Vulnerability is what makes us feel human. It’s how we form relationships. It takes vulnerability to be honest about our emotions, what we’re feeling and what we’re afraid of. But while we look for vulnerability in others, we see it as a weakness in ourselves. In reality, vulnerability takes courage, and when we are vulnerable with others, we open ourselves up to feeling joy, love, and empathy. It takes courage to admit that you’re imperfect, but you are enough as you are.
Without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of feeling hurt. But as I look back on my own life and what Daring Greatly has meant to me, I can honestly say that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as believing that I’m standing on the outside of my life looking in and wondering what it would be like if I had the courage to show up and let myself be seen. – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
Game Plan: What does it mean to you to be vulnerable? Vulnerability doesn’t mean that you have to share your intimate thoughts with everyone, but that you open yourself up and be truly yourself with those who have earned your trust.
Here’s the TED video that brought Brene Brown into the spotlight, and I highly recommend her book, Daring Greatly, if you’re interested in reading more about how vulnerability really is strength.