80 Inspiring Journal Prompts for Self Discovery

Answering self discovery journal prompts is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of who you are as a person.

Who am I? What is my purpose? Am I on the right path? I’ve been thinking about these self discovery questions for as long as I can remember. They seem to rack my brain no matter how old I am or where I’m currently at in life.

And probably always will. But the truth is that who I am is always changing. And you’re always changing. You’re forever growing and being shaped by the ebb and flow of life.

Journaling on Your Self Discovery Journey

When you are trying to figure out who you are and who you want to be, establishing a journaling practice serves as a great personal growth tool. It provides clarity on where you are right now and gives insight into where you’re going. Here is what journaling can help you do:

  • Quiet your inner critic and become more confident in yourself
  • Recognize and break bad habits so that they can be replaced with positive habits
  • Visualize your future self and become the person you’ve dreamed
  • Appreciate the little things in life while you still can
  • Define your personal values to help guide your decisions and actions in life
  • Get through difficult situations no matter how many times you’ve been knocked down
  • Figure out your life purpose and discover your passion
  • Discover your authentic self and uniqueness

80 Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery

Since discovering yourself encompasses many different areas of life, I’m going to share some helpful and thought-provoking journal prompts for the mind, body, emotion, and soul.

a positive affirmation for self discovery journaling

Journal Prompts for the Mind

The journal prompts for your mind are meant to help you focus on your mental health. This includes things like paying attention to your thought patterns and strengthening your brain.

1. Do you value your ability to think and make sound decisions?

2. How do you strengthen your mind? Is a strong mind important to you?

3. Are you open-minded? Do you make an effort to think about things from a different point of view?

4. Do you have a positive mindset? If so, how did you get into that mental space?  If not, how can you be more positive?

5. What things do you do to get mental clarity? Meditate? Journal?

6. Write down your limiting beliefs? How can you let those beliefs go?

7. Are you satisfied with your mental capabilities?

8. Do you believe in your ability to achieve your goals?

9. How are you feeling mentally at the moment?

10. Have you ever suffered from imposter syndrome? How did you overcome it?

11. Do you recognize your worth?

12. Do you make time to be productive?

13. What goals do you have for your mind? Analyze better? Think more clearly?

14. Think about your dream life. Write it out. Create a plan to make it happen.

15. What is one thing that you have always believed, but now know not to be true?

16. Do you believe that your thoughts can shape your reality?

17. What do you think of yourself?

18. If you could give a friend one piece of advice to advance their mental capabilities, what would it be?

19. What are you doing to advance your knowledge?

20. How do you deal with negative thoughts?

Journal Prompts for the Body

The journal prompts for your body help you focus on your physical health and living a healthy lifestyle.

21. Do you make getting enough sleep a priority?

22. How do you feel physically? Any body aches? Muscle soreness? Fatigue?

23. Is exercise a part of your life?

24. Write down 5 fitness goals you want to achieve.

25. How would you describe your eating habits?

26. Do you usually eat breakfast? Or do you prefer to eat around noon?

27. If you could eat one thing every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

28. What type of things do you do to relax your body?

29. Are you happy with your body? The way it looks? 

30. What are your thoughts on plastic surgery?

31. What do you like most about your body?

32. If you could change one thing about yourself physically, what would it be?

33. What are some things you could do to have better health?

34. Do you go to the doctor regularly?

35. What does your hygiene routine look like?

36. What is your way of eating? Are you Paleo, Low Carb, High Carb, Vegetarian, or something else?

37. Do you allow your body time to relax and recuperate?

38. What is your favorite healthy meal? One that tastes good, but also makes you feel good.

39. If you could give one piece of health advice to a friend, what would it be?

40. What’s one thing you can do right now to improve your health?

a quote about discovering your authentic self

Journal Prompts for Emotions

The journal prompts for emotion focus on your emotional intelligence and helps with self awareness. It requires you to pay attention to how you cope with difficult emotions.

41. Are you comfortable with expressing your emotions? 

42. What emotion do you find the hardest to express? 

43. When was the last time you cried? How did you feel afterwards?

44. How do you know when you are loved? What does it feel and like?

45. Explain how you cope with feeling overwhelmed.

46.  Do you allow yourself to get emotionally close to others?

47. How do you express anger? Do you do it in a healthy way?

48. How do you show yourself love?

49. Are you comfortable with setting and sticking to boundaries?

50. Describe your closest relationship with another person. (It doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship.)

51. How do you work through feelings of fear?

52. How are you feeling emotionally at the moment?

53. Are you in control of your emotions? Do you give yourself time to sort through strong emotions? Or do you act on them immediately?

54. Are your feelings easily hurt?

55. How big of a role do you think your emotions play in the decisions you make?

56. When was the last time you truly felt happy? 

57. Do you get angered easily? 

58. Do you allow yourself to say NO without feeling guilty?

59. How do you go about forming emotional connections with others? 

60. Research emotional intelligence. Now write down ways in which you can improve your own.

Journal Prompts for the Soul

The journal prompts for your soul are to help you define your personal beliefs and own spirituality.

61. Do you have a connection with yourself? Are you in tune with your thoughts, feelings? Do you seek wisdom from yourself?

62. How do you feel about meditation? Do you meditate? What are some of the benefits you’ve seen from meditating?

63. What makes your soul happy? What brings it pure joy?

64. Write down how you plan to live your best life.

65. Think about your inner peace. What things can you let go of to achieve the peace you desire in your spirit?

66. What makes you feel grounded? How often do you participate in activities to make you feel grounded?

67. Describe your soul.

68. If you could change one thing about your spirituality, what would it be?

69. What are your thoughts on life after death? Are you scared to die?

70. What are your spiritual beliefs? Were they taught to you, or did you discover your spiritual beliefs on your own?

71. Does your spirituality make you feel whole?

72. Are you okay with other people having spiritual beliefs that do not align with your own? Why or why not?

73. In what ways or methods do you connect with your higher power? How often? Is your higher power The Universe, The Divine, or God?

74. Do you feel more connected to your spiritual source in the morning, afternoon, or at night?

75. In what ways does your spirituality play a role in your life? How has it shaped you? Has it made your life better?

76. Do you have a daily spiritual routine? What does it look like?

77. Describe your spiritual goals.

78. If a stranger walked up to you and expressed interest in going on a spiritual journey, what would you say to them?

79. What would you be like if spirituality wasn’t a part of your life?

80. Does your spirituality infringe on the rights of other people?

answer self discovery prompts to uncover your true self

What are your thoughts on these self discovery journal prompts?

Leave me a comment below! Tell me what you’re journaling about on your self discovery journey.

More Journaling Resources


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *