Are you willing to be vulnerable?

July 5, 2013

brene brownI have just watched a very inspiring TED talk from Brené Brown. She is an expert on ‘Vulnerability & Shame’ and she says that vulnerability is often mistaken for being weak. She says “Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage”.

And I fully agree! It is often not easy to be vulnerable and to stand out. On the contrary, it is usually advised against. We have a saying in The Netherlands: “Tall trees catch a lot of wind” which means as much as ‘Hey, if you want to stand out, you better be prepared for a rough time’. Avoiding being vulnerable is a great way to keep yourself playing small and stay ‘under the radar’. I know I have done that plenty of times and sometimes I still do when something gets too challenging… But eventually you cannot avoid it if you want to grow and take steps. Stepping out of your comfort zone automatically means you give up a little control. But it is also the place where most growth and (personal) development takes place.

Brené Brown says that “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change”. So if there are things in your life you would like to change, you may want to consider being more vulnerable. To see what that may bring you. Brené also discovered that vulnerability is tied into shame. Her years of research showed that there are 2 main themes there:

1. I’m not good enough

2. Who do I think I am?

This brings us back to keeping ourselves small and trying not to stand out. I think we need to cross that boundary and show a little vulnerability. I know I usually get the most response to an article when I dare to show a bit of myself and my process. But that doesn’t mean it is always easy to do. It does indeed take courage. Well, of course I can’t finish this article without being willing to be vulnerable myself. So I will share something that only very few people know. Which is: my goal for the next few years. *mustering courage*

It is my dream and ambition to reach and support millions of people worldwide with my intuitive consults, essential oil blends, books and workshops.

And yes, I have often asked myself “Who do I think I am?” And I have also often told myself in the past that I am not good enough. But I am gonna do it anyway. It just so happens that the tallest trees have the best view 😉

So now I invite you to take a look at where you can show more of who you are, where you can be vulnerable, so it can help you grow and take the next step!

Do you want to get clear on what is holding you back from being more open and vulnerable?

Or do you wonder what you need to know now that will support you in your life or career?

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