Being Vulnerable is a Strength..

Today I want to talk about vulnerability.

Vulnerability comes from the Latin word for “wound,” vulnus. 

Most people think that being vulnerable is a weakness. Whilst you are feeling vulnerable this may be the case, but exposing your vulnerability in the right arena does help you to develop strength within.

Wounds heal.  – Colette Morris

Being vulnerable and sharing your vulnerability to others shows that you are being your authentic self, you are human, that you do have flaws.

The quote below is from the author Brené Brown – Rising to the top. It sums up really well what vulnerability is and isn’t.

For me becoming suddenly a single mother, home owner and responsible for my children’s futureI felt very vulnerable in many areas. Financially, I just didn’t have the resource available right away to help put food on the table and keep the roof over my head. Mentally, I wasn’t prepared for the stress and the strain of being a single parent with financial burdens and the future of my children at hand, but to stop my feeling this way I soon made these weaknesses a strength, it wasn’t easy, nothing ever is. I was lucky to have the support of friends and family, good mentors and business coaches to help me work things through.

Being vulnerable is not just on a personal relationship level, it can also be on a business level.  As a leader, being vulnerable is something that can be in several areas.   As a Manager, you may feel vulnerable whenever you have to talk to a co worker about their performance, or lateness or attendence levels, it can be difficult to approach, and it either is handled firmly, or sensitively depending on the circumstance.  Those are the vulnerability points within that role.

Business leaders make decisions that may open them up to being vulnerable daily, whether it is gently letting a buyer down, or making a decision about the future of the company which may affect the employees.

Some may argue that they cannot afford to be vulnerable, but there is vulnerability in everything, a decision, a circumstance or situation sometimes not in your control.

If you are feeling vulnerable right now, then seek help, talk to someone who you can trust who can help support you through mentoring, finance, advice and importantly help yourself to heal your own wounds, don’t rely on a Band-Aid to fix things, it does take time. Have faith and move forward with strength.

Giving Gratitute Can Help You Achieve More Out Of Life



What are you most grateful for in your life right now?  I never used to think of things such as having a roof over my head, food on my table has been something to be grateful for. But as I got older, and seeing people in situations worse off than me, that’s when gratitude started to sink in.

You see when you’re young, you just live, you just get on with life, you don’t think about how things be or how they get there.

I want you to take a moment and think about all the small things in your life that you are thankful for, for being able to wake up this morning, for being able to have sight to read this blog post, or maybe you’re grateful for good health, a roof  over your head

When you wake up each morning and are thankful and grateful for the little things in life, you will notice your life beginning to change. You will also notice  more and more things to be grateful for.

When you are truly thankful and grateful for something your energy changes, if you were sad, or negative before, you will notice that you now feel more energised and positive.

Practice gratitude each and every day, it will keep you uplifted positive and more energised.

 

Gratitude can can help you achieve your goals

Once you have set up a daily practice of being grateful, notably first thing in the morning just after waking. You might then go on to be thankful and grateful for the goals that you have set yourself for that day, but believe that you have already achieved them and be thankful and grateful to having achieved them.

Your mind is a powerful weapon which can be used to help you or to pull you down. Most people do not know how to use the mind in a positive way, and therefore it is left to rule itself .   Are you giving your mind instructions on a daily basis as to what you want to achieve, where you want to be by the end of the day, and telling your mind thank you for helping me to get to where I want to be,  is the most powerful bit of instruction you can say to yourself .

More importantly, why are you are telling your mind, or your brain these things, you should also feel as if you’ve already achieved it be truly grateful and experience how you feel During and after achieving your goal.

By putting this feeling out there you are vibrating your thoughts your feelings and your goals, and likewise the vibrations will come back to you which are on the same wave length.  This is how goals are achieved.

 

To help you stay focused you can practice the following:

  • Look at three things you are grateful for each day
  • Look at three things that you will do  that will make a difference to your day
  • Make a note of practising gratitude today and every day.

Let me know how you get on practising gratitude. I personally keep a journal of all the things I am grateful for and writing this as soon as I feel grateful for something that has come up in my life.

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