When you are looking for personal growth, then there’s no question that self-discovery is a crucial part.
Yes, there are many things that you want to achieve in your life.
From achieving your goals to fall in love, and earn a lot of money.
However, when you want to meet all these goals, you really need to know yourself well. Otherwise, it is just like traveling without a roadmap since you won’t ever be fulfilled.
One of the best parts of the journey of self-discovery is that it never ends.
So, there isn’t a right or wrong time to start this journey. After all, you will always discover new things about yourself.
It’s normal. But when you want to get out of a rut, then you need to listen to yourself. And one of the best ways to achieve this is by journaling.
Journaling = dedicating some time to yourself.
Notice that this is something that you should look at as a marathon and not as a quick race. So, just take one prompt each day and answer the question in your head. Besides, you should also take the time to self-analyze.
If you are really into starting your journey, then the best way to start self-discovery is to dedicate some time for introspection.
One of the things that we believe is very important is that even if you already have the journaling habit, you should start a new one just for your self-discovery journey.
And the reason is quite simple. As we just mentioned above, it is natural that your thoughts, feelings and even your actions change over time according to the different experiences you have in your life.
So, having a place where you can see all these changes is really important.
Simply put, you should take the time to use your self-discovery journal as the place where you write down all your ideas, thoughts, and answers to:
1. Questions that get at the core of your values.
2. Beliefs, quirks, interests, and faults….
The main goal of this self-discovery journal is to really get to know yourself better.
Now that you already know how to start your self-discovery journal and what goes in it, we believe that you should also understand how to use the 50 prompts for self-discovery that we are about to give you.
The suggestions are as follow:
1. 5 things you are grateful for.
2. How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
3. 10 things you are really good at.
4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
5. What are you doing today to ensure that you get there?
6. What toxic habits do you need to let go of?
7. Come up with 5 ways that you can get out of your comfort zone.
8. What is your definition of happiness?
9. Write down 15 positive affirmations (e.g. I am beautiful…)
10. If you could get a yes/no-answer to anything, what would you ask?
11. List down 3 hobbies.
12. Who/what is your biggest inspiration? Why?
13. Your favorite place in the world? Why?
14. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
15. Describe your ideal ‘dream life’.
16. Write down the ways you show yourself love.
17. Write a letter to your younger self.
18. What are the 5 flaws that you choose to accept? Find something positive about them.
19. Write down 5 goals that you wish to accomplish before the year ends.
20. A self-care routine that you want to stick to.
21. Write down 20 things that you know for sure (especially ones that you didn’t know a year ago).
22. Highlight the limiting beliefs that are holding you back.
23. What are the distractions hindering your productivity? How can you reduce them?
24. What do you need more of in your life?
25. Describe yourself in 3 words (adjectives).
26. Reflect on your worst moments in life…how did they shape the person you are today?
27. When was the last time you did something for the first time? How did it make you feel?
28. Describe your ideal day.
29. What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t yet?
30. What are the things/activities that give you a feeling of importance? Do more of those.
31. What is one flaw that you can’t seem to accept? Make peace with it.
32. Write about the best piece of advice you’ve ever received.
33. Reflect on the different roles you play in life (partner, parent, sibling, friend, son/daughter…). How good are you at them?
34. What are you most proud of in your life?
35. What are your strengths? How can you use them to get ahead in life?
36. What is your biggest pet peeve?
37. What do you look for in a friend/partner? Does your current friend(s)/partner possess these qualities? If no, why are you keeping them anyway?
38. How do you deal with your problems? Is it healthy?
39. If you could only keep 3 of the things you have today, what would they be and why?
40. Arrange in order of importance; money, health, family.
41. What keeps you awake at night?
42. If you could go back in time, what would you change and why?
43. What’s your MBTI personality type?
44. Make a bucket list…do something this month to tick off at least one thing.
45. Describe your ‘dream job’.
46. In hindsight write about a blessing in disguise.
47. What do you often get complimented on?
48. What are your current struggles?
49. What’s one song, book or TV show that changed your life in a way? How?
50. If you could go to the happiest place on earth (doesn’t have to be Disney), who would you take with you? Why?
When you finish this challenge, you should make sure that you go back and reread all that you wrote. One of the most interesting things that will probably occur is that your answers may surprise you.
When you are reading your answers, you should keep some things in mind. You should understand what brings you true happiness, where your life is at the moment, a difference in your thoughts, what you want from your life, and what you can do to get closer to what you want.