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Welcome to Day 15 of the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge! Today we spark inspiration, meaning and joy with VULNERABILITY.

CHALLENGE: Accept yourself… flaws and all! Being our most authentic self takes courage + strength, and it can lead to a more fulfilled + happier life.

INSPIRATION: Brené Brown is a five-time New York Times bestselling author, a favorite on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and you guessed it — vulnerability expert.

Brené joined me on my Live Inspired Podcast to share tips to becoming a better leader by embracing vulnerability, identify what might be holding us back and what she views as the biggest barrier to courageous leadership. You’re sure to leave this conversation motivated + inspired!

ACTION: Speak truthfully about your challenges. Try answering honestly when a loved one asks the typical, “How are you today?” Being honest + open will strengthen your relationship.

Do you have tips on being vulnerable? Comment on the Day 15 Challenge Page here to inspire me and all of us taking the IN AWE Challenge together as a community. As you may have heard by now, I’m randomly selecting one commenter each day to win a copy of IN AWE!

My friends, today is your day! Live IN AWE.
John O’Leary

Did you know? 
The 21-Day IN AWE Challenge is inspired by John’s forthcoming book IN AWE. Preorder your copy + follow all the fun behind the scenes at ReadInAwe.com.


*One winner will be selected every day until publication 5/5/2020.

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  • Marie-Josée

    When I tried to speak truly about my challenge to my loved one, I felt like He had no compassion. We live totally different lives right now. Talking about my work stress and challenges was not interesting for him. The kids and him are fully relaxed, chilling and watching movies, while I work for the so called “emergencies” to keep the business rolling. I felt alone.
    During my night walk, I called a friend, and we both exchange on how we felt these days and how we adapt to our new situation. This was the talk I needed. I really felt understood and it was liberating! I was energized after that and felt wonderful!

  • Jill

    I like this one because I feel like I’m more in tune with what’s happening, it means a lot to me to be a listener and to understand better and help where I can. When asked how you’re doing I mostly answer honestly but I am a big fan of not saying the usual response of “good” I like to add something interesting in to make it a more meaningful conversation instead of a “going through the motions”. My challenge today is being in physical pain from not being able to attend my regular 6 day a week gym class, craniosacral therapy and massage. One of those was mandated close the others were personal and that’s okay, I completely understand it and know I’ll be okay. I definitely don’t like it and didn’t see the physical pain coming my way. During acupuncture today I had to mentally calm myself (not something that I regularly need to do but happened today) and talk myself off a ledge of freak out. I did share with the therapist my needs without a guilty feeling. She’s so wonderful about helping me through things and being an understanding person. This in turn helps me help others. Admitting pain on this website is something that is also a challenge/vulnerable moment for me. Any tip would be don’t be whiny, be authentic and use your words. Also listen to others when the opportunity comes forth!

    • John O'Leary

      Really appreciate the vulnerable share, Jill. Hang in there my friend and stay authentic with those in your circle.

  • Joel Boggess

    Since early adulthood, I’ve been struggling with finding my place in the world… Still struggling now so it seems. I am in my 3rd year, building my speaking business and find myself once again, ready to leave. I’ve enjoyed some good success and see my skill and fees go up, but the emotional cost just might be too great.
    I keep toying with the idea of going back to life as a personal trainer. In that role and industry, I was at the top, knew the business, had plenty of social interaction, and was able to be me, fully me.
    Currently, as a speaker, I feel that I am held back from expressing myself how I would like to, in the name of not wanting to “offend” would-be clients. However, when I was training people, I was in my element.
    I need to make a decision that is true to me and go with it. I’ve spend so many years trying to impress other people and be what I thought I was supposed to be.
    With God’s help, I am getting there.

    • Marie-Josée

      It is very impressive how you admit the truth to yourself. You feel you are not exactly where you need to be, and just to admit it it’s a big step I think. So often, we stay where we are because it is the “correct” thing to do.

  • Deanna

    Tips on Being Vulnerable
    I am a big fan of Brene Brown. In fact, she has been part of my journey along with you, John. Through my journey I have been searching for meaning, purpose and how to allow myself to be me. When I came across Brene Brown, I made a list of wholehearted living, laminated it and placed it on my mirror. It reminds me each day to be the best me and reminds me I am enough.

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