50 Journal Prompts for Self-improvement & Self-discovery

Jordan Tarver
August 25, 2020

Journaling gives you an opportunity to explore your own mind, body, and soul. Through different journal prompts and exercises, you can learn more about yourself and even finds ways to improve your life. I've used several different journal prompts over the years to help me discover myself, my passions, what I'm grateful for, which has allowed me to live a more meaningful life. By using the journal prompts for self-improvement and self-discovery below, you can work on improving your life and discover who you are.

What Is Self-improvement?

Self-improvement, or personal development, is the act or effort to improve your mindset, knowledge, character, or overall life. It's the journey of making one area or all areas of your life better by simply aiming to improve by 1% every day (it adds up, trust me). How do you get started? Well, there are numerous ways to start your self-improvement quest, including journal prompts, meditation, and building healthy habits, just to name a few.

Why Should I Care?

While you don't have to focus on improving yourself, it would be silly to avoid it. Making the conscious effort to improve your life will help you unlock new opportunities, grow and develop as a person, and achieve the maximum version of your character. If you don't choose to improve your life, you risk never have anything better than what you have now.

Journal Prompts for Self-improvement

  • Am I stepping outside my comfort zone?
  • How can I push myself to my fullest potential?
  • How can I do more of what makes me happy?
  • What areas in my life do I want to improve on?
  • What is the area that, if you made an improvement on, would give you the greatest return?
  • Why is improving myself important to me? 
  • Do I practice self-care? If not, how can I begin practicing?
  • Do I feel emotionally healthy? Why or why not?
  • What achievements have made me proud?
  • What is one thing you can do today to improve your life forever?
  • How can I shift my mindset to better my outlook on life?
  • What brings me happiness?
  • How can I eliminate unhealthy habits?
  • What bad habits can I remove from my life? 
  • Am I truly happy with my life? If not, why?
  • How can I believe in myself more?
  • What are ways I can challenge myself to get outside my comfort zone?
  • Name five things that inspire you.
  • How can I push myself to my fullest potential?
  • Do other people's judgements hold me back from becoming who I want to be?
  • How can I love myself more?
  • To resolve stressful situations, I can... (name five things)
  • When do I feel most confident?
  • How can you gain more confidence?
  • What would happen if I spent less time on social media?

What Is Self-discovery?

Self-discovery is not a journey to discover someone new, it's a journey to break down the barriers within yourself to discover who your soul always knew you were. It's a process of understanding your own character and becoming aware of your potential and motives. If you discover yourself, you’re able to tap into your passions, figure out your life’s purpose—the reason you get up in the morning—and learn what motivates you. Ultimately, discovering who you are and what you want to do allows you to unlock the best version of yourself.

Why Should I Care?

Without discovering yourself—understanding your purpose, passions, potential, and motives—you’ll never achieve something better than what you have now. You’ll choose to live a life inundated by unconsciousness and the pain that comes along with it. 

Journal Prompts for Self-discovery

  • What makes me excited to wake up every day?
  • When do I feel most aligned in my life?
  • What does your dream day look like?
  • How do you feel when you do things you're interested in?
  • What are you grateful for?
  • What can't you live without?
  • Who inspires you? Why? 
  • What brings you happiness?
  • What does success look like to you?
  • If failure wasn't a factor, what would you do?
  • What are my best qualities?
  • What do you value most in life?
  • Do you have fears that hold you back? If so, how can you overcome them?
  • How do you want to be remembered?
  • What things energize you? How can you do more of them?
  • In detail, what does your dream life look like?
  • Where do you see yourself in one month? Three months? Six months?
  • What distractions are impacting your productivity? How can you remove them?
  • What is something that makes you happy but you're not doing enough of?
  • When do you feel at peace?
  • What stresses you out? How can you cope with that stress better?
  • What is something you can let go of that would improve your life today? 
  • Name five things that infuse you with enthusiasm.
  • When's the last time you did something you were passionate about?
  • What are you passionate about?

Bottom Line

Well, now that you have a 50 journal prompts you can use today to explore self-improvement and self-discovery, the ball is officially in your court. I challenge you to open your journal and use one or multiple of these prompts to start bettering your life today. If you choose to avoid self-improvement and self-discovery, you risk staying right where you are


Jordan Tarver is a lead editor at Forbes, a keynote speaker, and the bestselling author of You Deserve This Sh!t.
He’s transformed over 30,000 lives through his book, amassed more than 200,000 devoted followers, and garnered over 60 million views online. Jordan is on a mission to empower people and organizations to unlock exponential growth and expansive possibilities.

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