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30 Journal Prompts to Bring You Clarity (When You Have No Idea What To Do Next)

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Everyday life can be complex. You have your work, your relationships, your aspirations, and a multitude of responsibilities pulling you in different directions. It's easy to feel overwhelmed, lost in the chaos of it all, and finding clarity can seem like an elusive goal.

Sometimes this is just the tip of ice berg, and your life’s complexities are more than just, well... complexities. Sometimes, the decisions you face are life altering. You know what we’re talking about right? When you’re at a crossroads between two (or three) huge life choices. You don’t know which way to go, it feels terrifying to make the wrong decision, and you’re stuck in a decision paralysis. 

Whether you're faced with big, scary decisions or simply navigating the complexities of everyday life, the ability to see clearly in these situations can make all the difference.

Enter journal prompts – a simple yet profound exercise that invites introspection and self-discovery. Journal prompts are simply questions that we answer through writing. They serve as a tool to highlight where our confusion is rooted, help clear the clutter from our minds, and recenter our focus on our values.

We know how easy it can be to brush off exercises like this, but the impact of writing and reflection goes far beyond mere words on a page. It's a process that invites us to delve deep into the recesses of our minds, confronting our fears, doubts, and uncertainties head-on. Through the act of putting pen to paper, we give voice to our innermost (and often unconscious) thoughts and emotions, allowing them to surface and be acknowledged. In doing so, we have the opportunity to gain a new sense of clarity and perspective, untangling the knots of confusion that have been weighing us down.

As Julia Cameron beautifully articulates in "The Right to Write," writing is not just an act; it's a spiritual practice, a form of prayer or meditation that connects us to our deepest insights and inner wisdom. It's a journey of claiming our world, making it uniquely our own, and finding solace and direction amidst life's chaos.

In this post, we'll give you 30 journal prompts designed to bring you clarity when you find yourself at a crossroads. So, grab your notebook and pen, and let's get writing.

*Tip, save this post on your phone or print it out so you can work through these prompts at your own pace. 

30 Journal Prompts to Bring Clarity:

Understanding Your Current State of Mind

Reflective Prompts:

1. What emotions am I currently experiencing?

2. What thoughts keep recurring in my mind?

3. What events or situations triggered my feelings of confusion?

Exploring Your Values and Priorities

Values Assessment:

4. What are the top three values that guide my life?

5. How do these values align (or not) with my current situation?

6. What aspects of my life feel out of sync with my values?

7. Can I identify any values that I've outgrown or wish to cultivate more in my life?

Clarifying Goals and Objectives

Goal Setting:

8. What do I hope to achieve in the short term?

9. What are my long-term aspirations?

10. Are my current actions aligned with my goals?

Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses


11. What are my greatest strengths?

12. In what areas do I need improvement?

13. How can I leverage my strengths to overcome challenges?

14. Reflect on a recent accomplishment – what strengths did I utilize to achieve it?

Considering Different Perspectives

Perspective-Shifting Prompts:

15. How might someone I admire approach this situation?

16. What advice would I give to a friend facing a similar dilemma?

17. How will my decision impact others involved?

Exploring Alternative Solutions

Creative Thinking Exercises:

18. What are three different ways I could tackle this problem?

19. How can I reframe this situation in a positive light?

20. What resources or support systems can I tap into for help?

21. How might I approach this situation differently if failure were not a concern?

Visualizing Success and Failure

Visualization Prompts:

22. What does success look like in this scenario?

23. What are the potential consequences of not taking action?

24. How can I mitigate risks and plan for potential setbacks?

Assessing Commitment and Motivation


25. Am I fully committed to pursuing a resolution?

26. What obstacles am I willing to overcome to achieve clarity?

27. What motivates me to take action?

Embracing Uncertainty and Adaptability

Acceptance and Adaptation:

28. What can I learn from the uncertainty I'm experiencing?

29. How can I embrace ambiguity and remain flexible in my approach?

30. What small steps can I take to move forward, even without complete certainty?

Reflect for a moment on the past week, how many times did you give yourself time and space to stop, reflect and learn? My hunch is that, like many of us, you didn’t prioritize yourself and your mental wellbeing as much as you would’ve liked. By incorporating these prompts into a daily or weekly journaling routine, you create a dedicated space for self-reflection and growth. This is your chance to commit to a practice that enables you to tackle challenges with more confidence and direction.


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