The call to courage


Last week I saw the inspiring Netflix special “the call to courage” of Dr. Brené Brown. For those of you who might not know her, Brené Brown became world famous with her studies on shame and the relationship between vulnerability and courage.

Shame, fear, empathy and vulnerability are some of the most powerful emotions we can feel as human beings. And most of us feel very uncomfortable when they show up in our lives. Brené Brown believes that we have to be willing to lean into our discomfort to invoke love into our life while discovering joy and finding a sense of belonging. In this Netflix special she shares research findings in front of a life audience and offers practical tips on how to be courageous while living your best life. Her bottom line: “if you are brave with your life and choose to live in the arena, you are going to get your ass kicked”!

She was and is very inspired by Theodore Roosevelt who said: ““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.”...

So, over to you. Are you ready to live in the arena?