80 Insightful Journal Prompts for Self Discovery and Awareness

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Self reflection is such a huge part of personal growth. Without having an awareness and understanding of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours, we’re unable to hold ourselves accountable and take the steps necessary to grow within ourselves.


I know from my experience that journaling is a powerful tool to develop this level of self awareness, and journal prompts for self discovery can play a powerful role in allowing us to look deep within when we’re struggling to find the answers.


I’m sharing some of my favourite self reflection journal prompts with you, so that you too can reap the benefits of journaling for personal growth! Keep on reading to find out how!


Why use self reflection journal prompts?


Developing self awareness isn’t always easy, especially if you’ve never made an attempt to try and get in tune with yourself before. It can be difficult to know how to look within when you’re not used to doing so.


Self reflection journal prompts help to give you that nudge into your own subconscious. They prompt you to think about things in ways that you may not have ever considered before. They can be powerful assistants on your journey to self awareness!


How to use journal prompts for self awareness


1. Set aside a time to write: As with any other practice, it’s important to set aside a time that you can dedicate purely to your journaling. You want to be free of distractions so you can focus solely on reflection. It’s up to you how frequently you do this, though I would aim for at least once a week at a minimum!

2. Choose a prompt: Pick just one prompt to work on per session. Working with a singular prompt means that you have enough time and energy to go in depth around the prompt, rather than just touching the surface.

3. Write whatever comes to you: Practice free writing whatever comes to you, without thinking about it or questioning it. A good way to do this is to aim to write continually without taking a break. This technique allows you to write from the subconscious, rather than the conscious mind.

4. Aim to write a certain amount: To really get in depth on the topic, aim to write a certain amount. You may aim to write a certain number of pages, or alternatively aim to continually write for a period of time e.g. 15 minutes. See what works best for you!

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80 Journal Prompts for Self Discovery

  1. I am grateful for…

  2. I am craving…

  3. I feel most like myself when…

  4. Something I would love to do but not sure I can is…

  5. I feel amazing about myself when I…

  6. I feel negatively about myself when I…

  7. I’ve been putting off…

  8. I would love to get some support with…

  9. I feel…

  10. My biggest regret is…

  11. My ideal day would look like…

  12. One thing I’ve always wanted to try but haven’t is…

  13. To me, success looks like…

  14. My biggest fear is...

  15. My biggest strength is…

  16. Over the next year, I would like to improve on…

  17. The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is…

  18. If I was speaking to younger self, I would tell them…

  19. Right now, I feel like I am missing…

  20. The most important people in my life are…

  21. My biggest insecurity is…

  22. The thing I love most about myself is…

  23. I can’t stand it when other people…

  24. I feel most valued and loved when…

  25. To someone I mistreated in the past, I would say…

  26. My spiritual beliefs are…

  27. My boundaries are…

  28. My dream career is…

  29. I feel most unsatisfied when…

  30. I show my love for others by…

  31. When I am challenged, I feel…

  32. When somebody breaks my trust, I feel…

  33. When I am struggling, I need…

  34. Signs that I am overwhelmed are…

  35. I feel most creative when…

  36. When I feel unappreciated, I…

  37. I am most productive when…

  38. When I am feeling low, the best way to lift my mood is…

  39. I feel most at home when…

  40. My worst habit is…

  41. My fondest memory is…

  42. My worst memory is…

  43. I couldn’t imagine living without…

  44. To me, love means…

  45. Something I wish others knew about me is…

  46. I feel healthiest when…

  47. I would describe myself as…

  48. My biggest life lesson has been…

  49. Something I would love to learn more about is…

  50. I feel happiest in my skin when…

  51. In ten years, I see myself as…

  52. To me, happiness means…

  53. If I knew I couldn’t fail, I would…

  54. If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go…

  55. The person I look up to most is…

  56. I feel most at peace when…

  57. I want to be seen/recognised as...

  58. Something I need to let go of is…

  59. I could take better care of myself by…

  60. By the end of my life, I want to have accomplished…

  61. I feel most alive when…

  62. I feel most inspired by…

  63. I manage stress by…

  64. The best gift I’ve ever given or received is…

  65. Something that excites me about the future is…

  66. My relationship with social media is…

  67. My favourite hobby is…

  68. Something that has been bothering me recently is…

  69. I could be calmer if I…

  70. To me, the meaning of life is…

  71. Something that makes me sad is…

  72. I feel most anxious when…

  73. I would like to feel…

  74. Habits that support my wellbeing are…

  75. I feel guilty when…

  76. I feel connected to the universe/god when…

  77. I feel most confident when…

  78. I could enjoy my life more by…

  79. I often get compliments about…

  80. My favourite thing to do with other people is...


Journal Prompts for Self Discovery PDF


If you’d like to print these journal prompts out so you can easily access them for your journal practice, you can get all 80 of them in a printable PDF!

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Other resources for personal growth and reflection

Start Where You Are: a journal for self-exploration

Self Discovery Journal for Women: 365 magical lists for happiness, gratitude and everyday bliss

The Year of You: 365 journal writing prompts for creative self-discovery

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About Esther

Esther is the founder of Through the Phases, and author of the Breakthrough Manifestation Workbook.  Her mission is to guide others to grow to their full potential and create their dream life using spiritual and personal growth practices. Read more about her story here!

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