As with most practices, it’s all about getting the reps in.
I am drawn to people willing to be vulnerable, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Here’s a first step for those of us who struggle with it. Jump to timestamp 3:43 in the video if you want to hear about the time I was a bully. It’s important to note that (to paraphrase Brene Brown) vulnerability is NOT spilling your guts to everyone all the time. It’s about having the courage to share your deepest, darkest secrets with people you trust. But how do you begin if you’re not used to doing this? That question stirred this week’s big idea: to become a pro at practicing vulnerability in the present, start with the past.
Identify a story from your past that you have not shared with anyone where you felt guilty for your actions. When selecting the story, aim for one where you no longer feel guilty about your actions. Ideally, everyone involved has moved on. Then, share that story with one very trusted friend.
Elevate Your Business
Practicing vulnerability teaches you how to communicate hard things. It helps you gain comfort in owning up to your mistakes. Most importantly, it teaches you to move on and drop the guilt over the past. Successful leaders master the art of communicating hard news, owning their mistakes, and being able to move forward after an error. Getting in the reps on vulnerability will boost your leadership skills and set an excellent example for those you lead. Over time, this helps elevate your business.