A few weeks back, in one of Dr. Hinson's Five Friday Favorites posts, she mentioned Brene Brown's six favorite books about bravery. We were chatting about the post and the list and eventually got the very concept of bravery. What does it mean? How can we live it?
I'm one of those people who believes in intentionality. I love spontaneity and appreciate surprises and believe in miracles, but I live my life through intention. That means that I usually pick words to focus on for certain seasons, to mediate on and research about and think on. I've chosen "bravery" for the last two years for some very different reasons, and so Brene Brown's newest book Braving the Wilderness has become very dear to me.
We're going to spend the first quarter of 2018 writing about bravery here on the blog and talking about it in videos and generally helping you intentionally think about it alongside of us and we'll be using Braving the Wilderness as our guide. That will include reviews and summaries of the books Brown talks about, as well as other resources.
Brown, for those of you unfamiliar with her work, is a social worker, researcher, and writer who has spent the better part of 20 years researching vulnerability. Her other books have touched on ideas of brokenness, truth, emotional intelligence, belonging, shame, and pain and I believe are heartily worth your time. In this most recent work, Brown discusses what she calls a societal spiritual crisis of disconnection - where we are so concerned with fitting in that we have no idea how to belong.
"True belonging requires us each to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity, It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts."
We believe leadership demands true belonging and competitive advantages of the future will involve bravery, civility, kindness, integrity, and authenticity.
Many of our clients are in strategic planning phases for 2018 for their business and we've been encouraging folks to think about strategic planning for their personal development as well. What concepts will you focus on? What do you want to learn next year? How can you be intentional about your own life? So if you're thinking along those lines, we'd invite you to intentionally spend time with bravery next year. Grab Brown's book now, read through it before January, or grab it over the holiday season and read it with us next year, or don't read it at all and still come talk with us about it. (But the book is so good, y'all. So good. I promise.)
We'll be announcing our Intention Schedule for 2018 a little closer to the dawn of the new year, as we are also in a strategic planning phase. However, we couldn't wait to share this first phase with you and hope you join us.