Journal Prompt for Self Discovery: What is Courage to You?

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post titled, 7 Days of Journal Writing: Prompts for Self Discovery. I’ve received a lot of positive comments about how much you enjoyed working through the questions, and you’ve inspired me to try something new. (Thank you again you wonderful readers – your notes and comments mean the world to me <3.)

What is this new thing, you ask? I’ve decided to start a weekly journal prompt series.

What does this mean? Well, for the foreseeable future, I’ll provide a weekly journal prompt that offers the opportunity to look inside ourself, reflect on our thoughts, and deepen our self awareness.

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Now, I know we’re all incredibly busy, and the likelihood of sitting down to journal once a day just isn’t realistic.

Once a week, however, is another story.

Whether you physically write down your thoughts, or you simply reflect on the prompt throughout the day – you have an entire week to explore the many layers of one single question.

SEVEN DAYS? Yep, that is much more manageable :).

So this is the newest addition to I’m Busy Being Awesome.

Each Friday I’ll post a question or quotation and provide a few ideas to consider. Then, over the weekend and the following week, we can reflect on the journal prompt, dig a bit deeper, and learn more about ourselves.

Are you in? Great!


Week One Journal Prompt

We are going to embark on our journey today with a quote about courage that has stuck with me for years. It is by Mary Anne Radmacher. She writes:

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”

-Mary Anne Radmacher

Wow.

To me, this simple statement has so much meaning. It is a message of strength and determination, while also providing comfort and understanding.

“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher Click To Tweet


For many years Radmacher’s words reminded me to believe in myself and pursue my goals without restraint. They helped me realize that success and happiness do not simply happen for some people and skip over others.

Rather, these things are there for the taking; they develop naturally out of one’s passion, persistence, and determination. They come for those who “try again tomorrow.”

The courageous ones are those who work toward their dreams, even if the odds are stacked against them.

The courageous ones don’t give up.

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Over the past several months, however, the meaning of Radmacher’s quotation has shifted for me slightly.

I’m facing some new hurdles in my life, and her words now challenge me to dig deep and ask myself some difficult questions. At the same time, they give me courage to remain true to myself, discover who I really am, and recognize what I need in my life to find joy, balance, and clarity.

I find the courage to look inward, to put blinders up to outside expectations, and to listen to myself. Because in the end, I’m the only one who has the answers.

And while some days are better than others, I nevertheless maintain my courage because of that “little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”

So for week one of our journaling journey, I ask you to reflect on Radmacher’s quotation. As you do, consider the following questions as well:

What does courage mean to you?
How do Radmacher’s words apply to your situation?
Where do you need courage in your life?

To help you remember this message throughout the week, I’ve created a free download of Radmacher’s quotation. Print it out and hang up in your office or by your bathroom mirror, put it next to your bed or in your purse (or all of the above!), wherever you need need it most. Each time you see the quote, reflect on her message for a moment.

AND, thank’s to “SpotonChaos’s” wonderful suggestion below, I’ve also created wallpaper for your computer desktop and your mobile lock screen as well. Now you can have Radmacher’s message everywhere 🙂 Click the picture below and get all three!

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Tell me, do you regularly journal? What does courage mean to you? Have you heard this quote before? I’d love to hear from you – let me know below!

18 thoughts on “Journal Prompt for Self Discovery: What is Courage to You?”

  1. This is such an inspiring post, I used to do journal everyday but i stopped . For me courage is to not be afraid to tell the truth even if it’s mean breaking friendship or making other people mad. Have a courage to reach your dream even though you are told that you will won’t be able to make it.

    1. I love that definition. The courage to remain honest and true to yourself, while pushing for what you believe in is so important.

  2. How interesting!! I feel like courage can mean so many things for different people and I even find that it looks different for me depending on the situation but right now, courage is to be able to be honest about what’s going and facing the truth about what I need to do to get to where I want to be.

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    1. Yes! I LOVE that interpretation. Remaining true to ourselves and honest about what’s happening around us takes an incredible amount of courage, and is so so important <3

  3. LOVE this! I actually was just asking myself last week during a run what courage meant to me (one of my many mental meanderings I have during my runs, lol), but I’d never gotten around to actually sorting through that thought.

    I also love that you offer a printable along with the post/prompt for the hanging reminder! Have you thought about doing a digital version that could be used as a screensaver and/or mobile lock screen?

    1. Oh my gosh – that’s brilliant!! I hadn’t thought of that, but I know what I’ll be working on tonight 🙂 Thanks so much for the great suggestion!

    1. Oh wow – that’s an interesting assignment. If you’re too busy to actually journal, you can always just reflect on the idea during down time – driving to work, walking the dog, etc 🙂

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