Vulnerability is  having the courage to show up and be seen. Baring your souls without any guarantees- Brené Brown

Last Tuesday I invested almost 2 hours listening to Dr Brené Brown author of  Daring Greatly  talking on Oprah’s Life Class on Vulnerability. I was hooked I took pages of notes, tweeted out the many gems that came from both Brené and Oprah’s mouths.

When Brené said : “If you are not in the arena getting you butt kicked I am not interested” Those words stopped me and reflected on my own holding back, those little niggly thoughts it’s not ready, I am not enough, which has led me to be sitting on too many incompletions!

I was uplifted and inspired, I also knew that it was time for me to embrace my own vulnerability and stop thinking it’s:

Not ready, not good enough, how do I know people will buy it, want it , need it, it hasn’t worked in the past! Why will now be any different?

I have so many things that I have started, half launched! I just realised that even my new Healing Artt does not have a link here! It’s time to be brave, really show up and be seen and share my message and ASK for help!

Brené shared what she says are the 4 myths of vulnerability

1. Vulnerability is weakness

2. I don’t do vulnerability

3. Vulnerability is letting it all hangout

4. We can go it all alone!

Here are some of the gems I captured

  • Vulnerability is the birthplace of trust, engagement and innovation
  • Shame needs secrecy silence & judgment to grow; once YOU speak it an it receives empathy, it goes away.
  • Everything works out in the end, if it hasn’t worked out, it’s not the end”
  • Shame is such a stresser. It kills quicker than cancer
  • “When perfectionism is driving, shame is always riding shotgun and fear is in the backseat.”
  • When you can not accept and ask for help without self judgement, you are always doing so with judgement!
  • Shame corrodes our ability to trust other people because it corrodes our ability to trust ourselves.
  • Being afraid and courageous in the same moment: That’s what daring greatly is about
  • Vulnerability is having the courage to show up an be seen
  • We can’t be brave when we are not vulnerable
  • You can’t have true courage unless you open yourself up to vulnerability
  • Vulnerability is a cornerstone of confidence
  • Write your story on the arena wall
  • Talk to yourself like you talk to someone you love
  • Ride the wave and stay in the flow.
  • Joy is the most vulnerable emotion we experience.
  • Vulnerability is being  afraid and courageous in the same moment:
  • Life is about showing up and being seen.
  • We are are hardwired for connection
  • If you don’t know how you do vulnerability, vulnerability is doing you
  • When we open our heart space we see ourselves and the world as vulnerable and authentic
  • We share with people who’ve EARNED the right to hear our story.
  • Vulnerability is a practice, it’s not something you check off a list, you keep showing up.

The Ted Talk on Vulnerability that Brené gave back in 2010 that really allowed her to be seen and has had over 1 million views.

“Wholeheartedness which is how I term vulnerability is a movement, a revolution!
I don’t think we ever feel more alive than when we are feeling brave and we can’t be brave when we are not being vulnerable “~Brené Brown
and the quote that birthed the book Daring Greatly, which I am ordering today along with Gifts of Imperfection 🙂
Daring Greatly
I will to be listening next week to Brené and Oprah continue this empowering series. Next week’s topic is: Why it’s impossible to walk through the arena door if you are too afraid of what other people will think, you are thinking I am not enough………………….!
Are you walking thought the arena door?
How will you brave today?
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Suzie Cheel

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Suzie Cheel is a Creative Heart Centered Entrepreneur, artist, author, healer and speaker, and creator of the Heart Whisper Oracle Cards. Her mission is to inspire thousands to be empowered, create their abundant lives through being powered by love and living their passion. Suzie’s colorful, positive personality, her honesty, openness, and energetic attunement inspire others to embrace change courageously. Suzie believes we all have the ability to create the life we desire, if we learn to listen to the whispers of our heart, where true wisdom is found. Suzie the artist is passionate about colouring the world, visually and emotionally. Her Heart Whisper Oracle Cards help many learn each day to truly love themselves. “Suzie is the woman focused wholly on inspiring us all to create abundance in health and life from deep within her heart”



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