Perform as your authentic self: Brené Brown, award winning researcher/storyteller.

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston. She has spent the past fourteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers including The Gifts of Imperfection.

In this talk Brené tells us how accepting and showing vulnerability is the key to allow ourselves to be truly seen.

This can be a liberating experience!

 

My 3 take-ways and how they could benefit performance are:

  1. By looking at flaws as something that brings us closer to other people and not isolating us from them. This can lead to more open and fruitful relationships.
  2. Accepting vulnerability through our actions. It could be through saying I love you first or complimenting a teammate, knowing reciprocation is not guaranteed. This shows strength by acknowledging the effect of kind words and not craving them in return.
  3. Tell ourselves we are enough as we are. Brené states when we do this we stop screaming and start listening to ourselves. We then become kinder and gentler to ourselves and in turn to the people around us.

My mother passed on a great mantra to me to reinforce this feeling of being enough and strong despite what other’s perceptions may be. It also reinforces a healthy love for and belief in yourself.

“I am more than I appear to be. All the world’s power and strength lies within me”.

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