16 Journal Prompts for Self-Growth 

by | Nov 1, 2023 | Self-Improvement

Personal and self-growth doesn’t happen by accident. If you want to grow as a person, you’re going to have to make it an intentional part of your life. There are many ways to embrace change, but let’s focus on the art of journaling as a tangible way to make progress on your journey. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry. We’re here to make this process a bit easier by sharing 16 helpful journal prompts for self-growth!  

Self-Growth Definition

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Before moving on, it’s important that we’re all on the same page when it comes to the definition of self-growth. We love the way that The Berkley Well-Being Institute™ defines self-growth as “an intrinsic process in which you develop and expand your abilities.” Even though we can be inspired by those around us, no one can help you grow but yourself.  

Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Annual Questions to Ask 

You may feel intimidated by staring at a blank page when journaling. So, when it comes to reflecting on your personal growth journey, we thought it would be helpful to provide some journal prompts for self-growth to get you started. 

Here are 16 questions to ask for daily, weekly, monthly, and even annual reflection. 

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Daily Journal Prompts for Self-Growth 

When considering whether you’re excelling at or falling short of your goals, daily check-ins are crucial. If you wait until the end of the week or month, it’s likely you won’t remember the details of your day to day.  

Here are four daily questions to ask yourself: 

  1. How did I make an impact today? 
  1. What went well today? What didn’t? 
  1. What’s something I learned? 
  1. What did I do today to nourish my mind, body, or soul? 

Weekly Journal Prompts for Self-Growth 

According to Friday™, most people are weekly planners. Even if we eventually break down our tasks into daily to-do lists, we typically start with our weekly goals, events, etc. Start your Monday off feeling confident that you learned everything from the week prior to better yourself. 

Here are four weekly questions to ask yourself: 

  1. What was my greatest accomplishment this week? 
  1. What am I grateful for? 
  1. How did I spend my time this week? 
  1. What inspired me? 
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Monthly Journal Prompts for Self-Growth 

Now we’re getting into big picture questions. One of which is, are we on track to reaching our annual goals? This is a good time to check-in on whether or not your daily and weekly efforts are making a difference. 

Here are four monthly questions to ask yourself: 

  1. Did I meet my monthly goals? 
  1. If so, what are the reasons? And if not? 
  1. Am I running into the same problems or setbacks? If so, why haven’t I overcome that obstacle? 
  1. What personal growth book will I read? 

Annual Journal Prompts for Self-Growth 

You’re at the end of another year. This time can be both discouraging and hopeful. The goal is to reach the end of the year and know that you did everything in your power to grow as a person, reach your goals, and get closer to your dreams.  

Hopefully, by checking in on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, you can be proud of your progress by yearend. Either way, annual reflection is another important part of your self-growth journey. 

Here are four annual questions to ask yourself: 

  1. How was I challenged this year?  
  1. How did I do on my new year’s resolutions or my word of the year goals? 
  1. What area of my life do I want to improve this year? 
  1. What’s my word of the year and how do I plan to live it out?  

Reflect and Grow! 

In order to cultivate a mindset of self-growth, there must be self-reflection. Not only does journaling allow you to observe your past, but it will help you plan for your future.  

Journaling may be a new habit for you, so you can use all the help you can get, right? Check out our blog post on “The Art of Being Consistent,” and use it as a guide to stick with it!