Last night I picked up my copy of Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly. This book has been sitting on my shelf, unread, for almost three years. My mandate to begin “Living Authentically” started shortly after I read Brené’s earlier published book, The Gifts of Imperfection. Since moving, starting residency, and having another baby, my goal to read Daring Greatly kept getting pushed to the bottom of my list. Within the midst of my current existential life crisis, I decided it was time to pick up the book and stare Wholeheartedness right in the face.
I didn’t even get through the prologue before realizing that I no longer live, or even embody, the qualities of wholeheartedness and authenticity. Maybe I used to, but in the struggle to keep up and keep going, I’ve let these important aspects of my life fall to the side.
Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose; the level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of our fear and disconnection
~Brené Brown, Daring Greatly
The one thing I know for sure is that right now, I have no clarity of my purpose. I am filled with fear and disconnection from my life and my purpose. I feel confused and I lack direction because my viewpoint on life is clouded by outside expectations, judgement, and comparison. My internal dialogue is lost and disguised by everything that defines fear and vulnerability. These definitions were very well delineated by Brené Brown in The Gifts of Imperfection and I know that reading that book changed my life. I blogged about that change on the old blog and I will find that post to re-post here in the coming days.
Ironically, The introduction to Daring Greatly literally reminded me of these imperfections and what needs to be shed from my life:
1. Letting go of what people think
2. Letting go of perfectionism
3. Letting go of numbing and powerlessness
4. Letting go of scarcity and fear of the dark
5. Letting go of the need for certainty
6. Letting go of comparison
7. Letting go of exhaustion of a status symbol and productivity as self-worth
8. Letting go of anxiety as a lifestyle
9. Letting go of self-doubt and “supposed to”
10. Letting go of being cool and “always in control”
Each of these ten imperfections, every single one of them, comprise the mental roadblocks that I am struggling with right now. These imperfections are preventing me from committing to the decisions I am faced with in my life today. I need to lean-in to my fears and rediscover my vulnerabilities. I need to embrace them and re-discover my own authenticity