Thanks Maria and Brené!
If you haven’t come across Brené, her 2010 Ted-X talk is a good place to start. Also the one on shame. Find both at http://www.brenebrown.com/about/.
Whether in our personal domain, in paid employment, in running our own business, we are involved daily in numerous acts of creation and opportunities for choosing, moment by moment (when we are aware we have choices). Choosing how much we’ll pretend, how much we'll play safe and protect our vulnerability; and how much we’ll be courageous, share ourselves, take the risks, step fully into being ourselves. Scary and liberating, eh.
Wow. This is exactly the raison d'etre of my coaching practice: a powerful stand for women to connect with their courage, to generate unstoppability for what matters in their lives, to step into their greatness. And so often the focus in my own life, over and over, as I challenge myself and learn from my coaches and from my own 'imperfect practice', that it’s never a ‘done deal’ (though I wish!!).
Brené on courage
This first quote is actually from Ordinary Courage:
“Heroics and bravery are important, but I think we've lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we and about our experiences (good and bad) is the ultimate act of courage. Heroics is often about putting your life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting your vulnerability on the line. In today's world, that's pretty extraordinary.
After interviewing hundreds of people about the truths of their lives - the strengths and the struggles - I realized that courage is one of the most important things that resilient people share in common. And, not just any kind of courage; I found that resilience, empathy, compassion and connection require ordinary courage.”
“For me, practicing ordinary courage means telling my story with all of my heart.”
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
“[E]very successful woman whom I’ve interviewed has talked to me about the sometimes daily struggle to push past “the rules” [norms about feminity] so she can assert herself, advocate for her ideas, and feel comfortable with her power and gifts.”
Courage. When it matters. To acknowledge the fears, AND to act anyway.
Vulnerability practice for me this week - public teleseminar session
What else this will open up? After a long period of procrastination, this is, I now realise, a HUGE BREAKTHROUGH in relation to procrastination and playing small and scared! What's available now is me being more authentic with myself and others, plus being finally able to make online group coaching programs available for an investment that more women can afford.
Teleseminar and Webinar Practice Session. Btw, if you'd like to join me for this teleseminar practice session, register asap at http://www.chrishendersoncoaching.com/teleseminar-webinar-practice.html.
It's happening this Thursday evening 23 May, 8-9 pm Qld time (AEST, UTC + 10 hours). To calculate for other time zones, visit http://www.worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_AU-QLD.aspx?y=2013&mo=5&d=23&h=20&mn=0
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