It’s interesting how life throws these curve balls at you and even more interesting how you respond. One thing I know for sure is that life is ALL about CHANGE—you have to simply just expect it and realize you absolutely have NO CONTROL What we need to do is simply prepare ourselves well with riding the waves… And that’s how this post came to be… the 5 Steps to Daring Greatly and Living Authentically…
It’s funny how things happen—because I certainly don’t believe in coincidences… The whole month of July I was away traveling— only home for 5 days, and they weren’t even consecutive days! And on my last trip working a very stressful 8 day event a friend showed me a TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) video by Brene Brown— it was so PERFECT—I laughed out loud and even dare I say—cried too… And that’s where this title of my article came from—Brene Brown who just wrote another book called Daring Greatly, How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
I was lucky enough to be in the audience to see Brene on the new Katie Couric Show which is premiering this week. (The show has since been cancelled.) Her focus is on how we can be vulnerable and how this will transform us. Her background is a researcher and she’s a professor at the University of Houston Graduate College for Social Work School. She’s spent years studying, shame, and vulnerability. She tells her story in the TED video, so check it out I won’t bore you with it here… She also did a follow-up TED talk which was equally inspiring and funny too. Her video is in the top 10 most watched video on TED.
What was even cooler is I was there because a good friend works on the show and surprised me by bringing me backstage to meet her. She was so gracious and as wonderful in person as on the show. They gave us all a copy of her new book, which I had her sign for me and I took a photo with her as well… This was an inspiring experience for me, one that I will always treasure. I connected with her because she’s so left brained like me- we just want strategies and tools, we don’t want to have to deal with emotions, feelings and being vulnerable- yikes… As an aside—If you catch the episode of Brene, you will see yours truly for my 15 seconds of fame in the show- They did a man on the street and asked me a question—I had to answer the question- I feel vulnerable when…. So check out the show to see more…
Well guess what, this is the key to living a full and joyful life, not numbing or stuffing my feelings, but giving them space. In fact I started rereading some terrific books by Pema Chodron, Start Where You Are, The Places that Scare You and When Things Fall Apart. All of her books are about being present, meditating and feeling and being with your emotions, but not letting them run your life…
So here in lies the real core message— these are the 5 things I learned from Brene on Daring Greatly and these are the things I’m striving for in my life so I can live it more fully, not matter what challenges I’m facing or going through…
1) Overcoming Self-doubt
2) Being more Authentic
3) Practicing Self-Compassion
4) Finding More Gratitude and Joy everyday
5) Nurturing creativity, play and rest
If you can work on mastering one or two of these, you will live a much more joyful and full life. Of course mastering more than one, would be ideal. But you don’t have to be that ambitious, just take one step forward and tackle one of these today and let me know how you do!
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