10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living by Dr Brené Brown

At the start of the book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Dr Brené Brown, she refers to 10 Guideposts to Wholehearted Living. These 10 guideposts are what the Wholehearted people “…work to cultivate and what they work to let go of” in their lives (p.9). Apparently they are referred to in more detail in the book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.

What are the 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living by Dr Brené Brown according to the research? They are as follows –

  1. “Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think
  2. Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism
  3. Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness
  4. Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark
  5. Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certainty
  6. Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison
  7. Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth
  8. Cultivating Calm and Still: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle
  9. Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self-Doubt and “Supposed To”
  10. Cultivating Laughter Song and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control”” (p.9).

One thing I enjoyed about her guideposts, is Brené indicates you cultivate and practice them. If you had to look at your own life, what would you be out of 10? For me, today is a little different than a few years ago, when I may have been 2 or 3!

If you would like to read more about them please have a look at the book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.

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Reference: 

Brown, B. (2012). Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. New York, USA: Penguin.

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29 Comments

  • christine

    Reply Reply November 28, 2017

    Hi Brene,
    I am currently reading one of your books and listening to your audio cd’s on shame. This has answered so many questions for me, that in the past I’ve had great difficulty unravelling. I’m 64 and wish I’d read this years ago – in saying that one of my shame triggers is that I should know everything, even if I don’t know it. This has caused me great shame over the years and encouraged me to isolate myself and not contribute a lot because of fear of appearing stupid. Not surprisingly, I have kept people in my life who have been happy to set these triggers off – this I saw as part of not being good enough and worthless, so deserved to be treated badly. I have many triggers and it’s amazing how one can accumulate these, without even fully understanding them. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Cheers Christine

    • Jane

      Reply Reply November 28, 2017

      Hi Christine – I am not Brene, however thank you for sharing. Take care of yourself and know that you are very much worthy. Warm wishes, Jane

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