Vulnerability and Challenge…
On Thursday this week, my partner (Deb) and I went to see the comedian - Rhod Gilbert. The title of his show was “The Book of John”. I’d never seen Rhod live before but always liked the videos that I’d seen. I have to share the video link below as I can relate to it so much - I live in North Wales and I’ve been learning Welsh over the last few years….I don’t find it easy but I think it’s good for my brain In the video Rhod talks about learning Welsh - I hope you enjoy it!
In his show this week, I was surprised (and impressed) how open he was - he talked freely about his life and the challenges that he has faced over the last few years - the death of his mother, having a mini-stroke and him and his wife’s struggle to conceive a baby.
What surprised me the most was when Rhod explained that he struggles with anxiety and is a very shy person. I did not think that he struggles with anxiety - his stage presence was very confident, and he handled the hecklers with ease! However, he explained in day to day life he really struggles to make conversation with people. Rhod explained that he challenges himself by going on stage and has a purpose for each of his shows.
In this one he was raising awareness of Stokes and raising money for his chosen Stroke charity - which I thought was very honourable.
I’ve been thinking a lot since the show about the strength of vulnerability and how this can be shown (in a powerful way) through challenge. In Rhod’s case he uses the challenge of his on-stage performance to show his vulnerability and people love him for it. We all felt closer to him - connected - and the realisation was clear that he’s just a human being - just like us.
If you ever get the chance to see Rhod, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the show!
I’m coming to the end of the challenge that I set myself a few months ago - “Kev’s Vlog Challenge” where I record a Video Blog each day for 100 days. Yesterday I recorded day 82 - If you’ve not seen it, feel free to click the video below to watch it.
I decided to do the challenge to get out of my comfort zone as I really struggled to get in front of the camera. But I knew that video will be a key part of my coaching business in the future. For me I think I’m coming to the end of the beginning with this challenge. I feel more comfortable getting in front of the camera. I know that I still need to improve but I’m just taking it one day at a time and as long as I’m going in the right direction, I’ll get there!
I talked with some of my Coaching Clients this week as they are moving through the challenges that they have set themselves. I am so impressed to witness the transformation they are making to go out of their comfort zone. They are learning so much about themselves and their capabilities. But the most striking thing for me is when they realise that the other side of their comfort zone (that uncomfortable place) is where real growth happens for them. When they get there (and I’m sure they will), they’ll also realise that the challenge that they have been doing is no longer a challenge for them as it’s now within their comfort zone - they’ve just expanded their comfort zone.
So, is there an area in your life where you feel you are struggling, where you need to grow?
Well, if there is consider challenging yourself and take it one day at a time.
If you would like assistance, Coaching is an excellent “vehicle” to help you close the gap from where you are now to where to want to be. Why not book your-self a free Coaching Strategy session with me and start the journey to the other side of your comfort zone - just click the link below:
I hope you have an awesome day!
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"Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength."