Vulnerability is that shaky feeling we have when susceptible to harm. We tend to feel most vulnerable when we are emotionally exposed, physically at risk, or uncertain about a significant personal outcome. And, as Dr. Brené Brown writes vulnerability is also “the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity.” When we open ourselves to vulnerability, we also open ourselves to these great gifts.
Inspiration for practicing vulnerability
Open up about difficult thoughts, feelings, or failures with someone you trust.
Sign up for an activity that’s outside of your usual comfort zone.
Notice when you slip into rehearsing a “worst case scenario” and change the script to imagine the best that could happen.
Give yourself permission to do something imperfectly.
Talk about something you feel embarrassed about or ashamed of with someone you trust.
What’s something I would dare to do if I didn’t care what anyone thought of me?