10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living by Brené Brown
In 2014 I wrote a 10-part series based on one of my very favorite books, "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brené Brown. Each week for 10 weeks I shared one guidepost from the book, a few thoughts, plus a journal prompt. To date this was by far my most popular series. I think because this book is so validating. Brené Brown's work in shame research gave such validity to our fears of rejection and why connection is so important.
Sign up for the my 10 week series! I will share one guidepost from the book and a few thoughts about each guidepost. Each post will include journal prompts to help you bring this book to life.
First - I encourage you to read the book in full. It's a quick but very relevant read! Although I'll be giving a synopsis of each guidepost it's important that you have a framework for what we're discussing here.
You may have seen Dr. Brené Brown's TedTalk on The Power of Vulnerability or her three books. If not, check them out. Brene’s work is based on a 12-year research project she did on shame. What she unearthed was a population of people living what she now calls a “Wholehearted Life.” This particular group of people embraces failure, creativity, play, laughter, and self-compassion and they do so through the practice of vulnerability.
10 WEEKS & 10 GUIDEPOSTS FOR WHOLEHEARTED LIVING BY BRENE BROWN
WEEK 1: CULTIVATE AUTHENTICITY – LET GO OF WHAT PEOPLE THINK ABOUT YOU
WEEK 2: CULTIVATE SELF-COMPASSION – LET GO OF PERFECTIONISM
WEEK 3: CULTIVATE A RESILIENT SPIRIT – LET GO OF NUMBING AND POWERLESSNESS
WEEK 4: CULTIVATE GRATITUDE AND JOY – LET GO OF SCARCITY
WEEK 5: CULTIVATE INTUITION AND TRUSTING FAITH – LET GO OF THE NEED FOR CERTAINTY
WEEK 6: CULTIVATE CREATIVITY – LET GO OF COMPARISON
WEEK 7: CULTIVATE PLAY AND REST – LET GO OF EXHAUSTION AS A STATUS SYMBOL AND PRODUCTIVITY AS SELF-WORTH
WEEK 8: CULTIVATE CALM AND STILLNESS – LET GO OF ANXIETY AS A LIFESTYLE
WEEK 9: CULTIVATE MEANINGFUL WORK – LET GO OF SELF-DOUBT AND “SUPPOSED TO”
WEEK 10: CULTIVATE LAUGHTER, SONG, AND DANCE – LET GO OF BEING COOL AND “ALWAYS IN CONTROL”
I can’t tell you how to cultivate each guidepost because it is different for everyone. Instead I will provide journal prompts that will help you find out for yourself.