37 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection and Personal Growth

Journal prompts for self reflection


Journal prompts for self-reflection and personal growth are an important part of the self-discovery journey. So if you are ready to start manifesting your best self Journal prompts for self-reflection can help point you in the direction you want to take your life.

And really, after the last two years, we have had, it’s time we went deep into our souls and bring out the best selves that we can be. Don’t you agree?

But perhaps maybe even way before this, you knew that you needed to make some changes.  If you have felt stuck in a passionless dull existence, feeling lost, these journal prompts for self-discovery and personal growth will awaken the fire you have within to live the life you really want. You know you want better in life.

You want to live a life that inspires you and others. And you can get it with some commitment and of course action.

These journal prompts for self-reflection will help you see where changes are needed in life so you can start changing your life right now.

It is time we align ourselves with our biggest, deepest desires in life. When we do this, we manifest good things.  We bring to existence our deepest desires and find and live the life we have always wanted.


How do you write a self-reflection journal?

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Well, you can free write your thoughts and think of questions to ask and answers to guide you. But the best thing is to follow selected prompts and answer those questions as well as you can. It is your reflective journal so don’t hold back.

It is best to establish a routine for journaling. Write in your journal either in the morning or as part of your nighttime routine.

Or even both times. When you journal first thing in the morning, you set great intentions and focus on the day and manifestation of the outcomes you want.

Your dreams and desires are likely to happen for you when you write them down and reflect on them.

I also find that having a notebook or beautiful journal really helps to inspire you to write. I am all about beautiful notebooks and pens.

Perhaps it is the former teacher in me. If you love lovely journals too, check out these notebooks and journals to get you set up to begin your journal practice for self-discovery.

Why is journaling for self-reflection important?

Journaling is a powerful tool for personal growth. Journaling helps you to freely express how you feel. It helps you also look back and think things over.

Writing down your thoughts, and reflecting in writing can help you move forward in your life. It cements the good thoughts you need so you believe more in yourself.

Self-reflection through journaling will help you look into those shadows from your past that may be keeping you stuck. When you look at those dark areas, you question and fight some limiting beliefs.

Journaling can help you build powerful habits for personal growth and these habits help you manifest the things you desire in your life.

A good example of this is gratitude journaling.

And self-reflection also leads you to become a more positive, happier, and pleasant person. You see when you self-reflect you learn to redirect negativity. It improves your mindset so you feel more positive.

Journaling is a great tool for improving mental health and a truly powerful tool to improve all areas of your personal life and personal growth.

One great way to make the habits of journaling stick is to try to journal for 31 days straight as a challenge.

Remember it takes 21 days for a habit to stick. So by day 31, you will be well on your way to creating new habits, developing new ways of thinking, and seeing clearly what and where you want to be in life. You will start a new journey to creating a lovely happy life as you have envisioned.

I have 36 prompts on the list but you can just pick the ones you want to focus on.

For  31 days you get a prompt to reflect on and write about that. It will help point you forward to clarity on exactly what you want and exactly how to go about achieving your vision for your life.

And without further ado, here are journal prompts for personal growth and self-reflection.

Journal prompts for personal growth and self reflection

So what are some good reflection questions to ask yourself?

Glad you asked. Here are 37 journal prompts for self-reflection and personal growth. 

Journal prompts for  Self reflection and personal growth

  1. If you could live your best most perfect life what would it look like?  Describe where you would be living who is there, and what is going on. What are you doing on a daily?
  2. You just woke up. What time have you woken up? What are you excited to do today when you are living your best life?
  3. Describe your perfect day when you are living life just as you want.
  4. What is really passionate about? What lights you up?
  5. What is your proudest achievement?
  6. Now reflect on what you are most thankful for today and every day. Write five things that you are really thankful for.
  7. What are your best ways to spend a weekend? What do you enjoy doing on weekends the best?
  8. What do you think is lacking in your life, that if you had it life would be so different and happier?
  9. If you could do any job in the world, what would that job be? Would you be employed by a boss or are you self-employed?
  10. What is the one thing you have always wanted to learn? Why? Write down one step you can take to learn it.
  11. Take a hard deep look at your life. What areas do you really need to clean, both physical, virtual, mental, and social?
  12. What habits are holding you back? Examine daily habits. Which ones are costing you happiness?
  13. On your most perfect ideal day, what are you doing?
  14. When do you feel like your true authentic self?
  15. What are the five most important goals you would like to achieve this year?
  16. What is the one tiniest action you can take to move your life forward in the direction you want?
  17. If you desire to be anywhere else in the world, today,  where would you be? Just google some facts about the country., the town or city you would live to live in. See yourself walking the streets, shopping or sightseeing. How does that make you feel?
  18. write down the steps that you need to take to manifest your perfect life.
  19. If a new career, research and write down what you find.  If it is living somewhere else think and write down what you need to make it possible. Do you need to save? Do you need to start looking for a house, or apartment? You can do this. Find people who know more about it, and who have done it, follow them, and even reach out to them. Ask questions.

Journal Prompts for self-reflection and personal growth

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20. If someone asked your best friend what they think of you, what do you think they’d say? What would you want them to say?

21. If you could have 3 of the most important things to you in life, what would those things be? Why?

22. looking back on your life now, what is the one biggest change you would like to make?

23.  Where on this earth would you really love to live

24. If money was no object? What is the one thing you desire the most?

25. What do you think of marriage? To marry or not to marry? Why or why not? If to marry what do you think are the best qualities in the spouse of your dreams?

26. Think of someone, anyone you admire from relatives, and friends to celebrities? Who do you admire the most? and why?

27. Write a letter to your 20-year-old self. Or chose any year that you want to focus on. Talk to your younger self now looking back. What do you want your younger self to know that she did not realize then?

28.  You are starting a new slate with a  good clean heart and conscience. Who do you need to forgive? Do you need to forgive yourself?

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Journal prompts for self reflection

29. What makes you happy? Think of three things you just love so much that just thrill you.

30. Who are the most important people in your lie? Why?

31. What are some of your proudest moments? What did you do and how did you feel?

32.  When you decide to practice self-care, what do you like to do best? What do those practices make you feel?

33. What are your biggest strengths- write three things you are just so great at.

34. Do you have an opportunity to have dinner with one person you admire dead or alive? Who is it?  What questions or what are you talking about?

35. If you knew for sure you would no-fail, what is the one thing you would love to do?

36. What do you need to let go of today? Write it all down on a piece of paper and then throw it away, or burn it.

37. If you could be your best self-the very ideal of your highest most authentic self, who would you be, and what kind of person would you be?  Visualize this ideal version of you. Close your eyes. See her strengths. Her gifts.  Visualize your life as the self you would like to be. Embody these now as you write them down. And write one step to being your most authentic self.


There you go!  I hope that this journal prompt will give you a renewed excitement and drive to start a  journal towards the kind of life you envision and really want.

You are powerful and have what it takes to live a happy fulfilling full happy life. Go for it.  Commit it to paper.

Start journaling for self-reflection and personal growth and self-discovery today.


Journal prompts for self development and reflection

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