past couple of months?
  21. What makes me feel stuck?
  22. What’s one excuse I often make?
  23. How do I deal with insecurities? What can I change?
  24. What challenges me?
  25. What’s something I can teach others?
  26. Would I do anything differently if I didn’t care about others opinions?
  27. What would I tell my past self?
  28. What do I need to hear when I feel sad?
  29. How can I protect my energy?
  30. What helps me get through tough times?
  31. What does authenticity mean to me?
  32. What’s one of my biggest regrets?
  33. What is my favorite memory? Why?
  34. What makes me feel insecure? Why?
  35. How do I want people to remember me?
  36. What are three things I want to do in life?
  37. What are five small things that make me happy?
  38. Where do I see myself in five years?
  39. What helps me destress?
  40. What negative self-belief do I want to unlearn?
  41. Am I doing what I love? Do I need to change something?
  42. What is something I’ve always wanted to learn?
  43. If I couldn’t fail, what would I do?
  44. What’s my favorite quote? What does it mean to me?
  45. What’s going right in my life?
  46. What are my core values?
  47. What has brought me the most joy this year?
  48. What’s one thing that always makes me smile?
  49. What makes me feel excited?
  50. What scares me the most? Why?

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Reflect On Your Self-Discovery Journey

When you’re done answering the journal prompts, ask yourself:

‘What surprises me?’ 

‘What do I want to see different in my life?’

‘How am I going to create the life I want?’

Then in a year, answer the questions again, see if you answer them differently.

Free printable PDF with 50 journal prompts for self-discovery

To make your life easier I bundled all the questions in one PDF so you can download it and keep track of your self-discovery journey! Download the guide now!

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Will you try this self-discovery journey with me? Let me know in the comments!

Author Bio

I’m Kim, a psychology student passionate about sharing personal development and mental health tips. On my blog I write about self-care, self-growth and mental health. I also make illustrations to share positive vibes with the world. 

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  1. Marie

    Journal prompts are a great way to get writing. I’m going to make sure I have a notebook with me when I’m at the hospital with my son next.

  2. Geraldine

    I have to do so many things with my time every day and journaling SHOULD be one of them but it isn’t right now… These are really good prompts for journaling though! They really make you think! Thanks for sharing Alison!


  3. Tiphany Janik

    Love these journal prompts! I got sidetracked as I started to wonder what the answers are. They are thought provoking for sure!

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