The Daring Way™ is an experiential curriculum based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown who has spent nearly two decades studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, connection, and shame. The methodology is designed to help people show up, be seen and live braver lives. Using The Daring Way™ model we will explore and examine such topics as scarcity, comparison, loneliness, lack of connection, and shame which are so prevalent in today’s society. As Brené says about shame, “everyone has it, nobody wants to talk about it, and the less we talk about it, the more we have it.” I use this amazing curriculum to help share ways to move forward into empathy, self-compassion, and wholehearted living.
I offer my clients (either individually or in a group) ways to learn more about the myths associated with being vulnerable, how we “armor up” to avoid feeling vulnerable and provide them with tools to live differently. We examine how armoring up diminishes our lives and how giving ourselves permission to put down our own personal armor is so powerful. Central to The Daring Way™ process—learning to show up, be seen and live brave—is developing practices of empathy and self-compassion while discovering what our true values really are. This is key to getting unstuck, being less confused and lighting the way to not being so frightened to get back on our path. This is The Daring Way™.
The Ten Daring Way™ Guideposts for Wholehearted Living:
- Letting go of what people think, and cultivating authenticity.
- Letting go of perfectionism, and cultivating self-compassion.
- Letting go of numbing and powerlessness, and cultivating resilient spirit.
- Letting go of scarcity and fear of the dark, and cultivating gratitude and joy.
- Letting go of the need for certainty, and cultivating intuition and trusting faith.
- Letting go of comparison, and cultivating creativity.
- Letting go of exhaustion and productivity as self-worth, and cultivating play and rest.
- Letting go of anxiety as a lifestyle, and cultivating calm and stillness.
- Letting go of self-doubt and “supposed to,” and cultivating meaningful work.
- Letting go of being cool and “always in control,” and cultivating laughter, song, and dance.
About Brené Brown
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers.
In her own Texas twang, “The bottom line: I believe that you have to walk through vulnerability to get to courage, therefore . . . embrace the suck. I try to be grateful every day and my motto right now is “Courage over comfort.” I do NOT believe that cussing and praying are mutually exclusive. And, I absolutely believe that the passing lane is for passing only. I’ve been married to Steve for almost 25 years and we have two amazing kids, Ellen and Charlie, and a weird Bichon named Lucy.”