1. Be real. If you’re scared, say you’re scared. If you don’t know, say you don’t know. If you made a mistake, say you made a mistake. If you feel hurt, say you’re hurt. If you’re in love, say you’re in love.
2. Act with no guarantees by turning ideas into actions. The idea of true love, the vision of a better world, the image of your perfect lifestyle are safe thoughts. Take action embracing the notion that you might fail or get hurt.
The most painful moments are the greatest lessons. And the outcome of lessons learned is wisdom.
Turn a vision you’ve been only thinking about into reality.
What’s one small action step towards making that idea a reality
can take today? Writing your idea down and working towards the idea you have now begun to outline is a great action plan that can one day lead to big changes.
3. Ask for help. By admitting your weaknesses, you make room for other people’s gifts.
If you notice yourself trying to do everything yourself, take a step back and evaluate which aspects of the project or situation energize and excite you. Write them down. Then make a list of the areas that exhaust you. Seek help where you’re exhausted.
4. Get rejected. No makes room for the right Yes.
In what area of your life are you afraid of being rejected? How can you expose yourself to the possibility of being rejected 10 times this week? Through action comes growth.
5. Embrace negative emotions. When we numb sadness and pain, we numb joy and happiness. Feeling the depths of our lows enables us to fully feel the depths of our highs. It’s all connected.
Cry, scream, get it out of your system as long as you’re not hurting others.
Thinking positively is a great way to be on a daily basis but when you’re trying to handle a negative emotion distracting yourself can prove ineffective. Let yourself fully experience the depths of sadness. After a period of time (if it lasts over two weeks you might want to speak with a professional) you will begin feeling more energized then ever.
Allowing yourself to feel and process pain enables you to move forward. Pay attention to how you respond to sadness and pain. Is that when your vices come out to play? Do you push away negative emotions? How can you allow yourself to fully process them?
To be vulnerable is to be deeply seen. It’s to love with your whole heart and to put yourself out there. To feel vulnerable is to be alive–to exist as your most beautiful self.
How do you exercise vulnerability? What has it done for your life? Share your story in the comments below!