Vulnerability is defined as “The quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally”
How vulnerable are you? What keeps you from being vulnerable?
Based on my own experience and coaching conversations I’ve had with many women, I would say what keeps us from being vulnerable is the thought of, “They are going to judge me.” Listen, I get it. For so long I would keep everything in, hide those wounds, was very good at expressing, “I’m fine!!” Sound familiar?
What would it take for you to be vulnerable? To expose yourself?
Vulnerability stirs up so many thoughts and emotions. Here are some from my own personal journey:
No one will believe me. If they knew, they won’t like me. It hurts way too bad to open myself up. My children won’t love me. For me, those thoughts brought excruciating emotions: fear, unworthiness, loneliness, isolation, defeat.
How did I overcome those thoughts and emotions?
I’m so glad you asked. “Coaching”
Vulnerable does not have to be negative, I now view it as a strength. I allowed myself permission to be vulnerable. Oh, it didn’t come without kicking and screaming. Was it trust; absolutely not. Remember, I knew I going to be judged, right? Trust came from allowing myself to be vulnerable only to find out my thoughts had not served me in a healthy way. I remember it like it was yesterday. My coach allowed me to be vulnerable and exposed. She supported me with no judgement and no agenda. I was not expecting to be empowered by my decision to be vulnerable. However, extremely grateful.
Today, I get and want to support woman from a position without judgement and no agenda. What better time for you to be vulnerable and empowered at the same time.
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