What if we authentically embraced our humanity more? You mean, be more vulnerable? Yes. You mean admit I have weaknesses? Yes, admit them and embrace them. You mean accept not only my own shortcomings but those of others as well? Yes. You mean celebrate others’ strengths and inviting their contributions rather than fearing or being jealous of them? Yes.
Many of you may now be thinking, “Are you kidding me! Why would we do this? How do I do this?”
For some, perhaps, you should not. It involves risk and going outside of your comfort zone. You may prefer to remain in the safety of your comfort zone. If this is the case for you, I urge you to reconsider.
Why? Because your greatness exists outside your comfort zone. You cannot see it from your comfort zone. The gateway to your greatness is through your growth zone, where you are likely uncomfortable yet purposefully learning and expanding your self-awareness and your capabilities. Your growth zone requires you to step into confident vulnerability™* as DeAnna Murphy, CEO of People Acuity, a Strengths Strategy Company, teaches us. This is that place of acceptance, one where you know who you are, who you are not, and are okay with both. In this no-judgment zone, you bring all you have to contribute and invite others to do the same, creating the space for strategic interdependence™*. It is at interdependence, where I serve us so that we can serve others, where all human beings experience the highest energy and highest performance producing the best results. Your greatness, and our collective greatness, is revealed when operating from interdependence.
Your greatness is human and born out of service to others through a larger purpose. Your greatness challenges you. It invites you to boldly be you and step into the unimaginable wonder and brilliance of you, not from an ego perspective, but from a soulful one. Your greatness takes you into the unknown and asks you to believe in yourself and your ability to figure things out, especially when your human conditioning might take you to deficit-thinking. It encourages you to reach out for help from others who bring different strengths, perspectives, and contributions than you do.
Your greatness requires operating from non-judgment about self or others. It requires vulnerability and reframing any thoughts of weakness, being less than or “not good enough” to curiosity about what might be possible if you chose to invite others to bring their puzzle pieces in interdependence.
We are at a point in our global human community where more now than ever, we need each person to step into their greatness so we may collectively make the world a better place for all of us. Our humanity is our foundational common ground. We share the same basic human needs of belonging, love, being seen, being heard, and being valued for who we uniquely are. We may not share the same circumstances, history, perspectives, or strengths, but we do share the human capabilities of love, compassion, kindness, and acceptance. We can choose to be grateful and to operate from a spirit of abundance. We can choose to expand our awareness and perspective.
What if we were more intentionally human every day? How might that reveal our greatness?
Each of us has greatness within us. Yet, how often are we either looking outside of ourselves to find it or simply cannot see our own unique, human greatness? Your greatness is within you, yet is revealed when you live from interdependence and with confident vulnerability.
*The Strategic Interdependence model and confident vulnerability come from the work of Strengths Strategy, Inc