What does being vulnerable mean to you?
Unfortunately, it’s a word that comes with a lot of negative associations. For example, many of the definitions of vulnerability focus on being weak, defenseless, powerless, passive, and feeble.
The problem is so many people view vulnerability as a flaw and a sign of weakness. They hold back questions and gloss over failures to appear strong, capable, and flawless. However, it’s the vulnerability that opens us up to so many beautiful things in life! Brené Brown, a leading researcher on vulnerability in human relationships, has said, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”
So, how do you embrace vulnerability and use it as a tool for growth? Start by changing your mindset and recognizing that vulnerabilities can be strengths.
Admit Your Mistakes
This is big! We all know how difficult it can be to stand up and say, “I was wrong.” Even the most extraordinary people make mistakes. The key is learning from your mistakes and harnessing those feelings of failure and rejection to keep moving forward. Leaders who admit to mistakes, losses, and setbacks establish a genuine connection rooted in authenticity.
Ask For Help
Chances are you have been juggling more roles and responsibilities than ever since the pandemic started a year ago. It’s important to remember to ask for help when you need it. Often, people become overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed because of overcommitment. Don’t be afraid to hit the “pause” button and reach out for support when you need it.
Say “I Don’t Know”
We can’t always know everything, but some people will try! Don’t fake understanding. Ask genius questions and be curious. Allow others to share skills, tips, and advice with you. Some of the world’s most outstanding leaders consider themselves to be life-long learners. Just because you don’t know something doesn’t mean you won’t be respected. Also, give honest and respectful responses to questions others might have.
Vulnerability as a weakness is just another unhealthy stigma we find in the mental health space. Unfortunately, so many stigmas hold people back from getting the help they need. Remember that it’s OK not to be OK. Perhaps the first step in gaining strength through vulnerability is reaching out for emotional support. Our team is here to walk with you on your journey to mental wellness through innovative treatments that can help you breakthrough and move forward in strength and happiness.
If being vulnerable is hard for you and is causing a mental health condition, Dr. McClelland and his team will work with you to be everything you can be.
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