The Power of Vulnerability!
If you’re like me, you probably grew up thinking that vulnerability meant weak. You probably worked real hard on yourself to make sure that you’re seen as a strong person and not as a weak person. Although, it is good to be strong and determined, it turns out that it is just as important to be vulnerable.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Vulnerability as the state of being left without shelter or protection against something harmful. That sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Really, who wants to do that? I don’t know about you but I don’t! Or should I say, I didn’t. As much as we hate the idea of being open to the “possibility” of getting hurt, we need it in order to truly CONNECT with other people.
I’ve been reading some of the work by Dr. Brene Brown and I became excited to share some of her work with you all! I know that this topic can be challenging and difficult to talk about. Honestly, I myself prefer the rah-rah sessions. I prefer to hear the “Yes You Can”, and the “You Go Girl” speeches.
I actually wrote and eBook titled – Yes You Can! That’s how much I like those upbeat messages. But, as I’m discovering, this topic of vulnerability is just as important and our willingness to be vulnerable is vital to our well-being.
Here’s how Dr. Brown defines vulnerability:
Vulnerability is basically uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. It’s about showing up and being seen.
It’s tough to do that when we’re terrified about what people might see or think. When we’re fueled by the fear of what other people think or that gremlin that’s constantly whispering “You’re not good enough” in our ear, it’s tough to show up. We end up hustling for our worthiness rather than standing in it.
The difficult thing is that vulnerability is the first thing I look for in you and the last thing I’m willing to show you. In you, it’s courage and daring. In me, it’s weakness.
Guys, The most simple things in life are usually the most meaningful. It’s great to have our degrees, accolades, financial successes, recognition, ect… At the core of it all, we are all humans and all desire one thing – Happiness! And as it turns out, vulnerability is a very important bridge to the path of love, belonging, trust, creativity and happiness.
In the next few weeks, we’re going to spend sometime taking about the topic of vulnerability and it’s impact on your lives as women and as a doctors. To get us started, here’s a video on the subject of vulnerability by the queen of vulnerability herself – Dr. Brene Brown!
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Until next time, remember to keep your heart open to the possibilities of life!