Success Journal

25 Journaling Prompts to Boost Your Success

When I turned 8, I got a diary as a Christmas gift, which had a hard cover with a lock and key to protect it from people who would want to read the content in the book. Since childhood, I have loved writing until today, and writing has formed a great part of my routine.

In the early days, what I wrote down was a recap of the activities of the day like who sat beside me during lunch time, what a certain friend said to the other, or what school project I was supposed to do.

Now as an adult, personal journaling has taken a different shift in life as it now supports my personal life as well as my professional life.

I am what you might want to call at this point a journaling evangelist. At some point in our work together, most of my clients in coaching might tell you that I have encouraged them to try journaling. When I have a convert, I am secretly delighted, but I do not force anyone in journaling; and over the years, there are many who have converted not because I convince them, but due to the benefits that they have reaped for themselves from my personal journal ideas.

The question that is regularly asked is, "What do I write?" But answering someone stuck when it comes to creating ideas with "Anything you want" is not very helpful. But I have 25 journaling prompts that are in form of questions and which you can record and reflect on, giving you an insight on how to create journal ideas.

  • What would I do if I was assured of unlimited money and time with just one condition to pursue my dream career?
  • As a child what was the specific thing that I enjoyed doing?
  • In the world, who are the 3-5 people I admire the most, and what makes me esteem them?
  • What are some of the activities that energize me, light me up, or make me feel better, stronger, or even more inspired?
  • If someone gave me an extra hour daily and all the basic needs like sleep were met, how would I utilize the hour?
  • Who are the people living a courageous life, and why do they come to mind? What can their experience teach me?
  • If I am fully honest with myself, what assumptions or beliefs hold me back?
  • What's the best job that I have ever had, and what was it that made it so great?
  • At my 95th birthday, who would I want to give a toast about my life, and what would I want them to tell me?
  • Who in this world inspires me, and what do they teach me?
  • What stands out about the best book I have ever read or the best movie I have ever watched?
  • Which relationships would I like to enhance, and what are some of the likely first steps to go about it?
  • What did I dream of doing when I grow up?
  • What are some of the activities that are so engaging that I lose track of time?
  • The best leader I have ever had and what qualities made them so amazing?
  • When is the time I feel so successful such that I feel like being in the right place doing what I am exactly supposed to be doing?
  • What are some actions that would make a positive difference if I made them part of my daily routine?
  • What are the things that I do need to let go of, e.g., past frustrations, grudges, and long ago mistakes so that I can freely move forward in leadership, my work, and life?
  • What are some of the distractions I allow into my days, and how can I begin to minimize them?
  • What would I want my story to be if from a year now my favorite magazine asked to write an article about me?
  • What do I need more of or less of when I think about my whole life regarding my spirit, body, mind, career, and relationships?
  • What are some of the accomplishments that I am proud of?
  • What role does kindness play in my life, work, and leadership—and how can I apply more and express more?
  • How do I make a positive difference in other people's lives, and how can I do that even more?
  • When other think about me, what words do I want to come to mind?

The joy that comes with journaling is not only compelling but also fascinating. Just choose a few a day randomly depending on your mood, or just write whatever journal promptscome to your mind. Through doing that, you will find unexpected breakthroughs, clarity, and insight waiting for you at the end of the page.

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