Courage Diary exercise
“Courage is the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty. Forgiveness, perseverance, belief, adaptability and venturing are five manifestations of courage itself.” (1)
The purpose of this exercise is to find successful tools and methods from the past that can be used in the present to choose for courage instead of conformity. If we’re able to learn from previous situations, we have a better chance of developing patterns that will help us become successful in the future!
Brief summary of the overall task
- Have a pen and paper or screen
- Answer the following questions!
Situation 1 —» Think of a situation that happened recently when you felt afraid, yet chose to face your fear?
- What did you observe, think, and feel at the time? (e.g.I saw the rollercoaster and felt butterflies in my stomach”).
- What did you or the people around you say, think, and do to help you face your fear?
- At what point did your fear start to go down? How did you feel afterwards?
Situation 2 —» Now think back on a situation in childhood in which you faced your fear. Was it the same or different than the first situation?
Situation 3 —» Think of a situation you are currently facing that creates fear or anxiety.
- What are you most afraid of?
- Is there a way to apply the same skills you used in the two earlier situations to be more courageous in current situation?
You already have these skills and have used them successfully in the past.
- Think of a moment in the past when you truly felt courageous?
- What did you think and feel?
- What did other people around you say, think, and do to help you?
Groups of any size or a solo activity. Pick a memory, and journal about it for 20 minutes, understanding the situation from many different angles!
Facilitate a discussion after the individual activity. Are there similarities in the situations that participants wrote about? Try to explore the question of courage from different angles!
Time and schedule
- 20 minutes journaling