A big Thank you to Glynnis Moore for presenting this morning. We had some rich conversations about courage, trust and vulnerability in our discussion groups.
A summary of Glynnis's presentation today can be found below. Please take a moment to reflect on what was presented.
"Give me the courage to show up and let myself be seen..."
Let's join each other in the arena...
Exploring the Vulnerability Myths:
Myth 1: Vulnerability is weakness
“Rather than respecting and appreciating the courage and daring behind vulnerability, we let our fear and discomfort become judgement and criticism.”
Why do vulnerability?
Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability and authenticity.
Myth 2: I don’t do vulnerability
There is no “get out of vulnerability free” card…
3 questions to consider:
What do I do when I feel emotionally exposed?
How do I behave when I’m feeling very uncomfortable and uncertain?”
How willing am I to take emotional risks?
Even if we don’t do vulnerability, it does us… the only choice we have is how we’re going to respond when we are confronted with uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure.
Myth 3: Vulnerability is letting it all hang out
We share with people with whom we have developed relationships and who can “bear the weight of our story”
“Trust is a product of vulnerability that grows over time and requires work attention, and full engagement.”
Myth 4: we can go it alone
“Until we can receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart.”
Research shows that asking for support is critical, and that vulnerability and courage are contagious.
Learn how to lean into the discomfort of uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure
Slowly begin to take more risks - show up at work and at home in new ways
Take more chances and try new things
Set new boundaries and say ‘NO’
“I ALSO LEARNED THAT THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE ME, THE PEOPLE I REALLY DEPEND ON, WERE NEVER THE CRITICS WHO WERE POINTING AT ME WHILE I STUMBLED. THEY WEREN’T IN THE BLEACHERS AT ALL. THEY WERE WITH ME IN THE ARENA. FIGHTING FOR ME AND WITH ME.” - Brené Brown