Updated: Aug 16
If you've never kept a journal in your entire life, starting one can be a bit daunting and scary. There are so many tips and ideas out there and quite a bunch of misconception about what journalling really should be about that it's easy to get overwhelmed and confused before you even buy your first notebook. This is where you could benefits from using journaling prompts. Not everyone has been gifted with the ease of writing, and let's face it, introspecting is hard, really hard. If you read my previous post "Journaling for self-growth" You already know one good way to get started is to simply write about the life you want to have if there was no obstacles, financial or otherwise in the way.
But, it can still feel a little vague to many of you, especially if you are scared of dreaming big or are an over-thinker plagued by all your one self-limiting beliefs and blocks. If you aren't the type to just pour down your feeling freely on paper, journaling prompts are a great way to broach a topic. They are bite sized questions that let you explore a theme or specific issue freely without having to stress out. Just pick one every day, or as often as you feel the need to journal (doing it once a week is fine) and see where it takes you. Here are some journaling prompts you could try, simply write them at the top of your journal entry and then answer them as freely as you want or can. It's a good idea to re-read your entries later and if needed re-use the prompt for a fresh entry at a later date, or use the original entry to introspect further whenever you are ready to do so.
Easy journalling prompt you can try today:
- If money was no issue, what would my life be like?
- What fear from my childhood still affect me today?
- What happy memory still fuel me today
- A list of all the things you achieved in the last 12 months
- Your biggest achievements of all time
- What struggle did you overcome and how did it change you?
- What beliefs around money, work, life or emotion do you have from your childhood upbringing? How do they serve you today? Are they limiting your growth?
- What dream you woke up from still impacts you today?
- If you could visit your past self from 10 or 20 years ago, what would you tell them?
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?
- How would you feel if you could live your dream life right now?
- Write about a challenge or fear you overcame and how it made you feel.
- List your goals and dreams and come back to thick them off once you achieve them
- What quotes motivate you?
- What does your dream job looks like?
Contrary to what a lot of people think, you don't have to keep a daily journal. These days I usually journal about once a week because I marked the time to do so in my schedule. If I have more to say or if I am reading a self-help book with homeworks at the end of each chapters, like it is the case in the book I'm currently reading : "Rich as F*uck" (affiliate link), then I journal more often. Don't keep yourself under pressure to journal often if you are not ready just yet we all have very personal needs and for some, the processing time between journal entries could be longer than for others. Journaling is a form of therapy, you must be kind to yourself and allow yourself time to grow in who you are supposed to become, and it's ok not to even know what you are supposed to do or where you are going. Enjoy the journey, you will get where you are supposed to go, at you own pace, in your own time.
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