No matter how experienced you are in journaling, you can still get stuck.
It happens to me all the time. I am ready to go, open my journal and nothing.
The most I can get to come out is “What do I need to know today.”
So I have developed many ways to get myself unstuck from writing. One of those ways is through journal prompts.
I love using journal prompts because they can ask you questions you would not even think about. Or spark ideas that were just sitting and waiting for the right trigger.
I especially love journal prompts for self-discovery because, discovering ourselves in and of itself can create a situation you don’t know how to proceed. After all you are trying to learn about yourself!
I love prompts so much that I went back to some of my old journals and pulled out powerful questions that I asked myself. Following are some of my favorites for self-discovery.
Can you identify what is stopping you? Once you understand this belief it is easier to change it and move forward.
Knowing who you will be when you follow your heart can help you better understand the hurdles you need to overcome!
Knowing where you need to go helps you to better understand yourself today. And helps you prioritize what you need to work on.
There is always positive from the bad. Even if you need to dig deep, it is there!
Sometimes we don't even know why we are doing something! Dig deep to figure out what your real motives are.
Trying to chase approval from others can lead us to not even knowing who we are. Best way to find ourselves is to dig into the why behind what we are trying to achieve.
Challenge your current way of thinking. What do you assume is a truth that when you dig deep it really is not?
Sometimes we just need to get all our life questions listed out. Then the universe can send us the answers when we are ready for them. We don't have to have the answers all the time.
I challenge you to think of reasons that you have not thought of for its existence. Do this without blaming yourself or anyone else.
As much as we want our dreams, it does mean change. What change would you not want if your dreams come true?
What would it accomplish? What do you I want it to accomplish?
Put real words to the feeling. What is making you believe this? Were you told it? Are you just assuming? It is also helpful to define what good enough is.
Too often we stress ourselves out over things that really don't deserve the time. Or they are for someone else and not you. Is it time to let go of some of those?
Many times we take on other people's feelings and assume they are ours. Especially if you are an empath. Identifying what is really your feeling can empower you to stress less because you are carrying less.
We often stay in toxic situations because the unknown is scarier than the known. Take some time to explore if you want what you have or if it is fear.
We lie to ourselves. Everyone does it. Part of our journey is discovering what things we are telling ourselves are not true.
Too often what we think is upsetting us is not the real problem. The real problem can be from issues building up over time. What else may be causing you to be angry?
We often take on too much responsibility that is not ours. Not just tasks, but also emotions and dreams.
Why are you looking for approval from others? Identifying why can help you change that belief!
When push comes to shove, what stays and what goes?
Hopefully these journal prompts will help you on your journey to discovering more about yourself.
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Andrea Travillian is an emotional healing coach. She helps clients break free of making the same mistakes over again. She has her MBA and undergraduate in finance and her coaching certificate. She is an author, speaker, and most importantly mom.