Another fantastic book by Brene Brown! Read it! (Should I end the post there?!)
This book is about overcoming adversity and how to “Rise Strong” from these experiences. Great for anyone going through change professionally or personally…which is pretty much all of us.
Bravery and courage are themes in this book. There were a lot of quotes I liked in this book.
“If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall; this is they physics of vulnerability”
“Courage is contagious” so true…in light of the recent Bell Let’s Talk Day, I saw so many people sharing their story because someone else was courageous enough to share.
“Once we start being brave we can never go back. Courage transforms the emotional structure of our being. It can also reignite our sense of purpose”
There is a process to Rising Strong. Reckoning, Rumble, Revolution.
1. Reckoning – where we recognize the emotion and how it connects to the way we think and behave. Where we chose courage over comfort.
“Denying emotion is like never taking your car out of the garage. It’s safe in there, but you’ll never go anywhere”
2. Rumble – where we have to be honest about the stories we’re making up about our struggle (choose courage over comfort). Then challenge them to determine the truth and what needs to change. This is what is the hardest and takes the most time. She spends the majority of the book talking about the “rumble”.
Topics she covers: boundaries, integrity, generosity, expectations, disappointment, resentment, heartbreak, grief, forgiveness, empathy, connection, judgement, asking for help, fear, shame, perfectionism, accountability, trust, failure, regret, criticism. Big topics with big emotions!
“Expectations are resentments waiting to happen”
“When perfectionism is driving, shame is riding shotgun”
“Comparison sucks the creativity and joy right out of life”
3. Revolution – writing a new ending to your story based on what you’ve learned. Transforming the way you live.
“There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fear mongers than those of us who are willing to fall because we have learned how to rise”
Just another great book by Brene Brown. She is such a powerful person and great writer. In case you missed my other posts on her books…take a look:
The Gifts of Imperfection