I’ve been reading Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly, and her message about vulnerability struck me in a way I wasn’t expecting.
I made a big change for the start of this year throwing myself into a job with a corporate company. It’s kind of funny because I swore up and down that I wouldn’t ever take a corporate job because there was nothing in it for me besides a paycheck. “It’s not my type of environment.” “I won’t fit it.” The list goes on really. But, none the less I found myself ready to leave the job I was at and wasn’t ready to fully work for myself.
Being courageous and vulnerably had more to do with this than I could have ever imagined. What I realized was that by getting comfortable at my current job, I had allowed myself to start putting a definition on what I could and couldn’t do. I took an honest look at my excuses about not wanting to take a corporate job and realized how fear based they actually were.
I also took note of how many people tend to stay at jobs because of their comfort and security. I think, because of this, the longer we remain at a job for its comfort, the scarier it can be to leave.
Some of you are probably thinking. “Big deal! What’s wrong with being comfortable and secure at my job?” My argument against this is that I believe the majority of people in these positions would argue that their passion lies elsewhere, and I think too many of us are afraid to take the leap and make a change in our lives that we allow our fear based excuses to keep is stagnant.
Being able to take an honest look at my excuses and fears is what allowed me to take on this new opportunity. Having the confidences to be vulnerable is allowing me to push the envelope on my comfort zone which can only lead to more positive growth.
If if you are looking to explore vulnerability more and how it may be affecting your life, I absolutely recommend Daring Greatly. And, I also encourage you this week to be aware of your excuses and the parameters you set on your life. When we open ourselves up to being vulnerable, our opportunities can maximize in and out of the workplace.