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Why You Should Have the Courage to Be Vulnerable [video]

Do you have the courage to be the real you? To express your real emotions? To be truly vulnerable? You should – because you’re worthy of it. Too often we rush through life failing to stop and reflect on what’s actually going on. Sometimes we run away from our emotions or the uncertainty that comes with them. We are terrified of showing our vulnerable side because we are afraid of getting hurt, of not being accepted, of not finding a sense of belonging. It’s time we changed that, because it’s only when you’re vulnerable that you’re truly alive.

In one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, Brené Brown shared how her research on connection revealed a whole new side to the power of vulnerability. She spoke beautifully of how connection is why we’re here, because that’s what gives meaning and purpose in our lives. She highlighted how this connection was strongest in the lives of the whole-hearted people who lived from a deep sense of worthiness. She shared the four qualities that these whole-hearted people embraced in their lives:

  • They had courage to tell the the story of who they were with their whole heart. Have the courage to be imperfect.
  • They had compassion towards themselves. Treat yourself kindly first if you want to be compassionate towards others.
  • They had connection because of their authenticity. Let go of who you think you should be in order to be who you really are.
  • They were vulnerable because they believed that’s what made them beautiful. Say “I love you” first, say yes to something with no guarantees, or invest in a relationship that may or may not work out.

She tells her incredible journey of vulnerability in her TED talk – I strongly encourage you to watch it below.

At the end of her talk, she leaves you with four tips for you to embrace so you gain the courage to be vulnerable and create real, meaningful connections with people.

  1. Let yourself be seen, deeply seen.
    Have the courage to be the authentic you and show it to the world.
  2. Love with your whole heart.
    Even when there’s no guarantee. It’s not easy but it’s what creates real connections.
  3. Practice gratitude and joy in moments of terror when you’re uncertain of the future.
    Instead be grateful that you feel this vulnerability because it means you’re alive. Be grateful of the now and embrace the uncertainty.
  4. Believe you’re enough.
    When you work from a place where you believe you’re enough, you stop screaming and you start listening. You’re kinder and gentler to the people around you, because you’re kinder and gentler to yourself.

Be vulnerable and dare to live

If enjoyed her talk you might enjoy Brené’s book Daring Greatly – it has been very highly reviewed and it’s definitely on my reading list! And if you’re looking for more immediate inspiration, check out an earlier blog post I wrote on Stop Self-Criticism and Learn to Love Yourself.

Please share this post with your loved ones so they can also understand how the power of vulnerability is what makes life worthwhile. Share it, tweet it, like it, pin it – I really appreciate it!

Good luck in your adventures & until next week!

Happy Regards,

Susanna :)


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