30 Self-Discovery Questions For Personal Development

“The greatest discovery in life is self-discovery. Until you find yourself you will always be someone else. Become yourself.” –Miles Munroe

Self-Discovery- the act or process of gaining knowledge or understanding of your abilities, character, and feelings

Self-discovery is a journey we will be on for the rest of our lives. I believe we discover and re-discover ourselves in various life stages. Sometimes we learn what works for us, things that no longer work, or we are awakened to who we NEVER were. As I grow, evolve, and develop in my womanhood it’s been a journey learning about myself. I love seeing my friends evolve, grow, and become as well. Journaling is an essential tool for our personal development because its a catalyst for self-discovery. According to a 2013 study expressive writing in older adults and women aided in their wound healing. This is the perfect reminder of how our body, mind, and soul are connected.

Here are a 5 examples on the power of journaling (WEBMD 2021):

  • Regulates emotions

  • Can speed up physical healing

  • It creates awareness (i.e. self-discovery)

  • It can reduce anxiety

  • It helps to open you up

“Be healthy and take care of yourself. But be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.”

— Beyonce (Shape, 2013)

I have been journaling since I was a pre-teen, and it has been such a gift for my mental health, and I can confirm it helps regulates emotions when you want to go off on someone (LOL). Below I have listed out 30 self-discovery questions to help aid in your personal development. This will be a GREAT starter into this new year. If you are feeling bold, please share some of your answers below!

All my love,


30 Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery

  1. What lights you up?

  2. What do people tend to ask for advice from you on?

  3. What weighs you down?

  4. How do you usually feel when you’re around your closest friends?

  5. What is something (this can be a hobby etc) that you cannot get enough of?

  6. What would you do for free?

  7. What comes easy to you?

  8. What frustrates you?

  9. Do you like routines or going with the flow?

  10. What comments can be triggering for you?

  11. What’s your favorite color?

  12. What meal do you enjoy making?

  13. Eating out or eating in?

  14. Mcdonald’s or Chick-Fila (haha)?

  15. What do you like about your career?

  16. What things would you like to change about your career?

  17. What is something new that you would like to try this year?

  18. What is something that you would like to TOSS this year?

  19. Who would you like to get to know this year?

  20. What friendship needs nurturing?

  21. What is currently holding you back?

  22. What project are you attacking this year?

  23. What do you need to improve on?

  24. What is a fear of yours?

  25. Where would you like to travel this year?

  26. How do you wind down?

  27. Where do you go to reflect?

  28. What do you love about your features?

  29. If money wasn’t a limitation, what would you do?

  30. What is your word for the year?


"If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

— Michelle Obama

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  1. Great journal prompts!
    What weighs me down? Expectations others (esp family) have on me. As a recovering “people pleaser” this one is still tough but working through it daily.
    CHICK-FIL-A, duh lol