Not just for goal setting, these journal prompts are meant to help you identify which goals properly serve your future identity and deepest dreams, and which you’re better off releasing. Clarity makes space.
“Define what you really want. No clarity, no change. No goals, no growth.” — Brendon Burchard, Life’s Golden Ticket
You might not be the only person who needs to support your goal, but your goal needs your support.
To help you better understand which goals are most deserving of your devoted attention, I’m sharing some journal prompts that have helped me get clear on what’s serving where I most want to go and who I most want to be.
If you sit down with these prompts and allow yourself the space to answer them honestly and thoroughly, I think they’ll serve you too. They’re encouragement for what matters, discernment where it’s necessary—because we can do anything, but we can’t do everything (especially not all at once).
This message comes in the wake of me gaining clarity on what must stay and what can go: clarity of passion precedes productivity. Clarity might mean you do less in order to grow; it might also mean that you get more passionate about what you are doing.
Bring to mind one goal at a time for this process. Take your time; it will likely save you time in the future when you’re not running around trying to do it all, but instead focusing on those goals that will really move the needle and serve your Work.
Note: If your answer is not a “YES!” with an exclamation point on the end, it still might be worthwhile to pursue, but it helps to know why you must pursue it.
13 Journal Prompts for Goal Setting, Keeping, Revising, Releasing
1. What do I see myself doing and experiencing in one year? Five years?
2. Is this goal relevant to who I see myself being in the future?
3. Am I passionate about this goal? Would I follow through with this goal day in, day out, regardless of wealth or recognition?
4. Why does meeting this goal matter to me? To others, the community, humanity?
5. How long might it be before I see any noticeable results from pursuing and meeting this goal? Do I have the resources—energy, time, money, willpower—to follow through with this goal?“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” — Maya Angelou tell a friend
6. What do I need to meet this goal? Who might I be able to ask for help?
7. What might I be missing out on in pursuit of this goal?
8. What could I do to meet this goal with as much joy as possible?
9. Who am I helping by doing what I most want to do?
10. What community or worldly concerns do I want my work to be of service to?“Every change is a challenge to become who we really are.” — Marianne Williamson tell a friend
11. How do I want people to remember my work?
12. What goal is no longer serving how I most want to be and serve?
13. What would it feel like to be completely comfortable with not meeting my goal? How could I use perceived failure as fuel for forward movement in my life as a whole?
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What goal must you pursue and how is that serving the ultimate “yes” in the heart of your work?
In the comments below, share the core desires behind your big goals and dreams, personal goal setting and revising practices that serve you, and any stories of making a change to how you do things—I’d love to know what works for you!
Share these prompts with a friend who has at least one big dream and endless potential.
You are allowed to change, again and again, because you are always becoming.