To me, inspiration is about finding a fresh perspective. It’s about harnessing a renewed vigor, sense of purpose and renewed trust in the universe. Feeling inspired is a magical state of mind – but I don’t believe it only comes from somewhere outside me. Inspiration can be found if we just get on it’s trail.
Like how artists work with slabs of marble to “see” a statue inside it, we can work with our own current ideas to spot interesting possibilities.
These journal prompts are all about doing that. Have a look at these 25 and see what you can create.
1. Roy Eugene Davis said, “with pure motives, the right actions will be spontaneous.” What truly motivates you?
2. What (person, place, event) have you felt intensely curious about recently?
3. What rules are better off broken? List 10 you’ve encountered recently.
4. How are your words powerful? Describe a time when in your communication you’ve “packed a punch”?
5. In what ways do you feel you’ve stayed “wild”? How can you cultivate this?
6. Get comfortable. Does this statement feel expansive or not? How can there be growth in stillness?
7. Arthur C. Clark said, “the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” Explain a time when you ventured beyond your comfort zone and were glad you did. What made this so “successful”?
8. How can the quality of sensitivity be a strength?
9. Pick a stagnant area of your life. What does it need?
10. I want to do things that bring me more of __________.
11. I don’t want to wrestle with __________ anymore. What would be easier?
12. Kurt Vonnegut said, “we are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” What have you pretended to be?
13. How can you “keep your higher communication lines open” to inspiration?
14. What are some ways you’ve invested in yourself that yielded surprising payoffs?
15. The inner child never considers __________ (list 10 things).
16. Jonathan Swift said “vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” Explain a time you’ve “seen” what isn’t visible.
17. What (people, daily rituals, places) keeps you grounded in your sense of self? How can you access more of this?
18. How could you possible take more risks in your understanding of yourself?
19. How might you need to update or re-introduce yourself to your way of “playing”?
20. Author Kathleen McGowan said, “you cannot manifest something that is not in the best interest of the world around you.” What do you want, that the world around you also wants?
21. What does it mean to have a growth mindset? How can you be more expansive in your thinking?
22. The kind of opportunities I want to look for are: _________________________________________________________________________.
23. What support systems do you need to live a creative life?
24. Who would you want to be if you wrote the story of your life?
25. Truly, genuinely satisfying personal achievement requires: _________________________________________________________________________.
There’s more journal fuel where this came from – peep my 30 Journal Prompts for Creative Self-Discovery.