150 Journal Prompts For Self Growth

journal prompts for self growth

Journaling can be such an amazing thing. To be honest, I didn’t think of journaling as a tool that could benefit me until after I started my self-improvement journey.  

I have always had a diary or a journal, but I used it as a place to store all my secrets and to dump all of my feelings that I had at the time, but I never used it to get really deep, to work on myself, or as a tool for self-reflection until recently.  

When I first started journaling, I found it difficult to know what to write about, or how to use it to really grow as a person. That is where journal prompts come in, and it is why I decided to share my ultimate list of 150 favorite journal prompts for self growth with you below. 

Why Are Personal Growth Journal Prompts Important? 

Journal prompts for self growth are important because they will help guide you when it comes to what topics to write about when you journal. When you are trying to grow as a person, it can be difficult to come up with the ideas of what to write about on your own. Often a big part of growth is to confront new thoughts, ideas, and feelings, and that is something we are unable to come up with by ourselves.  

Personal Growth Journal Prompts

  1. What coping skills and strategies do you use? Are they healthy or unhealthy? 
  2. What is one thing you’ve learned this last year? How did you learn it? 
  3. What is one thing you’ve learned in the past month? How did you learn it? 
  4. What goals did you have for the last year? Do you still want the same things? 
  5. When was the last time you showed yourself deep self-care
  6. What was important to you 5 years ago that no longer is? How come? What’s changed? 
  7. Where is your favorite place that you’ve been? Why? 
  8. What life skills have you learned (ie. self-care, communication skills, time management)? How do those skills serve you? 
  9. When you wake up, do you often feel excited or motivated for the day ahead? Why or why not? 
  10. What drives you? What do you feel passionate about? 
  11. Do you have anything distracting you currently? Why? 
  12. When do you feel the most confident
  13. How could you manage your money better? 
  14. What do you spend your energy on? 
  15. What would you do if you had unlimited money? 
  16. What does your healthiest self look like? 
  17. What new skill do you want to learn next? 
  18. Are you usually trying to be busy? Or trying to be productive? 
  19. What big changes do you need to make to make your dreams come true? 
  20. What steps can you take to turn a bad day into a good one? 

Journal Prompts For Self Growth

  1. What is something you want to work toward? 
  2. Name someone else you want to get to know better. 
  3. What is something you can do every day to stay focused on achieving your goals
  4. Pick one daily self-discovery practice you want to try. 
  5. What is one goal you set that you did not achieve? Why? 
  6. What is something you’ve always wanted to do? 
  7. What is your dream job or dream hobby? 
  8. What makes you feel alive? 
  9. What would your closest friends and family say is your best quality? 
  10. What do you like most about yourself
  11. What is one way to show kindness to others? 
  12. What is your favorite quote, word, or phrase? 
  13. What is one thing you need to stop doing? 
  14. What emotions do you prioritize? 
  15. Who was your biggest role model? Why? 
  16. How do you define success?  
  17. How do you overcome obstacles in your life? 
  18. What makes you feel insecure? 
  19. What do you want your work-life balance to be like? 

Journal prompts for self growth

Deep Journal Prompts

  1. What is something tough you’ve overcome? Write about that experience. 
  2. What goals have you accomplished that you are particularly proud of? 
  3. What are some of the biggest mistakes you’ve made? What did you learn? 
  4. What’s the bravest thing you’ve done? Why? 
  5. Write about a time you stepped out of your comfort zone. What did you learn from it? 
  6. Who inspires you right now? Why? 
  7. What do you want to be remembered for when you are gone? Why? 
  8. What makes you feel powerful? 
  9. What belief are you holding onto that is holding you back? 
  10. What things do you need to let go of? 
  11. Are you settling for less than you deserve? 
  12. Do you have strong boundaries
  13. What are you afraid of doing? 
  14. What are my coping strategies? Are they healthy? 
  15. If I had one year left to live what would I do
  16. If I had to switch careers what would I do? 
  17. What makes someone else successful? 
  18. Are you afraid of failure? 
  19. What is something you feel that you’ve missed out on in life? How has that affected you? 
  20. Is there someone you need to forgive for something? 
  21. Do you dwell on things that upset you? 
  22. Do you have any toxic behaviors? 
  23. Do you feel like you’ve found your purpose? 
  24. What is something you are sacrificing for someone else? 

Self Growth Journal Prompts

  1. Write about some of your favorite memories. Who’s there? What are you doing? Why are they special? 
  2. What past experiences are you most thankful for? Why? 
  3. What people in your life make you feel the most comfortable? Why? 
  4. What’s your proudest moment from this past month? 
  5. Do you feel supported in your life? Who is your support system? 
  6. Make a list of positive affirmations that inspire you. How can you incorporate these into your life moving forward? 
  7. Create a bucket list for your next big milestone birthday. (ex. 25, 30, 35, 40…) 
  8. What growth do you want to see in the next year? 
  9. How can you improve your physical health? 
  10. How can you improve your mental health? 
  11. How would you describe your work ethic?  
  12. What can you do to work on being more present? 
  13. Have you ever been to therapy? How do you feel about it? 

Self growth journal prompts

Self Improvement Journal Prompts

  1. What are your current goals for personal growth
  2. What are 3 ways you can take better care of yourself this week? 
  3. What are your current career goals? How are you working towards them? 
  4. What are your current life goals? How are you working towards them? 
  5. Where do you need to practice setting boundaries in your current life? 
  6. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years? 
  7. What self-improvement goals do you have for yourself? 
  8. If you could change one thing about your life what would it be? Why? 
  9. How do you think you could change the thing above? 
  10. What goals do you have for your relationships? 

