After I listened to @brenebrown on #SuperSoulSunday with Oprah, she dropped this line about vulnerability and it really stuck with me. I run into this all the time, the fight against vulnerability…
📍I can’t do it like her, so I’m not going to try. 📍I won’t lift those weights, I’m not strong enough. 📍I can’t call that person, it will be so awkward, what am I gonna say? 📍I would never be able to be good at that, I’ll stay in my bubble. 📍I’m ‘JUST’ a (fill in the blank), I can’t… 📍I’m not going to date anyone, these walls are good right where they are. 📍I hate having my photo taken, I’ll take the picture. 📍I absolutely hate my job, my commute, but I’m not ready to change.
You can’t get to courage without vulnerability. And correction, it is not a weakness to be vulnerable. Vulnerability can be fear, nerves and certainly uncomfortable. BUT, it is the BIRTH PLACE of everything we are hungry for…joy, love, success and showing up for YOURSELF.
Remember the words of Theodore Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”