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  • Writer's pictureJustin Tilghman, Ph.D.

Embracing Vulnerability as Strength: A Path to Authentic Growth

Embracing vulnerability is a cornerstone of true strength and authenticity. Vulnerability is often misunderstood as a weakness, a notion to be dispelled in favor of protection and self-preservation. However, redefining vulnerability as a formidable asset opens us up to a world of innovation, creativity, and transformative change.

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Embracing Vulnerability: The Path to Authenticity

Vulnerability is the courage to be our true selves, to allow ourselves to be seen—truly seen—by others, without knowing how they will respond. It's about sharing our thoughts, feelings, and desires openly. This notion of being vulnerable is not just a contemporary idea but is deeply rooted in faith and the understanding that we are fully seen and accepted by God for who we are.

The Power of Vulnerability

Vulnerability is powerful; it dismantles the walls we've built around ourselves, inviting others in, and building trust. It fosters a level of connection deeper than superficial interactions, which are all too common in today's world. By sharing our struggles and vulnerabilities, we discover we're not alone in our journey, creating a safe space for others to share and connect on a deeper level.

Growth Through Vulnerability

Opening up to vulnerability paves the way for personal growth. It makes us receptive to feedback, new experiences, and the inherent risks of failure—all of which are essential for development. Embracing vulnerability requires a certain level of self-awareness and courage, leading those who do so down a path of rapid personal development.

Practical Steps Toward Vulnerability

So, how can we incorporate vulnerability into our lives? It starts with small, intentional steps:

  • sharing more about ourselves with someone we trust,

  • asking for help when needed, and

  • expressing our feelings honestly.

Vulnerability is a practice, not a one-time act. The more we open up, the easier it becomes, and the more connected and fulfilled we feel.

The Assurance of Acceptance

For those of us in Christ, embracing vulnerability is underpinned by the ultimate acceptance by the Father. This divine acceptance gives us the strength to be open and vulnerable with others, knowing that our worth is not determined by how our openness is received.

Embracing vulnerability is about living wholeheartedly, choosing courage over comfort, and connection over isolation. As we close this discussion, we encourage you to take a small step toward vulnerability this week. Share something that matters to you and observe the transformation in your relationships and personal growth. Vulnerability, it turns out, might just be the key to unlocking levels of growth and connection you've never experienced before.


Dr. Justin Tilghman is a board-certified life and master mental health coach and certified NeuroMindfuless® Practitioner who specializes in helping clients live purposeful, meaningful, fulfilling, and balanced lives that make the most of their God-given potential. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate.


Justin is a Board Certified Advanced Life Coach with the Board of Christian Life Coaching, a division of the International Board of Christian Care and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has demonstrated knowledge and application of biblical integration in coaching, the ICCA and ICF Core Competencies, the Code of Ethics, and the ICF definition of coaching.


Justin is a Board Certified Master Mental Health Coach with the Board of Mental Health Coaching, a division of the International Board of Christian Care and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has demonstrated knowledge and application of biblical integration in providing ethical and competent mental health coaching.

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