Self Help Journal Prompts

  1. Do you practice self-care often? Why or why not? 
  2. Do you admire any qualities in others that you’d like to adopt yourself? How can you do so? 
  3. How can you push yourself in the next year? What makes you feel out of your comfort zone? 
  4. What keeps you going when you lack motivation? 
  5. Write a list of your “whys” behind your goals. Why do you want the things you are working towards? 
  6. What makes you feel powerless? 
  7. What is stressing you out right now? 
  8. Which areas of your life are the most overwhelming
  9. What keeps you from experiencing peace? 
  10. What’s your favorite way to relax? 

Past Self Journal Prompts For Self Growth

  1. What’s your earliest memory? 
  2. Reflecting on the past, when did you feel the happiest in your life? Why? 
  3. What was your favorite hobby as a child? Do you still enjoy it? 
  4. Make a list of life lessons you’ve learned that you wish you could tell yourself 5 years ago. 
  5. If you could change your past, would you? Why or why not? 
  6. Write a letter to yourself as a child. 
  7. What was your first job? 
  8. What did you want your life to look like as a child? Do you still have the same dreams? 
  9. What was your dream job growing up? Is it still something you’d enjoy? 
  10. What was your favorite thing to do as a child? 
  11. What did you do with your friends as a child? 
  12. What kind of person were you in high school? In middle school? In elementary school? In preschool? 
  13. How have your priorities changed over time?

Present Moment Journal Prompts For Self Growth

  1. What are your top priorities in life right now? Why are they important to you? 
  2. How do you feel right now? Explain. 
  3. How do you see yourself as a person? 
  4. What daily habits do you have that make you feel good? 
  5. If you could describe this phase of life in one word, what would it be? Why? 
  6. What things do you need to make more time for? 
  7. What have you accomplished in the last year that you are proud of? 
  8. What are your daily boundaries? Do they align with your future goals? 
  9. How do you deal with stress? 
  10. What are your current healthy daily habits? 
  11. Do you feel loved by yourself right now? 
  12. How could you be better at expressing that love? 
  13. Do you feel loved by the people in your life? 
  14. How can you add more joy to your everyday life right now? 
  15. What is currently getting in the way of your happiness? 
  16. What is your daily routine? What parts of that do you enjoy and which parts do you dread? Why? 
  17. Do you have worries that are keeping you up at night? And if so what are they? 
  18. List three things that you want to add to your daily routine. 
  19. List three things that you want to eliminate from your daily routine. 

Journal Prompts For Growth

Future Self Journal Prompts For Growth

  1. Write out an ideal day in your life 
  2. What do you wish for your life 10 years from now? 
  3. What does your ideal home look like? Where is it? Who’s in it with you? 
  4. Make a manifestation list for attracting your dream life. 
  5. What can you change today that will get you closer to your dream life? 
  6. If you continued life as you are right now, where will you be in 5 years? Are you happy with that? 
  7. If not happy with the above result, what changes can you make today to get you closer to where you want to be? 
  8. Write a letter to your future self. 
  9. What makes you feel hopeful and optimistic for the future? 
  10. What worries or doubts do you have about the future? 
  11. What challenges do you think you’ll face in the future? 
  12. How will you overcome them? 
  13. How will you deal with stress or anxiety?

Self Discovery Journal Prompts

  1. One way you could love yourself more is by…. 
  2. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever been given? Why is this compliment so special to you? 
  3. What compliment do you wish someone would give you? Can you give this compliment to yourself, right now? 
  4. What book do you want to read next? 
  5. Are you holding onto any grudges from past experiences? What’s stopping you from releasing these grudges? 
  6. What does forgiveness mean to you? Are you able to forgive easily? 
  7. What parts of your life would you improve/change if you were more confident? 
  8. Name some things in life that inspire you. 
  9. How can you make your life more meaningful? 
  10. Do you criticize yourself often? How does it feel when you criticize yourself? 
  11. What does self-compassion mean to you? Do you have a difficult time showing yourself compassion? 
  12. How can you cultivate more self-compassion in your daily life?

journal prompt for self growth 150 Journal Prompts For Self Growth

Tips For Journal Prompts For Self Growth

Be Honest 

Journaling can be a great tool when it comes to self-growth.  

It is one thing to want to change or to get to know yourself better, but it is completely different to write everything down. When you journal about your innermost thoughts and feelings, you are committing to being brutally honest—even if it hurts. 

Writing helps you to sort through your thoughts, and to do so in a safe space without the fear of judgment.  

Examine What You Write 

Writing can really help you to get to know yourself better. By reflecting on the things you have written down, you will learn things about yourself that you might not have considered before.  

Once we know who we are, and what we want out of life, it makes it easier to figure out what we need to do to make our dreams come true and make ourselves happier.  

Write Down Your Why 

Knowing what you want is important, but knowing why you want that thing is equally important.  

Knowing your motivations behind what is driving you will help to ensure you don’t lose sight of that end goal. The motivation that comes from this will help you when times get tough.  

Set Specific Goals 

Setting goals like “lose weight” or “make more money” are easy to make, but can be difficult to take action on. 

When you set goals that are more specific, such as “lose 10 pounds by June” it makes it easier to envision what steps you will need to take to get from point A to B. 

Celebrate Your Accomplishments  

When you make progress, make sure you don’t forget to take time to celebrate yourself and your accomplishments. It doesn’t matter how small, a good celebration and appreciation for how far you have come will do wonders for your drive, motivation, and happiness.  

Final Thoughts On Journal Prompts For Self Growth

Self-growth, self-improvement, and learning about who you are is not always easy. Confronting your past, accepting that no one is perfect, and working hard are all difficult steps, but necessary when it comes to self-growth

We will never stop growing, changing, learning, and adapting, and that is part of what makes life so beautiful.

I hope these journal prompts inspire you to become the best version of yourself. You’ve got this!

Take care of yourself.

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