I hung out with Brene Brown on the treadmill this morning. She wasn’t actually next to me, but she was in my ears as I listened to her TED Talk on the power of vulnerability and the importance of connection. Connection with others – or companionship – and connection with the world around us – that is purpose – are innate needs in all of us. Brown asserts that “the one thing that keeps us out of connection is our fear that we are not worthy of connection.”
Whether or not you believe it, you are in fact worthy of connection. I don’t care what your dirty, deep and dark secret is, or what you are ashamed of about your life… you are worthy of love and belonging. It is through accepting the innate vulnerabilities about your personal story that allows you to accept yourself at a fundamental state. Self-acceptance begets a strong sense of worthiness and worthiness begets confidence of love and belonging. When you believe that you are worthy of love, you will learn that it is not only easier to love yourself, but also to love others, and as a result, your connections with your world around you will deepen with a new sense of satisfaction.
If you’re not getting signal on your connection today, stop looking outward and start looking inward because that’s where real connection is birthed.