Journal Prompts for Goal Setting

August 2, 2020 3 min read No Comments
Artist: A Piece of Bella

Whenever I have a goal or want to create a new habit or routine I work through a series of journal prompts. This helps me gain clarity around what I am trying to achieve, figure out my ‘why‘, plan for obstacles, and identify any limiting beliefs or blocks that are getting in my way. Another important part of my goal setting process is tuning into the version of myself that has already accomplished what I want and encouraging myself every step of the way. Doing this work sets me up for success, keeps me motivated, and helps me stay on track. I hope these journal prompts will help you move closer to your goals as well!


  • Why do I need to achieve this goal? What difference will it make in my life?
  • How will I feel when I achieve this goal?
  • What does an ideal day look like having accomplished this goal?
  • What does the version of me who has accomplished this goal look like? What are her habits? Routines? Beliefs?
  • What do I have to lose if I don’t accomplish this goal?
  • What action steps do I need to take in order to achieve my goal?
  • List at least 10 possible obstacles and excuses that might get in the way of you achieving my goal
  • Make a quick plan for how I want to overcome and work around these obstacles. It’s important to write these down so you can come back to it when theses excuses actually come up (because they will).
  • It’s all about taking small action steps every single day. How can I stay on track even if I miss a day or fall off track? What is the tiniest step I can take on those days to get back on track and moving in the right direction again? For example: Even if I don’t (intended action step) at the very least I can (teeny tiny action step). This way I am still moving towards my goals.
  • Re-read your answers to the above questions to remind yourself of your WHY and the action plan you made for these days.
  • Write yourself a short note / pep talk. For example, “It’s okay to get off track as long as I don’t give up and I keep moving forward. I can’t possibly expect to execute my goal perfectly. It’s unrealistic. Accomplishing my goals is about tenacity and moving forwards even I mess up!”
  • Write: I am determined to ________________________ and will keep moving towards this goal no matter what. I might not always feel like working on this and that’s OK. I am committed to taking the following small action today___________________. If it’s truly a priority in my life I will make it happen.”
  • Three small ways I have made progress with my goal so far.

Has journaling helped you accomplish your goals? What are your favourite journal prompts? I would love to hear from you.

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