Do I spend most of my time concentrating on the past instead of the present?
Does remembering the past cause regret, pain, or discomfort?
Does remembering the past leave me feeling stuck, unable to move forwards or to achieve any form of growth?
If you’ve answered in the affirmative, you are holding on to the past for the wrong reasons and doing so is causing you a lot of pain and keeping you from living the best life possible.
What can I learn from this challenge or experience?
Which person in my life am I especially grateful for and why?
What about my body and life am I grateful for and why?
Which activities or events am I grateful for and why?
How can I make today great?
What’s the most important thing I need to do today and why is it important?
What time of day am I most productive and how can I use this time to complete my most important task?
Which things and pursuits inspire me most?
Was my day productive and did I achieve my most important goal/s?
You can check out other goal setting journaling prompts from the resources below:
In an ideal world where anything is possible, where would you like to see yourself in 5, 10, or 20 years?
What would you do today if you knew you could not fail?
Are you following your dreams?
How is your fear holding you back from achieving a dream?
What are some things that you can show yourself that would help you to overcome your fear?
What can you do today, that you didn’t think was possible some time ago? What does this show you?
If a loving friend was looking into your life, not being emotionally attached to the conditions or circumstances, what advice would she or he give you?
What does success mean to you?
What is your most significant life success to date?
What are some things you can do today to set yourself up for success tomorrow (or later on)?
What does vulnerability mean to you? Is being vulnerable a sign of strength or weakness?
If money was no object, what would your life look like in the future?
Do you allow yourself to dream big enough? If not, why?
What is the one thing that you can do today to expand your horizons and grow?
What are three things, big or small, that you are grateful for today?
Do you feel valued in your life?
Do you provide value to others in your life? How can you provide more value?
Do you have a sense of community and support around you? How can you grow this community?
What is one moment in your life that you let go fully and genuinely enjoyed living in the moment?
What are three things in life that you really enjoy doing? What feelings do these things evoke in you?
What does the ideal day in your life look like? Feel like?
If you could have a conversation with one person, dead or alive, who truly inspires you, who would it be? Why? What would the conversation be about? What would you say?
Write a letter to your future self to be read in 5, 10, or 20 years.
Write a letter to a loved one to tell them why you love and appreciate their presence in your life.
What are the top three traits you admire the most about others? About yourself?
If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be? What does this person have that entices you? Why?
Describe a time that you felt proud of yourself.
What do you know about yourself today that you didn’t a year ago?
Describe a time when you felt like you were in a bleak point in your life. How do you feel about this moment today? How has your perspective changed or shifted?
Would you benefit from forgiving someone, and release the upset from within yourself? If so, who would it be? What would it take for you to truly forgive this person?
Do you let yourself fully feel or embrace your emotions? Why or why not?
What goal or opportunity can you follow today to honor your future self?
Do you feel like you have dead weight in your life that doesn’t serve you? How can you let go of it?
What is the one thing you can do today that would easily improve your quality of life or your enjoyment of life?
What do you feel guilty about?
What does the best version of you look like?
How would it feel like to be the best version of you?
How can you invest in yourself today that would help you grow into the person you want to become?
Have you ever knowingly played the victim? How did it make you feel?
Describe a time when you felt truly empowered.
What is one challenge in your life today that you can see as a learning opportunity?
Is there a change you would like to make in your life? What will you gain from this change? What is your driving force to take action? When you make this change, how will you feel?
What are you tolerating in your life? What does it cost you to settle in this aspect of your life?
What were your hopes and dreams growing up?
If you died tomorrow, what would you be remembered for?
What would you like to leave behind as your legacy?
What does courage mean to you?
Describe the last time that you practiced courage; despite feeling fearful, you took action to realize a goal anyway.
What strengths did you possess as a child that you have brought forth to who you are today?
What new skills and characteristics have you developed in your adult life? What do people like about you today that is something different than when you were a child?
What is one question that your life experiences answer?
If you reached for a certain goal and failed, what is the worst thing that could happen? If you succeeded, what is the best thing that could happen?
If you only had one year to live and access to as much money as you wanted, what would you do? Where would you go? Who would you spend your time with?