Cultivating a Resilient Spirit with Brené Brown's Guideposts for Wholehearted Living

Several people have recently asked me if I have made New Year’s resolutions. I’m not really into them. I think they set us up for feeling like we’ve failed if we don’t meet them. But I do like taking time to consider what I might want to focus on more and in the new year, to re-orient my perspective, to set intentions.

I am gearing up to offer another Daring Greatly™ workshop based on Brené Brown’s research and I’m thinking about how her 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living could inspire intention setting in the new year for anyone who wants to live with more courage and compassion.

You could take one guidepost per month for 10 months, or focus on one all year.


As I’m writing this, I’m thinking about Guidepost #3: Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: by Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness. With this comes one of the most salient lessons in the Daring Way work to me:

“We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb hard feelings we numb joy, we numb gratitude, we numb happiness” - Brené Brown

It can be so tempting to try to take the edge off. And yet, numbing doesn’t help us learn to get up again when we fall. We have to be willing to feel and hold it all if we want to experience joy.

I am excited that there is a band new Gifts of Imperfection curriculum for Certified Daring Way™ Facilitators to deepen this work in exploring the Guideposts. I hope to offer a Gifts of Imperfection workshop in 2019.

For now, consider registering for my Daring Greatly workshop to start the new year, or explore the guideposts on your own through reading Brené’s The Gifts of Imperfection.