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How To Identify Your Desires Through Journaling

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Most people are confused about how to pinpoint what they want to do with their lives. Many have a lot of different interests and because society keeps preaching that they should pick one thing and go full force with it, they’re left wondering which one to pick, or which choice is the right one.

Most end up not choosing at all because the choice is simply too difficult and choosing one interest over the other is like splitting themselves into pieces and operating at a fraction of their abilities.

To help you identify your desires, if you’re not sure where to start, or if you’ve lost track of what brings you joy, I’ll be sharing some journal prompts to help jog your memory.

Why Journaling?

Journaling helps you reconnect with your inner voice and it has a lot of other practical benefits that I’ve listed here in this article: The Long-Term and Short-Term Benefits of Journaling.

Whenever you quiet your mind and ask yourself questions, you’ll get the answers that will help you to move forward effectively.

This is a great reminder for myself as well because sometimes I forget that all I have to do is ask and I will get the answer to the issue I’m facing.

Yes, it’s that simple, however, you have to not only listen to the guidance you receive, but you must also do what it is you’re prompted to do.

Getting the answers to your questions and doing nothing with those answers leave you in the same state you want to get out of.

So without further delay, here are a few questions to help you identify and reconnect with your desires.

21 Journal Prompts to Identify Your Desires

  1. Make a list of all the things I enjoy doing. These things can hold my attention for hours if not days and I am always eager to do them whenever I get the chance.
  2. What are some things in my life that I want to stop doing? Be specific and write down my reason for wanting these things to exit my life.
  3. If I were to spend a week away from Wi-Fi and cell service, what would I pack in my bag, the significance of these things, and why am I choosing them?
  4. Whenever I’m having an “off” day where my mood is upside down, what do I desire to do in those moments? What has stopped me from doing what I desire?
  5. If I had all the help that I could possibly ask for, what would I do?
  6. When I dream about better days, what do I visualize myself doing?
  7. On a scale of 1-10, how confident do I feel about following all my desires? What’s hindering my utmost confidence in my abilities to do exactly what I want?
  8. List all the obstacles that I’m facing right now that are stopping me from doing the things I enjoy.
  9. Beside each listed obstacle, write all the reasons why I believe I can still do the things that I desire even if these obstacles are present.
  10. If I could wake up tomorrow and everything could be different, what exactly would I want to be different and why?
  11. What did I do today that I enjoyed? List everything and why.
  12. What time of the day do I feel most energized and how long does this energy normally last?
  13. What time of the day do I feel my energy is at its low point? How long does this period last?
  14. What do I normally do first thing in the morning as soon as my eyes are open and I’m aware of my surrounding?
  15. What’s the last thing I do at night before I close my eyes?
  16. How much time do I dedicate each day to doing at least one thing that I enjoy?
  17. How much time do I want to dedicate to doing the things I enjoy? Write a specific number of hours.
  18. Do the things I enjoy make room for socializing with others? If yes, how would I co-create with another person who enjoys doing the same things I do?
  19. Where do I see my life going if I continue doing what I’m doing right now?
  20. What will my life look like if I started to incorporate doing more of the things I enjoy doing daily?
  21. What’s really stopping me from believing in myself?

Choosing Your Desires

Your life is exactly that, YOUR LIFE.

If you constantly choose what you think is right by societal standards instead of your gut feeling, you’ll never feel satisfied with any choice you make.

Instead of being scared of standing out, going against the grain, or sticking out like a sore thumb, try stepping into your power and shine your light so brightly that people will begin to admire your bravery for breaking the mold.

You are here to do whatever you desire, it will not fit with everyone’s mental limitations and that’s entirely their business, not yours.

Stop holding yourself back and prioritize your desires, that’s the key to living a fulfilling life.

What will you start prioritizing in your life? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

Questions You May Have

How do I figure out my desires?

To identify your desires, you must ask yourself questions and pay attention to your emotions when you’re doing things you enjoy versus doing things you wish to finish as soon as you start. Your emotional response is providing you with valuable data that you can use to identify your desires.

What are our core desires?

Core desires shift from person to person so don’t be surprised if someone else doesn’t value the same things that you do. Your core desires are the things you can’t function in this life without. Those things that if taken away will create an empty space within you that cannot be filled with any substitutes. You may have some false core desires so test them often to see how solid they are.

What is the best desire in life?

Only you know what’s the best desire in your life. No one, other than your energetic self, can tell you what’s best for you. That’s your job and your job only.

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Jody is a creative writer, artist, graphic designer, and a digital nomad who also helps people live more fulfilling lives by finding creative solutions to their personal growth and development problems and lifestyle challenges.

6 thoughts on “How To Identify Your Desires Through Journaling”

  1. Julie Russell

    I love the prompts because it’s something you have to take your time to answer and not rush through! Journaling has many benefits and personal development is a helpful one. I love your content and look forward to reading more articles!

    1. Jody

      The prompts really stop you in your tracks and urges you to pay attention. Thanks for loving my words Julie, I appreciate your feedback.

  2. Katherine

    Love these prompts! Sometimes using prompts can make us look at things differently which can be a game changer!

    1. Jody

      I believe that’s what all prompts should do Katherine. Thanks for sharing your feedback.

  3. These are great prompts!! I have a hard time narrowing down what I would like to focus on so these will be very helpful for me, thank you!

    1. Jody

      You’re very welcome Hannah, I hope they help a lot.

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