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Do You Have the Courage to Show Up in Your Life?

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When Brene Brown was interviewed by Jonathan Fields on his Good Life Project, she shared not only her research on vulnerability but her life commitment to it. In her new book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead she urges us to step into the arena to live the lives we want rather than spend our lives shrinking in the bleachers, unfulfilled and critical of others.

One of the many¬† important messages that emerged from the interview is that “We can’t give people what we don’t have.” This struck home with me because as a parent I was too often caught promoting a double standard.

Another powerful message is Brene’s decision to not be influenced by people who criticize her from afar, but have not stepped into the arena themselves.

She drew this from the following quote from Theodore Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

During the interview you’ll learn how to go about making change in your life.

Do yourself a favor and watch the entire interview below. You’ll be encouraged to embrace risk, uncertainly and emotional exposure. It’s the courageous path to success.

Once you’ve watched the video, share in the comments what it brought up for you about your life.

Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this inspiring video that shares inspiring words by inspiring people. Loved it!
    Linda Luke recently posted..Are You Stuck in Black or White Thinking While Living in a Multicolored World?My Profile

    • Hi Linda,

      I’m happy to hear that you found this video inspiring. Jonathan always brings great minds to our attention.

      Blessings,
      Flora

  2. Hi, Flora, I popped over from Sandra’s blog when I saw your comment on her review of my book. I looked at your book–you’re right! We do seem to have a similar perspective. I’m now marked your blog as a favorite and “liked” your page. I hope you will be able to visit my blog, too, and like my page. Besides that, I’d love to keep in touch. Please feel free to email me anytime at galenpearl@gmail.com. Oh, and I love Brene Brown, too!
    Galen Pearl recently posted..One Story — Many LessonsMy Profile

  3. Hi Flora,

    I love the post of this title as actually it’s a challenge I’m working with daily at the moment! I know you understand completely. It’s late now so I don’t have time to watch the video but just seeing the warmth flow between these two in the video images has given me a big smile. I can’t wait to watch it! Much love to you.
    Sandra / Always Well Within recently posted..The Secret to Finding Your Happy PlaceMy Profile

    • Hi Sandra,

      Yes, I do understand this challenge. I’ve been there before and found my way out. You’ll love the video when you watch it.

      BTW, thanks for introducing us to Galen’s Happy Place book on your blog. She’s a dear.

  4. Wow! Flora, that quote from Roosevelt is so powerful…and so true!

    And it supports my life philosophy: fight for the things that you want using all your forces.
    Thanks for sharing it!

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