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Becoming More Vulnerable

Hi everybody, this is Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike.

Mike, what are the initial steps for one who is striving to become more vulnerable?

Don’t do it! Do not do it! (Just kidding)

The initial steps for becoming more vulnerable is to find somebody you trust explicitly. And that might be a therapist or a physician, I don’t know, and share little vulnerable moments.

Vulnerability is just putting who you are at risk and placing that in the hands of another person. It’s dangerous and stupid. Anybody who tells you to just be blatantly vulnerable, don’t do it.

Brene Brown does a great job, she has a great definition of it, love Brene. And I would do it with somebody that you trust a lot. I mean 100%. I’ve got a friend who had a best friend that she shared some very vulnerable information with and she totally betrayed her trust. So, be careful you know? Share the little stuff and see if it gets shared.

Start with the little things, go to the bigger things. Usually, start with the safest person in your world. And if you have really vulnerable things you want to try out, do it with somebody that is legally bound to manage your confidentiality.

If it’s a conversation you want to have with a person, what’s the worst thing that could happen? You share some little vulnerable piece of information – “I kind of like you”, or “I’d like to get to know you”, or “Would you help me learn to speak?” when it’s very vulnerable of them to ask me. There’s a little risk, and what’s the worst thing I’m going to say? No?

So little things, somebody you can trust, or a professional. That’s what I’d say.

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