You’ve set your resolutions, toasted to the New Year, and have big dreams of 2021 being better than 2020 (though that might not take much). So now what?
While you could dive into your goals, it can be even more beneficial to take the time to reflect on where you’ve been, where you are, and where you want to go. This is the best way to ensure you’re on the path to making this year your best yet. Set aside some quiet time where you won’t be disturbed, brew a soothing mug of Cacao Bliss to relax and unlock your "Bliss" molecule, and use one of the journal prompts below to get started. *
6 Journal Prompts For The New Year
Write A Gratitude List
It’s a classic for a reason. Writing out the things you’re grateful for is a great way to focus on all the good things already in your life and put yourself in that positive vibration for the new year. Simply make a list of all the people, places, and things you’re grateful for, then go back through and add a “why” to each one. Once that’s done, you can even write out ways you can cultivate more of the things you’re grateful for and how you can share that gratitude with others.
Map Out Your One Big Goal
If you tend to be more analytically-minded, this might be the journal prompt for you. Big, bold goals are the best kind but sometimes they can also make you feel like you don’t know where to start. Take that goal from concept to reality by listing out each and every step you can think of that you’ll need to take to get there. By breaking your goal down into smaller pieces, it’s much easier to chip away at it. And consistent progress is the best way to achieve what you want.
A Love Letter To Your Body
A lot of people set health-oriented goals for the new year, which is great because our health is our most precious resource. But before you start focusing on what you want to change or improve, take a few moments to reflect on when you felt strong in your physical body during the previous year. Maybe you ran your first 5K or completed a difficult hike. Maybe you mastered a tricky yoga position or lifted a higher weight than ever before. Or maybe you wrapped your arms around a loved one to comfort them or helped a child build a sand castle. Whatever it was, write about how you felt in that moment and celebrate the incredible things your body is already capable of.
Imagine Your Ideal Life
If someone could wave a magic wand and give you your ideal life, what would it look like? Don’t get bogged down by logistics or finances or what other people might think. Dream big and write down every detail you can think of. As things come up throughout the year, having clarity around your ideal life makes it easier to say yes to the things that will bring you closer to that reality and no to the things that could pull you further away.
Write A Self-Q&A
Write out all of the questions you have for your life this year. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. What uncertainties do you have? What questions do you need answered to move forward? Then go back through and answer them. This could feel tricky since you may not think you have the answers but give yourself permission to just free write without any judgment and see what comes up. You may be surprised at the level of insight and wisdom you already have around these questions.
Write A Letter From The Future
Imagine it’s December 2021 and you’re reflecting back on how the year went for you. What have you accomplished? What have you learned? What meaningful experiences did you have? What setbacks did you face and how did you overcome them? Write it all out and then keep it somewhere you can reference it anytime you start feeling like you might be getting off track or need a dose of motivation. No one can inspire you like you can.
Journaling is a great way to get out of your head and view both the year behind you and the year ahead from a new perspective. But this doesn’t have to be a one-time thing! Committing to a regular journaling practice is a great way to stay focused on your goals and release anything that’s no longer serving you.
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