Embracing vulnerability and self-awareness in pursuit of daringly great things

Episode

4

Alex DeCiantis

Overview

In this episode, I chat with Alex (@livepcld) about vulnerability and self-awareness, and how we use these principles to take risks and pursue the things that matter. While there is often a negative connotation associated with vulnerability, there is another angle to look at it - and that's the desire to make yourself vulnerable and put yourself out there when doing something big. Whether we see vulnerability as an impairment or the push that we need, it comes down to self-awareness. Specifically, being aware of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours and how those respond in different situations - which in turn can inform us on how we can use vulnerability as a mechanism to accomplish things that matter most to us.

 

Personally, this theme hits close to home as I often switch between vulnerability as a fear and as an enabler. It is not easy and most definitely not something that can be done overnight, but by being aware and consciously making the decision to frame vulnerability differently, I have seen significant results over the last year. I would love to hear how you tackle vulnerability, whether as a gap that needs to be addressed or as an opportunity to move your agenda forward!

Episode Highlights

  • What is vulnerability? [03:25]

  • Concept of shame [07:02]

  • Taking risks to do something daringly great [12:50]

  • Story behind L.I.V.E. coaching business [17:30]

  • Taking the 1st step [19:51]

  • Cycle of vulnerability [24:05]

  • How to be more self-aware [30:38]

  • Exploring different meditation practices [36:10]

  • Setting a vision versus expectations [40:45]

Resources

Concepts:

Books, Media & Literature:

Mind of the meditator - http://bit.ly/1rdFL3Z (Scientific America 2014)

Tools of Titans - http://bit.ly/2fsKf5t

TedX Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability - http://bit.ly/1lJtLD1

TedX Brene Brown: Listening to shame - http://bit.ly/P8qkHo

People:

Other:

Guest - Alex:

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