One of the my greatest heroes is Brene Brown.
Do what I did today – grab a cup of tea and give yourself the time to watch her two TED talks on vulnerability, shame and connection. Even if you’ve watched them before.
The Power of Vulnerability
They are the kind of videos that you can watch over and over and over again and get inspired in totally new ways. There is so much richness and depth to what she says. And she practices what she preaches. She puts herself out there. She dares greatly. To be vulnerable. And that means to be real. And I am digging that right now.
Reality. Warts and all. Showing up, just as I am and just as I’m not.
Because when we are real we are seen. By ourselves and by others. And when I see you and you see me and we give up on all that trying to be perfect, trying to be what I think you want me to be, then there is real connection.
And it’s scary. And I don’t always do it. And that’s ok. Because it takes practice. And a big part of that practice is being ok with not always getting it ‘right’ and not having to be ‘perfect’.
And these Juicy Tuesdays are one of the best weekly practices I have of doing that and daring to be vulnerable. They hold me to it. By reading this you are holding me to account. To be vulnerable, to be real, to share my truth, to be seen. Every week. No matter what.
So thank you. From the bottom of my heart.
You know I often spend a whole day writing to get out my Juicy Tuesday. And I don’t get paid to do these. That’s one day in seven dedicated to writing, to creating, to sharing from the heart.
It sounds a bit nuts when I put it like that.
ONE DAY IN SEVEN you spend the time writing a blog post that you don’t get paid for?!
Because it’s that important to me.
Because it has that much of an impact on my life.
To create. From the heart. And share every week. It is my ritual and an expression of my dedication to living a created life from the heart and to being true to myself.
And it’s not always easy.
Not at all.
In Brene’s second TED talk she talks about the ‘vulnerability hangover’ she suffered the day after doing the first talk.
Vunerability hangovers are something I know well. Try most Tuesdays when I share and click send to you guys.
But it is worth it.
Sharing is the final piece of the creative cycle.
Because when you share what you have created. When it comes from the heart. You are sharing a piece of your real self.
And while that feels scary.
It’s so worth it.
Because when you share you get to be vulnerable and when you are being vulnerable you get to be seen.
And then you have connection. With yourself. With others. With life.
As Brene says in her second TED talk: “To create is to make something that has never existed before. There is nothing more vulnerable than that.”
So dare to create and dare to share. It’s scary but the payoff is priceless.
Next week I’ll be sharing about feeling like I truly belong. For the first time ever. This JT was written in part to give me the courage to do that. So watch this space ; )
And have a think about what could become your weekly practice of creating and sharing. Do you do it already? If not, what could it be? Then come and share below.
PS This March 200 of us will be daring to create and share in 30 days on the Screw Work Let’s Play 30 Day Challenge. It means you and I get to hang out for 30 days and get deep into conversation and creativity! So if you’re interested, sign your name up here to hear when the next wave of tickets go on sale: http://the30daychallenge.com/