I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown.  I don’t know how to put it any more directly than that. In fact, stop what you’re doing and get it on Amazon right now.

This book is especially good if you want to play bigger than you’ve been playing, but you’re a little (or a lot) afraid. Or you feel like you’re the only reasonable, sane voice in an vast ocean of crazy. Or if you have ever felt as if you are the only one willing to stand for what you believe to be right.

I typically share book recommendations by posting the top 10 quotes that I run over with my bright yellow highlighter. However, I listened to Braving the Wilderness on Audible, so jotting down 10 quotes would have been waaaay too much work. I’m lazy. Sue me. This time you only get one, but it’s a darn good one.

This passage resonated with me so much that I literally stopped what I was doing, whipped out my iPhone and thumb-typed it into Evernote right away. It took me ten minutes. I’m a terrible thumb-typist.

The definition of vulnerability is uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. But, vulnerability is not weakness. it’s our most accurate measure of courage.

When the barrier to our belief is about vulnerability, the question becomes, “Are we willing to show up and be seen when we can’t control the outcome?”

When the barrier to vulnerability is about safety, the question becomes, “Are we willing to create courageous spaces so we can fully be seen?”

A soft and open front is not being weak. It’s being brave.  — Brené Brown

Vulnerability is scary. When it results in abuse or rejection, it can create intense pain. But that is more rare than our fear leads us to believe. When we push ourselves to be vulnerable — to Brave the Wilderness — the payoff is authenticity, connection, and true intimacy. I don’t know about you, but I’m craving those things in my life more and more every day. In fact, if I have a measuring stick for success, those three items are on it.

When was the last time you summoned the courage to let the true you shine through regardless of the outcome? When was the last time you were intentionally vulnerable? When was the last time you found yourself Braving the Wilderness?

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