Journaling is a wonderful tool for discovering new things about yourself. It is through journal writing that many of us sort out our biggest problems, discover our greatest fears, and learn who we truly are in the world. For many, writing is a way of both expressing yourself and creating new opportunities in your mind. Creative thinking is one of the best pathways toward successful problem solving and critical thinking. While any form of journaling can be a worthwhile exercise, there are some journaling prompts that encourage deeper self-evaluation than others. Try these three journal prompts to better focus on your own personal growth and development in your writing.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
While this prompt may feel very "interview-y", it actually has a lot of potential. The question is a very broad one and leaves a lot of room for creativity. Try thinking about the question and addressing it from all angles. What do you picture yourself physically doing on this day five years from now? Will you be sitting at your computer like you are now? Will you live in the same home? Then think broader. What will you be doing? Who will you be with? This is a wonderful way to evaluate your personal goals for the future.
What is your most vibrant childhood memory?
This prompt is a bit more direct than the last. You are asked to think about a very specific time and location. However, looking into the past is a great way to open up questions about yourself and your own growth. Why was that memory so important? What about it makes it so vibrant? Are those things that make it important still part of your life today? You can use this prompt as an opportunity to see how you've grown as a person since this time. Look at your values as a child and now. Have they changed? This type of inner reflection is always productive.
What is the one thing you feel always brings out the good in people?
This journaling prompt can be more challenging. Narrowing down one thing that you think brings out universal good will take some serious thought and reflection. This is a great way to conceptualize all the things that you hold most important in character and values. Knowing what it is you value most in someone else or what it is you think others value most, usually has a lot to say about you and your own values. I personally love prompts like this that force positive thinking because negativity is so prevalent and easy today. Use this prompt to examine your every day situation and the people you surround yourself with.