The Daring Way™

Show Up. Be Seen. Live Brave.™

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, 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.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Rising Strong™

The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution.™

It’s not the critic who counts.

Join me along with others – like you – who are sick of feeling afraid. You are braver than you realize, and it’s possible to make the lasting changes necessary to show up in the arena of your life!

“Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s about going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid but that doesn’t change the fact that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.” – Brené Brown

Rising Strong™ is a program about what it takes to get back up and try again. It’s about owning your story of struggle so you may have the power to write daring new endings. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and Rising Strong™ the clearest path to a wholehearted life.

Life doesn’t always go your way – you know that. Struggle is part of the human experience and not something you can avoid if you want to live wholeheartedly. How you deal with struggle foretells the quality of your life.

The Daring Way™

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“If we’re going to put ourselves out there and love with our whole hearts, we’re going to experience heartbreak. If we’re going to try new, innovative things, we’re going to fail. If we’re going to risk caring and engaging, we’re going to experience disappointment. It doesn’t matter if our hurt is caused by a painful breakup or we’re struggling with something smaller, like an offhand comment by a colleague or an argument with an in-law. If we can learn how to feel our way through these experiences and own our stories of struggle, we can write our own brave endings. When we own our stories, we avoid being trapped as characters in stories someone else is telling.” – Brené Brown

Skills you can learn with the Rising Strong™ process:

If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This is a course about what it takes to get back up.

Recognize when you are hooked by an emotion.
Get curious about the emotion and notice your response to it.
Observe the story you’re compelled to make up to give meaning to what is happening.
“Rumble” with the narrative to deepen self-awareness.
Live BIG with Boundaries, Integrity and Generosity.
Discover the wisdom and meaning underneath the initial “hook” and created story.
Intervene on your own behalf to write an ending that creates the kind of life and relationships you’ve always dreamed of.

The Rising Strong™ process is powerful – but nowhere near as powerful as the Rising Strong™ practice.

“All revolutions start with a new vision of what’s possible. Our vision is that we can rise from our experiences of hurt and struggle in a way that allows us to live more wholehearted lives. However, transforming the way we live, love, parent, and work requires us to act on our vision: The Rising Strong™ process is nowhere near as powerful as the Rising Strong™ practice. The revolution starts when we own and embody what lives at the heart of rising strong – the story rumble – in our everyday lives.” – Brené Brown

The Daring Way™

Sonya with Brené Brown at National Training in 2012 – Houston, Texas
(Please note, Brené will not be attending these events.)

I was able to immediately apply so many of these teachings into my daily life, which helped me overcome many of the challenges I was facing. Sonya creates a safe place to navigate these challenges and helped me find the opportunities and the meaning in those challenges. I am so very thankful for Sonya and my Rising Strong™ classmates! My life is indeed a better and happier on, in large part due to the class.


Daring Greatly™

Show Up. Be Seen. Live Brave™

How would you like to live your life and be all in?

You can capture the love, belonging, and joy that is your birthright. You can dare to live greatly, taking on challenges that run a mighty spectrum from launching a business or starting a family. You can dare to initiate a difficult conversation with a challenging family member or work colleague with an open mind and heart. You can live The Daring Way™.

It requires a willingness to live “in the arena” – to show up and be seen, with no guarantee of outcome. To be vulnerable.

We must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen. This is a course about what gets in the way of doing just that.

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“Vulnerability is not weakness and the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure we face every day are not optional. Our only choice is a question of engagement. Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose; the level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of fear and disconnection.

When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make.” – Brené Brown

Here are the discoveries that you can make in The Daring Way™ program:

What drives your fear of being vulnerable.
The ways you protect yourself from being vulnerable.
How the “never enough” problem of scarcity influences your self-worth.
The attributes of empathy.
The importance of extending compassion to yourself and others.
What shame is and what it isn’t.
Ways to move away from shame, comparison, and disengagement and towards courage, compassion, and connection.
The one thing that distinguishes people who experience love and belonging from those who do not.
Four Steps to Shame Resilience.
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About Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. Brené is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, is the author of six #1 New York Times bestsellers, and is the host of the weekly Spotify Original podcasts Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead.

Brené’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages and titles include: Atlas of the Heart, Dare to Lead, Braving the Wilderness, Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection. With Tarana Burke, she co-edited the bestselling anthology You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience.

Her TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 50 million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix. The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming serivce in April 2019.

Brené lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve. They have two children, Ellen and Charlie.

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About The Daring Way™

The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. During the process facilitators explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.

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About Rising Strong™

The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. Rising Strong™ is a book about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life.

Here’s how Brené describes the progression of her work:

The Gifts of Imperfection – Be you.
Daring Greatly – Be all in.
Rising Strong – Fall. Get up. Try again.

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