Use these journal prompts to help you get started on your journaling journey.
Come back to this page each day that you write in your journal for a new prompt.
- If you were in a room of 100 people and each one was asked to define the word “success”, the outcome would likely result in 100 different definitions.
What is your definition of success and recall one of your most successful (personal or business) moments?
- “Winning isn’t always finishing first, sometimes winning is just finishing.” – Manuel Diotte
Do you give yourself permission to celebrate finishing as a win in itself? When is the last time you did so?
- “If only the best birds sang, the forest would be silent.” Henry Van Dyke
Comparing ourselves to others can create feelings of inadequacy and of being a failure. It’s important to not compare yourself against what others are doing or accomplishing.
Write down 3 things that you do REALLY well.
- Getting good advice is important, especially when it comes to important decisions. Unfortunately, some people fail because they seek advice or approval from people who have not experienced an abundance of successful wins.
Write down a piece of advice you were given that led to a successful outcome.
- Think about the last thing that you tried doing that you feel was a complete failure. How did you respond to that “failure”? Did you say, “I’ll never do that again?” or “Wow, that didn’t turn out the way I expected, now what can I do differently to get a different result?” People with a winning mindset never quit and don’t make excuses. It’s important to differentiate between something not working for the sake of not working or if you just need to tweak something to make it work.
What has been your biggest failure and why? Was there a lesson in it?
- Are you a risk-taker? Quite likely as a business owner the answer is yes because there are many day-to-day activities and decisions that are made that take a little amount of risk. Especially if it is a decision that has to do with finances or whether the action will build your business or not. Winners are risk-takers because they are often stepping into the unknown and each decision, they make can have both good and bad consequences.
Write down one risk you’re taking today.
- As a gardener, you can’t expect to grow roses if you plant sunflower seeds and if left unattended the garden can easily start growing weeds. A beautiful garden must be taken care of. What is fed or planted into your mind has the same effect. Feeding your mind with negative thoughts or having a mindset questioning your ability to be successful will have a direct correlation to your success or lack of success.
What are you planting and sowing in your mindset garden?
- Studies show that music can change the mood of an individual either for the good or bad. It can bring an immediate response to the emotional well-being of those who hear the music and words. The right tune can be a wonderful way to soothe hearts and minds.
What is your champion song that instantly changes your mood for the better?
- The better we get at something the more confident we become. Nobody starts out an expert and everyone learns at their own pace.
What are the areas of expertise you want to grow and become more proficient in?
- There is often a special joy in our hearts when we begin something new.
Finish this sentence. Today is a good day to begin…?
- Marin Luther King Jr is quoted as saying: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” In a time where there seems to be a lot of darkness and hate surrounding us, it’s our choice to be light and show love to others — or not.
Write down a way you are shining and sharing light and love to others in the work you do and on a daily basis.
- Stepping outside of your comfort zone to make connections and create new opportunities is crucial for your personal and business growth.
What can you do to step out of your comfort zone today?
- Gratitude is a powerful emotion. Learning to be grateful for each blessing you receive keeps those blessings flowing in your life.
What are you grateful for?
- When you set a big audacious goal, it’s important to also set waypoints along the journey. Being able to celebrate those smaller milestones make it easier to stay on the journey to that big goal.
What waypoints can you set for your big goals?
- The ability to trust yourself — the decisions you make, your skills, and more — is an important trait to have if you want to have a winning spirit.
What are some of your biggest obstacles to having self-confidence? How can you overcome them?
- It’s important to find the silver lining in any situation life throws your way. How you look at situations will either help you or hinder you.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer
How do you cultivate a positive mindset?
- A growth mindset is an important characteristic of a winning spirit because it allows you to be open to discovering yourself more each day.
What is something you discovered about yourself today?
- Dreaming alone isn’t enough to get you where you want to go in life. You must be willing to take action and put in the hard work and dedication necessary to make your dreams a reality.
How do you stay motivated when taking action towards your dreams?
- The word failure isn’t something most people view in a positive light. But when you have a winning spirit, failure is positive because you know it’s not about you as a person but the situation instead. Plus, there are always lessons to be learned from failure.
What makes you afraid to fail? How can you be more willing to fail?
- It is said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Think about these people.
Write down their names and what traits do you see that create a winning spirit (assuming they have one)?
- It’s important to take care of you. Not just physically but mentally and spiritually as well.
What are you doing today to take care of you?
Publisher of Great Living Today, your one-stop source for greater living featuring tips, techniques, and programs in the areas of health & wellness, wealth, time management, business, love, relationships, and happiness. Marty is a life, business, and wellness coach helping his clients to live their best lives.