TMHS 248: The Power Of Vulnerability And Taking Off Our Masks – With Lewis Howes
There’s a Japanese proverb that says, “You have three faces. The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are.”
This statement reflects something beautiful, chilling, and very real about how we operate as human beings. We all wear masks. And it’s not a bad thing.
We put on masks to accentuate different parts of our character. Sometimes you might put on the mask of a strong leader, while at other times you wear the mask of a humble servant. You might put on the mask of the tough guy or girl to draw a line in the sand and get your point across, while at other times you wear the mask of the vulnerability, letting your guard down to whatever life may bring.
We can pick these masks up and put them down. It’s healthy, it’s natural, and it’s embedded in how we connect. But, what happens when a mask gets stuck on? First of all, please know that you’ve definitely had this happen before! For me, I think of Jim Carrey in the movie The Mask. At first this incredible mask gives him superhuman abilities… then, over time, the mask takes over his life. He loses himself, and taking the mask off seems impossible. The danger of getting a mask stuck on is that you can forget that it’s just a mask, and it’s not all of who you are.
Today, we’re going to dive into some of the most valuable insights you’ll ever come across when it comes to your own inner psychology. New York Times bestselling author Lewis Howes is here to share the goods on how we can instantly cultivate a better relationship with ourselves, our loved ones, and the world at large. Right now is the time to see the true reflection of ourselves so that we can be empowered in our choices, confident in who we really are, and capable of change when we need it. Simply click play, listening deeply, and enjoy!
In this episode you’ll discover:
- What the most important relationship is in your life.
- Why unwarranted aggression is often a sign of a deeper problem.
- How vulnerability can open the door for real strength.
- Why you can still feel unhappy after accomplishing your biggest goals.
- How sharing your hardships and dark secrets can make people connect with you even more.
- The shocking rates that men commit homicide and suicide compared to women.
- How having an “8 Mile moment” can free you from worry about what other people think of you.
- What women can do to help the men in their life open up, connect, and have better relationships.
- What the “Stoic Mask” is and how it affects our lives.
- How our thoughts can lead to devastating illnesses.
- Why the masks we wear can actually be very helpful in our lives.
- Why we tend to identify great athletes as great men (even when that might not be the case).
- How focusing on material things can be inspiring (and how it can backfire).
- How many of our masks are fitted onto us as kids.
- Why giving and receiving affection can be tough for many people.
- How acknowledgement drives many of our decisions.
- The powerful acknowledgment exercise you can do RIGHT NOW to change lives.
Items mentioned in this episode include:
- Organifi.com ⇐ Use the coupon code model for 20% off
- The School of Greatness – With Guest Lewis Howes
- Master Your Mindset – With Guest Prince Ea
- Epigenetics & The Biology Of Belief – With Guest Dr. Bruce Lipton
- Mind Over Medicine – With Guest Dr. Lissa Rankin
- School of Greatness Podcast iTunes / Stitcher
- The Mask Of Masculinity – Get the book right here!
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