DISPATCH: Rising Strong with Dr. Brene Brown

What does it take to get back up when you fall?
How do you rise again when you’ve failed?
What really makes a leader?
How do relationships stay strong?
How do you keep innovating?

In Rising Strong, Dr. Brene Brown lets you in on exactly that. The logical next step in her research on vulnerability, courage, and worthiness after The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly, Rising Strong is grounded in thorough science and packaged in practical wisdom.

 

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The book launch at ABC Home symbolized the sentiment and intention of Brown’s work: she rocked the house wholeheartedly, with Texas charm, honestly, openly. And because full belly laughs open up the pathways of courage, she set the stage for the audience to participate. Honestly. Openly. It’s powerful to witness a book party morph into a womb of vulnerability. An incubator for innovation. An invitation to feel your emotions. That’s where magic happens, naturally.

 

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"I want to live a courageous life."

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"He or she who has the greatest capacity for discomfort rises the fastest."

 

You obviously want read the whole book to viscerally feel and embody every nugget. But for frazzled New Yorkers, in the city or in spirit, here’s your road map to Rising Strong, espresso-style:

 

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1) The RECKONING
Recognize your emotions. Get curious about them. What’s the physiology of your emotions? “We’re so much better at causing hurt than feeling hurt,” Brown says.  How are you dealing with your hurt feelings? Anger, avoidance, numbing, blame?

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"When you numb the dark, you numb the light."

When you numb the dark, you numb the light. @BreneBrown via @ColorsGratitude 

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Chandeliering: it hurts so much the person jumps to the ceiling at the slightest touch (literal or metaphorical).

 

Just pay attention.”  The key to recognizing your emotions is breathing. Yes, even in the military they’re breathing. It’s called tactical breathing. “It’s all about breath, Ma’am.” So here’s your primer to box breathing (just imagine the outline of a simple box; inhale, hold, exhale, hold for 4 breaths each):
In  4
Hold 4
Out 4
Hold 4

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"The key to recognizing your emotions is breathing."

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"We're emotional beings who on occasion think."

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Confabulation = a lie told honestly.

2) The RUMBLE
Own your story. Brown emphasizes that “if you don’t know your story, you cannot write the ending.” This will lead you to the SFD, the Shitty First Draft. Get honest with yourself. Acknowledge your feelings. Integrate your emotions. Filter your key learnings until you find your truth. “The whole story of Rising Strong is integration,” Brown says.

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One of the most cleansing acronyms: SFD = Shitty First Draft.

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The Delta: Where river and ocean meet. Can be muddy, swampy. Filter what's precious and useful.

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3) The REVOLUTION
Process becomes practice. Live your truth. Every day. Re-integrate the brilliant parts of yourself that helped you grow, that allowed you to get to where you are now. The feisty, funky, weird, courageous, brave, daring layers of your soul that might have been polished away by social tumbling. Bring ‘em back. Integrate.

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Integrate. "You can't be wholehearted if you're not whole." Integrate.

Integrate. @BreneBrown via @ColorsGratitude 

 

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"If you don't know your story, you can't write the ending."

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Live your truth. It's worth it.

 

 Complexity should not be drilled down. @BreneBrown via @ColorsGratitude 

He or she who has the greatest capacity for discomfort rises the fastest. @BreneBrown 

To not use your gifts, that's not a benign act. @BreneBrown via @ColorsGratitude 

Vulnerability = the most accurate measure of courage. @BreneBrown via @ColorsGratitude 

The body is the wisest part. @BreneBrown via @ColorsGratitude 

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