10 Goal Setting Journal Prompts to Motivate and Inspire You + FREE Printable Worksheet

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If the idea of setting annual goals has you stumped, perhaps this blog post can help. Today, I’m sharing 10 goal setting journal prompts to motivate and inspire you to set powerful goals for the upcoming year.

Sometimes the practice of setting annual goals can feel a bit overwhelming.

We might have an endless list of things we want to accomplish in the next 12 months. Or our mind goes blank, and we can’t think of anything that matters enough to turn it into an annual goal.

In either case, I’ve got you covered.

Below you’ll find a list of 10 goal setting journal prompts that will help you get clarity and prioritize what you really want in your life in the coming year.

If your goals don’t inspire you, try goal setting journal prompts first!

The journaling prompts are designed to INSPIRE you to set annual goals. Too many people try to set goals from a place of left-brain, logical thinking, which can feel like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. It’s too much of a struggle.

When working with coaching clients over the years, I have found that creating goals from a place of creative inspiration (right-brain) is way more fun and feels a lot less daunting.

That’s why journaling about what you want needs to come before you sit down to set your goals. Journaling helps you discover the goals that will motivate and excite you.


  1. Find a quiet, peaceful place to write where you won’t be interrupted.
  2. Put on some background music that inspires you (also helps get the creative juices flowing).
  3. Using the prompts below, write what comes to mind until you feel clear (and excited) about what you want to happen in the next 12 months.



  1. What is your theme for the upcoming year in one word?

2. What would you like more of in your life?

3. What would you like less of in your life?

4. What do you WANT in life, but don’t have?

5. What do you HAVE in your life, but DON’T want?

6. What are you most excited about for the coming year?

7. What do you already know you want to accomplish this coming year?

8. What is your biggest challenge in the upcoming year?

9. What are your three biggest priorities for the upcoming year?

10. If you did nothing else in the next year, what 3 things would still make the year a success for you?

You’ll know when you’re finished writing because you’ll have a sense of completion and fulfillment. You’ll have clarity about what you want. Most importantly, you’ll feel excited about what you want for the upcoming year.


Now it’s time to create your goals, using the SMART goal process.

What are SMART goals?

SMART goals fit the following criteria:

SPECIFIC – exactly what is the goal? Is it specific enough?

MEASURABLE – is it measurable? What proof will you have that you’ve met your goal?

ACHIEVABLE – can you realistically achieve your goal within your chosen timeframe?

RELEVANT – does your goal align with your values? Why is this goal important to you?

TIMELY – does your goal have a deadline? When will you achieve it?

If you’ve never set SMART goals before, it might sound more confusing than it actually is. If that sounds like you, I’ve got you covered.

SMART Goal Setting Template

Would you like a super simple template to walk you through the SMART goal setting process?  This template will guide you through the steps of creating SMART goals and help you break down your goals into step-by-step action. It’s simple to follow and can be used for goals in any area of life.

Plus, it’s printable, so you can print it out as many times as you like and use it for years to come. So, what are you waiting for? Get the SMART goal-setting template today: HERE on Etsy.

SMART goal setting template

The SMART Goal Template is available on Etsy.

Get more inspiration to reach your goals:

3 Success Strategies to Reach Your Goals

What is God’s Plan for Achieving Your Goals?

How to Set Goals and Grow Rich

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