When have you been courageous?

A reflection exercise for you:


The VIA strengths of courage are bravery, perseverance, honesty and zest.  The benefits of these strengths include:

  • Healthy positive relationships
  • Taking personal responsibility for one’s actions
  • Increased tolerance for ambiguity
  • Increased resilience, personal growth and achievement
  • Increased trust
  • Increased happiness and wellbeing
  • Increased inclusiveness
  • Fuller expression of abilities, skills and talents
  • Increased resourcefulness
  • Increased self-confidence
Adapted from Peterson & Seligman (2004)


While the following short clip depicts the courage of Buzz Lightyear, courage is not purely the domain of the heroes in the world – ordinary people have courage too. (Lopez, Rasmussen, Skorupski, Koetting, Petersen, & Yang, 2010).  And yet, being courageous … requires courage.

While we know that reflection is a powerful tool for learning, increasing self-awareness, sense-making and more, we often don’t take the time to reflect … as this may take courage.  Nonetheless, a reflection exercise for you.

Think of a recent experience in which you demonstrated courage.  This may be in the workplace, at home, while out socialising, exercising, engaging in a hobby, or elsewhere. It is an experience of which you are proud.

  • What was this experience?
  • What and who enabled you to be courageous?
  • What was it about you that made this courageous act possible?
  • What was the outcome?
  • What do you most value about this experience?
  • What did you learn?
  • In addition to proud, how else did this experience make you feel?

As you reflect on your own story of courage, savour this experience; through this experience, remind yourself that you are already courageous.

If you would like to share your story, we’re keen to listen.