Real Strength in Vulnerability: 18 Key Phrases

You would be AMAZED at how choosing to be genuinely vulnerable with others is incredibly empowering. It actually speaks to your strength of character. There’s nothing else that creates a quicker connection nor a more healthy opening for genuine interaction and effective solutioning than choosing to be vulnerable.

The next time you’re at an impasse with someone, or with a situation, consider expressing how you really feel (underneath the defensive frustration.) Here's a few phrases to try on:

  1. I’m really confused here…
  2. This feels wrong, but I don’t know what else to do.
  3. Wow, you’re right; I totally dropped the ball on that one. What do you suggest I/we do from here?
  4. I’m totally at a loss…
  5. You’re really important to me and the way this is going down feels crappy and I don’t know how to turn it around.
  6. I feel like an idiot here. Can you help me understand…?
  7. Help me understand, how did we get here?
  8. Help me understand why you’re so frustrated with me?
  9. I can honestly say I’m heartbroken over…
  10. I know something’s not right, but I simply can’t see it. Can you see what I’m missing?
  11. I’m so very sorry. And there is no excuse. Is there a way I can make this right?
  12. I hate to admit this, especially as the big cheese, but I’ve gotten kind of rusty at this. Will you show me again how to do this?
  13. I totally own that one...
  14. I didn’t always know this - I learned the hard way when I goofed up...
  15. I’m terrified. And I have all the faith in the world that if anyone can make this work, we can.
  16. I knew the right answer and I took the easy way out causing...
  17. I am so embarrassed. I can’t believe I...
  18. I literally stayed up last night worried about...

And let me know how it goes ;)

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