Two weeks ago I watched a TED talk about vulnerability with Brene Brown and was completely amazed and inspired by her and her story. Growing up, and still to this day, I admire those individuals who put themselves out on a limb and take a chance at being vulnerable. Society has shown vulnerability as a weakness, but only those who are strong and confident will actually allow themselves to be vulnerable in a big way. And only when you are vulnerable in a big way will you gain the self-empowering strength to continue to put yourself out there.
Vulnerability with others is one challenge, but what about vulnerability with ourselves? What happens when we look ourselves in the eye and admit the things we are most afraid of, most passionate about, or most proud of? Maybe, once we are completely vulnerable with ourselves and completely accept ourselves, we will be able to be vulnerable with the rest of the world.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Each of us individually are the only ones who hold the power to hurt ourselves in a detrimental way. Once we no longer allow disempowerment of ourselves it will automatically remove that power from others.
I view vulnerability as a characteristic of a strong individual. To me it takes a very strong and confident individual to stand up and share a vulnerable part of themselves. When we realize within ourselves that we have the power within us, then vulnerability is no longer scary.
So, today I challenge you to take time and look within yourself. Address those fears, passions, and dreams that only you know. Allow them to come up and feel the emotions that come with them. Look yourself in the eye and say tell yourself, “I am a strong woman who has the power to free myself from my own imprisonment.” This is one of the most loving things you can do for yourself. You are strong, capable, beautiful, and full of potential. You are enough.