5 Journal Prompts That Will Help You Discover Who You Are

By Dominica

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Last Updated: May 28, 2021

Do you like to journal? Or have you been considering journaling for a while now, yet haven’t made the commitment?

Journaling is a wonderful tool to help you sift, sort, and process information and emotions. It’s also a great way to just keep track of what’s going on in your life. Looking back through the years or decades can be interesting and rewarding.

Journaling can also have a positive impact on your emotional or mental health.

Why?

Because it gives you an outlet for thoughts and emotions.  It’s soothing to the soul and it might just make you see life from a deeper perspective.  You can write whatever you want, say whatever you feel, without having to worry about the thoughts or judgments from others.

Many people use journaling simply to help them ease their minds and worries or perhaps to note experiences in their lives. I enjoy regular journaling to gain insight, get my emotions out, heal emotional wounds, and become more self-aware.

If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at the following journal prompts. Using such prompts can be helpful as you begin your journal journey.

1.   What Does Your Dream Life Look Like?

Maybe you’re already living your dream life. If so, congrats. If not, here’s a journal prompt that will help you continue to dream and go after whatever your desires are. 

Consider this question very carefully. Don’t just haphazardly write down unrealistic dreams that you are already telling yourself will never happen. Slow down and think about how you really want your life to look short and long-term.

Where would you go if you could go anywhere? What would you do if you could do anything? What is your idea of a dream life?

Be as detailed and specific as you can. Once you’ve described your dream life, start thinking of small things that you can work towards to get closer to achieving your dream life. And, don’t forget to enjoy the journey toward manifesting it.

2.   What Are Your Strengths & Weaknesses?

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? You might need to tackle these questions separately. Give them some real thought and consider times in your life that your strengths or your weaknesses had a direct effect on situations.

For example, when is a time that a weakness has held you back? When is a time that a strength has helped you achieve or overcome? Talk about your strengths and your weaknesses in detail. How do you feel about them?

Once you identify your strengths and your weaknesses, how can you use those going forward? How can you improve perceived weaknesses?

3.   Write a Letter

Is there someone in your life you didn’t get to share your thoughts or emotions with, but you still want to?

What do you want to say?

Write a letter to the person or people in your life where you feel you didn’t get to express your voice. This could be someone you aren’t very happy with or someone who has had a wonderful impact on you.

You aren’t writing the letter to send to them. This is simply an exercise to get out what you didn’t have the chance or just didn’t want to share at the time. Or, perhaps you never had the chance to share.

Again, this letter should be written to someone else and perhaps address something left unsaid. Here are some ideas.

  • Write a letter to someone who was there for you when you needed it most
  • Write a letter to a friend you drifted away from
  • Write a letter to someone you lost
  • Write a letter to an ex or a crush
  • Write a letter to someone who significantly impacted your life

This list could easily grow long, but the key is to share something you never got to share. This letter may be a somewhat emotional experience on some level. That being said, if you think you’ll become emotionally triggered in a way that would feel overwhelming, it may not be the time to write such a letter. Rather, write a letter to someone who has impacted your life in a positive way.

4.   How Can I Impact the World?

This one is hard for some people but it’s a great way to really dig into who you are and what makes you tick. And, you can find ways that you can share who you are in a positive way. Everyone can make changes in the world if they are willing to try. Your actions might be small or large; both matter. Or, it might just be an idea that you share.

What can YOU do, using your own strengths and characteristics, to make a difference somewhere? You don’t have to run for President, single-handedly cure a disease or resolve homelessness.

But think about an action or change you can make that might just have an impact on some level.

5.   Look in the Mirror

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? For many of us, we see imperfections. We instantly notice something that we want to change or something that isn’t right. Now, erase those thoughts and look again.

Grab your journal. Look in the mirror and write down exactly what you see. Describe colors, thoughts, feelings, and physical aspects. This is a good, hard look in the mirror.

Don’t just write about what you don’t like. Look for those things you consider positive too. Also, look deep into your eyes, right into what some call your soul.  That soul is beautiful and radiant. Remind yourself of this.

As you look over yourself in the mirror, say, “I love you. I see you and I really love you.”

Take a deep breath and truly feel love for yourself. After all, you’re worthy of such love.

Conclusion

Journaling can be therapeutic to our hearts and minds, but it can also provoke thought and change. I hope these prompts have helped you come to know yourself a bit better and have helped you cultivate more self-love.

Feel free to continue journaling, getting to know yourself better on all levels.

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5 comments on “5 Journal Prompts That Will Help You Discover Who You Are”

  1. I appreciated every one of these sugestions you made about journaling. Your sugestions are very worth to me and they make me feel every possibilities we can improve in our lives! You sugests to us see some details that usualy we could not see or think about. Thanks by that!

  2. Your tips are so practical, simple & highly effective.you are also to the point in your assessments.Well worth the read! Thank you kindly🙏✌👍

  3. Yes, I need to take a good long look at myself and appreciate myself for what I am, what I have achieved, be proud of myself. I make it a practice to spend a couple of minutes every morning looking in the mirror before I brush my hair and I speak to the image looking back at me. I thank you for the reminder that writing things down brings out the happiness or pain one is experiencing with no judgment or advice. It aids the soul in the understanding of what really matters.

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