I just finished Brené Brown’s Call to Courage on Netflix. I loved it sooooooooooooo much, and I’m pretty sure you, dear reader, will too. It is that invigorating, that life-affirming. While it’s about all sorts of courage, it’ll also give you a boost of pride about your sobriety. You’ll understand how brave you were to chose courage over comfort. The courage to choose sobriety over the comfort of leaving things the way they are.
Rather than try to round up the entire talk for you, I’ve pulled out snippets that made me tingle with connectivity.
Courage over Comfort
“It’s a choice you make every day. Every day before my feet hit the floor I choose courage over comfort. I can’t make commitments for tomorrow, but for today I’m going to dare to be brave.
Daring is not comfortable
In daring greatly, you are making yourself vulnerable. Vulnerability is having the courage to show up when you can’t control the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness. it is our most accurate way to measure courage.
Experiencing vulnerability is a personal sign of strength rather than weakness. There is no courage without vulnerability, uncertainty, risk or emotional exposure. Without a doubt you are going to fall, you are going to fail, you’re going to know heartbreak.”
Stop engineering smallness in your life
“I didn’t plan big because of the fear of shame, the fear of criticism, was so paralysing up to that point that I engineered smallness in my life. I did not take chances, I did not put myself out there. If I was going to write an Op Ed, I’d send it to the Chronicle not the New York Times. It wasn’t worth it to me to step into my power and play big because I didn’t know literally if I could withstand the criticism.”
Think of Teddy’s response to critics
“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.”
–Theodore Roosevelt (1910)