Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

When we choose growth over perfection, we immediately increase our shame resilience. Improvement is a far more realistic goal than perfection. Merely letting go of unattainable goals makes us less susceptible to shame. When we believe “we must be this” we ignore who or what we actually are, our capacity and our limitations. We start from the image of perfection, and of course, from perfection there is nowhere to go but down.

Brené Brown, I Thought It Was Just Me (but it Isn’t). Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” (Penguin Publishing Group, Feb 2007)

Notes: Portrait: NPR, 2019


  1. This is so true, and so hard to do at times, but so freeing when we do so

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  2. Love Brene…she makes me feel like the impossible is worth a shot. I love her honesty and resilience. She isn’t afraid to admit she screws up, too, and doesn’t have all the answers, yet she keeps putting it out there. Love that….

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  3. I adore Brené. Never afraid to show her vulnerability and teach us. She’s such an inspiration.

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  4. a good attitude to have for sure…

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  5. Happy thanksgiving David 🍂👌🌞smiles hedy

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  6. We so often set goals that are plain impossible. We mean well, want well, and yet often cannot meet our own finish line. Be good to yourself and let it go. Set new ones. Don’t judge yourself if you can’t meet the impossible ones you set for yourself.

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  7. Nan Heldenbrand Morrissette says:

    “Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.”
    M C Escher

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