I first was introduced to this quote by Brene Brown. I’m not sure if it was her Ted talk or one of her numerous interviews with Oprah Winfrey but it struck me as a step on life’s journey. Or several steps really:
When we Dare Greatly we allow ourselves to be vulnerable–it isn’t “good” or “bad” but instead just allowing ourselves to feel, to open ourselves to the endless possibilities is my best definition of being vulnerable.
When we begin to ask for what we need, to show up and do OUR work, to desire to be seen and no longer hide . . . that is when we dare greatly in our own lives.
To dwell in the space of vulnerability and embrace it will give you the foundation of courage to be who you are called to be. When you are happy, confident with who you are you let go of the desire to be better than someone else. You can rest in the fact that you are exactly where you are supposed to be and so is everyone else. Then we all take one giant step towards unity.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
How will you “Dare Greatly”?
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