EP. 033 The Consultant's Vulnerability Hangover

podcast Oct 28, 2021
 
 
Have You Ever Experienced a “Vulnerability Hangover”? Most of us have experienced the vulnerability hangover, but we are not aware that we did. The term “Vulnerability Hangover” was coined by Dr. Brené Brown. She defines it as “the gut-wrenching feeling of shame and fear that pops right after we undertake an emotional risk.” It makes us wish that we had never revealed something or that we could go back in time and undo the action that makes us question ourselves after the fact.  This experience is mentally exhausting and can last between a few hours to several days, depending on how risky a revelation you consider it to be. 

As consultants, this experience of the Vulnerability Hangover can be viewed as something to avoid. 

I want to offer that this is a good thing. It’s a way for you to grow past your comfort zone. Any time you put yourself out there and you experience this ‘hangover”, it’s a sign that you’ve embraced growth. In fact, I recommend that you purposefully create situations that make you experience the Vulnerability Hangover. 

The key is to plan ahead to (1) intentionally put yourself in situations that could create a hangover, and thus the more rapid growth of yourself as a business owner and (2) to know how you’ll handle it when it does happen, so you don’t allow it to slow you down.

There are a few effective ways to do this. Listen in to learn more. 

On this episode, I discuss: 
[06:10] How does this concept of Vulnerability Hangover apply to you
[09:48] How do you recognize that Vulnerability Hangover is happening in your business
[12:38] Is Vulnerability Hangover a problem
[15:43] How to rebound from the Vulnerability Hangover space


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