The Courage to Be Vulnerable

brene_brown_2011_700It is funny how being comfortable with being vulnerable became my path to find inner strength. This is because I found that many of the things I am uncomfortable with sharing are things that own me. These are the things that I feel I may be negatively judged for. Some of these things are my fears, sometimes they are past failures and regrets. The more I hide from these things and avoid talking about them, the more I find that the fear and regret grows.

I was surprised to find that in being truthful about these things, in saying I regret this or I am fearful of that, I find the necessary strength and objectivity to overcome it. It is as if in admitting my weakness, I am somehow empowered to face it. It is when we run away that the enemy continues to grow in your own mind.

The reality is that I am really more capable and able than I believe myself to be and in that moment of honesty, I am better able to live up to that inner potential. In the book entitled Daring Greatly, author Brene Brown talks about how that Vulnerability contains the power to transform how we live. I enjoyed this book immensely and highly recommend it. If you prefer, you can check out her talk The Power of Vulnerability, on Ted Talks.

See the act of being vulnerable as a path toward inner strength. Find the Courage to be Vulnerable and uncover a stronger, better you!