“I want to experience your vulnerability but I don’t want to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is courage in you and inadequacy in me. I’m drawn to your vulnerability but repelled by mine.”
– Brené Brown (Daring Greatly)
Welcome to Episode 141 of the Sheep Dressed Like Wolves Podcast. In this episode I look at some of the factors that hold us back from daring to be vulnerable, and what we can do to take little steps to unleash our gentle insides on the world.
Courage in You, Weakness in Me
The quote at the top from Brené Brown’s book, Daring Greatly sums up what so many of us experience. There is delight when we see others exposing the truth of their fears and validating our own doubts and anxieties. It looks like great courage and feels like something to be celebrated.
Yet, when it’s our turn or opportunity to do the same it feels like a flaw, inadequacy, weakness.
How can we close this gap and begin to see our own vulnerability as courage that will unlock the doors for great things?
In this episode I discuss this question and address some of the underlying reasons we may close down and be repelled by our own vulnerability:
- We Have Learned to Wear a Mask
- We Like to See Someone Else Go First
- We Equate Vulnerability with Weakness
- We Place Our Self-Worth in the Hands of Others
- We Don’t Have a Clear Idea of What Vulnerability Actually Means
- We Have Past Experiences
Over to You
Do you recognise any of these roadblocks stopping you from daring greatly in your life? I’d love to read your response in the comments below.
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