The Power of Vulnerability

Lessons From Brené Brown
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The Power of Vulnerability — Happy Motivational Monday! Over the weekend, I watched Brené Brown’s The Call to Courage on Netflix. In it, she discusses choosing courage over comfort and what that takes. I was motivated. I was inspired. I was moved (may or may not have cried a little ?). Here’s the trailer. If it speaks to you too, please give it a watch. So worth it.

After watching The Call To Courage, I hopped (Hop, hop! Easter bunnies on the brain ?) online to find her popular Ted Talk. The Power of Vulnerability, and gave it a watch.

Again. So worth it.

Here are a few of the standouts and takeaways for me:

  • Connection is what humans strive for; it’s how we’re wired
  • Shame is having a fear of disconnection. We all experience shame. Many of us struggle with feeling worthy of connection. (We ask ourselves: am I good enough?)
  • For connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen. We have to be excruciatingly vulnerable. (Vulnerable, you say? I think I’ll pass on that terrifying concept, amirite??)
  • Those with a strong sense of love and belonging believe they are worthy of love and belonging. These “wholehearted” people have the courage to be imperfect, the compassion to be kind to themselves first then to others, and feel connection as a result of their authenticity and vulnerability. They fully embrace their vulnerability. They believe that what makes them vulnerable is what makes them beautiful.
  • Again: What keeps us from connection is our fear that we are not worthy of connection
  • Many of us numb our vulnerability. But numbing can’t selectively numb emotion. We can’t only numb the hard feelings without numbing the good as well – our joy, gratitude, happiness. When we numb, we become miserable, then vulnerable, then numb again — a dangerous cycle.
  • We need to let ourselves be seen. We need to believe we are enough.

I hope this talk inspires you as it did me on this #motivationalmonday. Have a good one, loves! And here’s to being excruciatingly vulnerable (yikes! lol) or at least committed to putting in the work to be. xx, Amanda

Related: Must-Watch TED Talks About Happiness
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Let’s chat! Have you checked out The Power of Vulnerability talk? Have you watched Brené Brown’s special on Netflix? What are your thoughts?

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