“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” ~ Brené Brown

I watched Brené Brown’s new Netflix movie this week The Call to Courage. YOU HAVE GOT TO WATCH THIS! Dr. Brown is funny as hell and so down to earth that you don’t realize that she is one of the most accomplished authors and psychologists of our time.

Dr. Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy.  She’s written five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness and Dare to Lead.  I’ve read every one of them.  I’ve seen her speak here in Denver.  I want to be like Brené.

She says “I believe that you have to walk through vulnerability to get to courage, therefore . . . embrace the suck. I try to be grateful every day and my motto right now is “Courage over comfort.” I do NOT believe that cussing and praying are mutually exclusive. And, I absolutely believe that the passing lane is for passing only.”  Did I mention I want to be like Brené?

One of my very favorite things I learned from taking Brené’s course, CourageWorks, was Theodore Roosevelt’s “Citizenship in a Republic” speech at the Sorbonne in Paris, France on April 23, 1910

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

President Roosevelt believed that a man shouldn’t be judged by what he achieved but by what he did.  It was the process that mattered.  To Roosevelt, courage was the virtue that enabled men, and women, to try and struggle.

If you want to win, you have to show up and be vulnerable.

You have to be the Woman in the Arena.

My name is Nancy McKay and I coach women, most of them are over 50, who are going through a major transition in their lives and don’t know what the hell happened. They’re feeling lost and afraid because they don’t know what their future looks like. I help them figure out how to feel happy and at peace with their life.

Interested to find out if coaching is right for you?

 If you’re looking for a coach that will inspire, motivate and empower you AND that knows how you feel -we should talk.

One of best compliments I’ve received was “You helped me in seeing things from a different lens – I can’t believe I learned so much in one meeting!  I can’t wait to see what else I learn from you.” Helping women make a shift in their thinking and in their lives thrills me to pieces and drives everything I do.

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