I recently watched Brené Brown’s The Call to Courage and I may need that on a weekly basis. Before I watched it, I was feeling a little bit in a funk and remembered my friend telling me about this talk on Netflix. I’m so glad I chose to watch this instead of yet another episode of Grey’s Anatomy (no offense, Grey’s, you will still be my go-to).
I loved everything Brené talked about. I’m not going to tell you everything because I want YOU to go watch it for yourself but below are three takeaways I had after watching.
“Vulnerability is showing up even when you do not know the outcome.” YIKES! That one hit home for me because that is 100% the reason why I hate being vulnerable! All of these thoughts run through my mind about what could happen if I’m vulnerable - the good, the bad, the ugly. I try to play out the outcome and I end up saying no to vulnerability.
Being vulnerable is scary for me and I’m sure it is the same for most of you. But I think shying away from vulnerability causes us to live less authentic lives. If we cannot be open and honest with others, how open and honest are we being with ourselves? If we are not being open and honest with ourselves, do we truly know who we are and what we want?
The next time a situation presents itself, I will remind myself that being vulnerable is worth it because I’d rather live my truth than hide.
The quote, “Today, I choose courage over comfort”, is stuck in my mind thanks to Brené. I want to live my life courageously. I don’t want to live in a comfort zone for my entire life. I see too many people living in their comfort zones and I know I simply do not want that for my life. Staying in our comfort zones makes life boring af and instead of accomplishing our dreams, we will watch others live bold and courageous lives. We CAN accomplish those same things if we are brave, take chances, and brush off what other people think.
What is something you’ve been wanting to do but are too scared? Fly across the country or the world to explore a city you’ve never been to before? Start a podcast so people can hear what you have to say about something you are passionate about? Write a book that has been on your heart and mind for years? Telling someone how you really feel about them?
Fear needs to stop holding us back. Yes, we will fail and maybe things will not go the way we wanted or had planned for. But doing or saying something despite our fears will only make us stronger and will bring us closer to where we are truly meant to be in life.
“How can you let yourself be loved when you won’t let yourself be seen”. Danggg girl was my exact thought after hearing Brené speak this truth. This resonated so much with me and it is something I need to remind myself of on a daily basis. I want to be authentically me because I want to be surrounded by those who truly know me and accept me.
If you are feeling in a funk, watch this. If you are feeling great, watch this. If you are a human with feelings, watch this. I cannot say enough about it and I hope that you will choose to live courageously.