It’s easy to get stuck in your own head, with dozens of ideas flitting by every second. When we allow our thoughts to run amok, they can easily spin out of control and cause us anxiety and overwhelm.

Journaling is perhaps the best way to take back control of your thoughts. It provides you a safe space to get everything out of your head, and onto paper where you can actually organize it and turn it into something actionable.

That same practice can also help you better understand yourself—who you are, what you truly want, what’s holding you back from your goals, and so much more. Here are 30 journaling prompts for self-discovery. They will help you grow as a business owner—and as a person.

Looking for more journaling prompts? Check out these ideas for morning journaling and for creative journaling!

1. My favorite way to spend the day is…

2. If I could give my younger self advice, I would say…

3. Words I’d like to live by…

4. The people who genuinely support me are…

5. What I’ve learned from my biggest mistakes…

6. I feel most energized when…

7. Things that inspire me

8. How would … act in this situation?

9. How would you most like to be remembered professionally?  

10. How can your struggles help your customers/audience?

 

 

11. Who is your biggest fan and why?

12. Who are the 5 business owners I most admire and what do I respect about each?

13. What did you love doing as a child?

14. The beliefs/assumptions that are holding me back…

15. My inner voice is trying to tell me…

16. Nobody knows that I…

17. The most important choices that made me who I am today are…

18. Describe a time you were brave.

19. I’m most proud of myself for…

20. To me, feeling safe means…

21. The characteristics I judge most harshly in others…

22. The characteristics I judge most harshly in myself…

23. How would your life be different if you felt comfortable being yourself at all times?

24. What am I doing that I think I should?

25. My greatest strengths…

26. My greatest weaknesses…

27. Describe a time you felt especially valued and loved

28. How I define success

29. The ways I’ve grown in the last 5 years…

30. The nicest compliment I ever received was…

31. Living an authentic life means…

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Journaling for Success

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