In the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about the courage it takes to step out, take risks, and put ourselves out there. Even though I know how important this is for growth, in business, and for life – I still find it tricky, scary, and challenging at times.
I also realize it’s one thing to talk about putting myself out there and another thing to actually do it. With the launch of my new website and the announcement I made last week about my forthcoming book, Bring Your Whole Self to Work, being available for pre-order, I’ve been feeling both excited and scared.

Putting ourselves out there requires us to embrace vulnerability. I love Brene Brown’s definition of vulnerability, “Risk, Emotional Exposure, and Uncertainty.” I can’t think of anything meaningful or important that I’ve ever experienced or accomplished in my life (personally or professionally), that didn’t require risk, emotional exposure, or uncertainty. Can you?

This week I recorded my first video blog post in a few years: In the video I talk about some of the challenges involved in taking risks and remind you that it’s okay to feel scared when you step out…it’s all part of the process. This being human thing can be a trip, eh?

Be gentle and kind with yourself wherever you are in the “putting-yourself-out-there” process right now. It’s not always easy or fun in the moment, but you have more than enough courage and support to do it. And, whatever happens, you’ll grow, learn, and change in positive ways in the process.

How are you currently feeling about taking risks and putting yourself out there? What things do you do to move through your fear or resistance? What support do you need? Feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, comments, and questions directly on my blog post at

Author's Bio: 

Mike Robbins is the author of four books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, and Nothing Changes Until You Do, which have been translated into 14 different languages. His next book, Bring Your Whole Self to Work, comes out May 1st. He’s a sought-after thought leader who delivers keynotes and seminars for some of the top organizations in the world.