Journal prompts to boost confidence and self-esteem
Journal prompts are an excellent way to reflect on different aspects of life. I love using prompts to help examine my fears, self-esteem, anxiety, goals, confidence, gratitude, and a host of other self discovery topics. To say that I am amazed at what I learn about myself is an understatement! Today I am sharing journal prompts to boost confidence and self-esteem.
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What are journaling prompts?
First, you need to understand the purpose of journal prompts. A journal prompt is a simple starter tool for writing. Sometimes it is difficult to organize your thoughts about a particular topic. I tend to get blogged down and start thinking of things in so many different ways. When this happens I don’t know where to start writing.
Why use Journal prompts?
Journal prompts help with this problem of where to start. For example, when I think about confidence I start to explore everything from what confidence means to me to trying to figure out what happened the last time I lost my confidence.
Journal prompts can break down a topic and allow you to focus on one aspect at a time. One prompt might explore confidence triggers while another may take a look at how thoughts affect confidence levels.
Even if you are not having problems with inspired journal ideas journal prompts can help you look at things from a different perspective. In fact, they make your journal time more effective. I highly encourage you to give them a try!
How to use Journal prompts
In my opinion, there really aren’t rules or a wrong way to use journal prompts. Perhaps you prefer to list your thoughts instead of writing paragraphs. Maybe you draw to express your feelings based on the prompt. Ultimately, what you discover about yourself is more important than how to write it.
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Where to journal?
You can choose to journal in any way that you want! I mostly use writing prompts in my bullet journal. I love using the pages to self reflect as well as plan and track. If you prefer, try a personalized journal or notebook. Occasionally, I will switch to a cute inspirational notebook or if I have a self discovery on the fly, my phone.
Guided journals are also a great option if you are new to journaling. Think done for you prompts, quotes, and exercises.
Mastering self confidence with Nlp is one of my favorite guided journals and I highly recommend it for improving self confidence. The reason I recommend this book is because of the positive reframe and self-talk excercises. I believe the biggest voice in your head is your own. So, make that voice speak positivity into you!
Tips for working with journal prompts
- Don’t be so hard on yourself. It can be really easy to judge yourself when writing down thoughts. Everything from what others would think to grammar and handwriting. Give yourself permission and space to be honest about your feelings.
- Create a safe space to express yourself. If that means a locked journal do it! It is so helpful to look back on what you write. But, if you don’t feel like your thoughts private you will not get all the great benefits of journaling.
- Always start on a new page. If you are easily distracted like myself. Starting a new page will help you to stay focused.
- Make time to write. I suggest scheduling writing into your day or week. Avoid feeling rushed to write your thoughts or not writing at all. By blocking out time you give yourself permission to focus only on the prompt.
Don’t forget to download the printable page of prompts to stick in your journal!
Journal prompts to boost confidence & self-esteem
- What would you do if you knew you would not fail?
- When do you feel the strongest?
- Think about a person you admire. What qualities do you share with them?
- Write down 10 of your favorite self confidence quotes to reference on a bad day.
- What is your best physical feature and why do you feel it’s your best feature?
- If could become an expert in any subject or activity what would it be?
- Write about the last time you were proud of yourself.
- What Is your greatest talent?
- How do you sabotage your self confidence?
- Write about the last time you overcame a fear.
- Pretend you are receiving a big honor. Write about all the awesome things you would want the audience to know about you when you are being introduced.
- What is it about failure that scares you?
- List your favorite affirmations. What do they mean to you?
- What is one Compliment you struggle to accept?
- Why do your favorite affirmations give you confidence?
- What is your confidence building theme song and why?
- Who is the loudest voice in your head and why?
- How can I reframe the way I talk to myself to be more confident?
- What is the best compliment you have received? Do you agree with the Compliment?
- Write about a time that you failed. What did you learn from your failure?
- Make a list of things you would do if you weren’t afraid. How would doing It impact your life?
- What can you learn from your biggest triumph?
As you explore these journal prompts to boost your self-confidence and self-esteem I hope they provide some clarity in your journey of self discovery. The best way to be more confident is to know exactly who you are.
Of course, I would love to try your favorite journal prompts so drop them in the comments!
Scroll to the end to download a printable page of these prompts to stick in your journal!