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The Vortex of Vulnerability
Excerpt from Journey To You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Who You Were Born to Be
by Steve Olsher
There’s an old adage that says “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.”
And it’s dead wrong.
The fear of the devil you don’t know is much worse than the devil you do. Positioning yourself to look what you don’t know in the eye—and refusing to back down—will empower you to achieve breakthrough results.
The Vortex of Vulnerability will help cultivate this strength. It is composed of a four-step process. Each step will help you gain clarity as to who you are and why you do what you do.
When combined, the steps will help you move forward with conviction and purpose and reveal aspects of your life you aren’t consciously aware of but have a profound impact on your behavior.
Step One - Identify three recent times in your life when you absolutely “lost it.”
“Losing it” varies for different people. It might mean yelling at someone at the top of your lungs, sending a nasty email, or not returning someone’s phone call. The specific way in which you “lose it” isn’t important for this exercise.
Step Two - Identify three moments in your life that you would describe as having unequivocal, life-altering ramifications.
Such moments may be either positive or negative. The idea is to gain an understanding of the key moments in your life that helped shape you into the person you are today.
Step Three - Identify how you believe the world sees you versus how you’d ideally like to be seen.
This is known as a “disconnect” and there’s often a huge difference between these two frames of mind. While you may believe your actions reflect your conscious desires, this is seldom the case.
Step Four: Create a list of questions for which you’d like feedback.
Take this step only if you can handle constructive criticism from the people closest to you and are willing to risk the consequences.
I recognize that The Vortex of Vulnerability can be difficult and may have brought some dirt to the surface. So let’s take advantage of that dirt by planting some flowers! The next exercise, The Vortex of Invincibility, will open your eyes to areas of your life where your soul truly soars.
Note: Content has been edited and omitted from Chapter 2 of “Journey To You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Who You Were Born to Be”, by Steve Olsher to fit the purpose of this site.
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About the Author
Known as America's Reinvention Expert, Steve Olsher is the co-star of the ground-breaking film, The Keeper of the Keys, Founder of the Reinvention Workshop, Host of Reinvention Radio, Author of USA Book News' "Self-Help Book of The Year" Journey To You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Who You Were Born to Be, and an in-demand media guest who has appeared on ABC, Fox TV and more than 200 radio shows. To learn more, and for your FREE eBook copy of Journey To You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Who You Were Born to Be, visit www.JourneyToYou.com.