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Vulnerability is a gift but isn’t necessarily easy to embrace.

Accepting vulnerability to achieve success isn’t necessarily easy, but something that changes your mindset and how you see the world, and yourself.

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What is vulnerability?

According to Websters, vulnerability is the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

Sounds pretty frightening, doesn’t it?

Yet, we have to allow ourselves to be vulnerable if we want to create the life we desire.

Courage to become vulnerable

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to act anyway said someone very wise.

We all live with fear. It isn’t an emotion that we can suppress completely, our brains were created to protect us. But what we can do is talk to ourselves and change our mindset surrounding it.   

In this episode, I share my journey with embracing vulnerability, overcoming fear through courage, and leaning on my friends as a support system. I also share how I am now able to do things I couldn’t do in the past.   

It Takes a Village to accept vulnerability to achieve success

No one can do it alone. The demands of both life and business require us to tap into external resources. I was blessed to have a support system, my husband, and my friends. My business mastermind friends, were a big influence on shifting my mindset around fear and accepting vulnerability, Mary Fran Bontempo, Kristin Smedley, and Kathy Marcino, were a big influence on shifting my mindset around fear and accepting vulnerability.

In addition, Brene Brown and her book, The Gift of Imperfection influenced me to take action to improve my mindset and accept vulnerability.

How do you accept vulnerability?

Accepting vulnerability wasn’t easy. With the support of friends and family and by changing my mindset around vulnerability, I was able to move from being consumed by fear to having courage.

Looking back on this episode, three years later, I realize how naive I was. My anxiety had a strong hold on me. Accepting vulnerability was a much greater accomplishment than I realized then. The reality is, anxiety increased my level of fear and had me in a cycle of perfectionism that felt unbreakable.

Today, after three years of intense mindset work, and accepting vulnerability in areas of my life I never felt possible, I can indeed say that accepting vulnerability to achieve success is possible.

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