By Carla Helené
Allowing yourself to be vulnerable does not mean you are a victim. In fact, being vulnerable is a sign of the exact opposite. It takes a strong person to show their weaknesses. Here are six ways that vulnerability is actually a sign of great strength and fortitude.
1. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable means you are real. Being vulnerable shows you are strong enough to be your true, authentic self, regardless what others think. When you no longer are concerned with how others see you, you have reached a very high level of independence. Being unbothered by peoples opinion of you is achieving true liberty from peer pressure and and people pleasing.
2. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable means you have a healthy self esteem. Allowing others to see your weaknesses is difficult. Doing so means you are self assured and confident in who you are. This does not mean you have it all together. It simply means you know yourself and trust your instincts enough to let your guard down around others.
3. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable means you have a realistic understanding of who you are. Vulnerability helps us see our own growth points in ways that hiding your weaknesses never will. Once you reveal and accept these areas of your life, you more effectively can work on them.
4. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable means you have strong relationships. Trusting someone else the power to harm you is an earmark of a solid relationship. Weak people do not trust others easily because they still live in their hurts but strong people let go of the poison inside the hurts they have received, allowing true healing to take place.
5. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable means you are not afraid to take risks. Risk taking can pay off big sometimes but it can also inflict great damage. Being willing to put it all on the line means you are strong enough to take the chance of losing something important in hopes of gaining something even better.
6. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable means you are brave. Bravery is not action in the absence of fear, but action despite fear’s presence. Willingly taking off your shield when it could be dangerous to your wellbeing with the hope of creating a positive outcome is one of the bravest things anyone can do. Giving power to someone else means you have great inner strength. Power belongs to those who give it away because it is always theirs to reclaim.
My name is Carla Helené. I am a cheeky naturalista, serial entrepreneur, speaker, educator and self love advocate who encourages women to embrace their truth, love themselves and make margaritas out of life’s lemons. Is there a recipe for this? I’m not sure I but I know we can figure it out together.
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