Are you worried others will think you are weak?
People who disclose their vulnerabilities feel that they are extremely weak and are worried about what others will think of them.
For example, with public speaking being the #1 fear, why does it make others feel vulnerable and weak to share with others?
Being vulnerable is a great act of courage and strength, rather than incompetence. It takes much more effort to share than to hide.
By sharing your fear, you are more relatable to others, they feel a connection that makes them feel more human, not so alone.
They let go of the tendency to compare themselves to others once they know what is really going on in someone else’s mind. We are all human after all.
Years and years of society, media, culture, upbringing, etc., have discouraged us from being vulnerable. But we can change that now that we are aware.
After my workshops, https://www.sociallyspeakingplus.com/getting-over-stage-fright/ many members say they’ve decided to be open about it with their family, friends and at work or school. They say what a difference it has made.
It also opens others up to share with them that they too have been hiding this fear. Then there is the surprise on both ends that the fear has been covered up and hidden so well for so long!
The power of vulnerability reduces pressure and replaces self-blame and guilt with a feeling of empowerment. Remember that there’s no courage without fear.
Being brave and scared—being strong and vulnerable—are two sides of the same coin. Start opening up to others today!
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