Stage 3 focuses on what research and literature call “post-traumatic growth.” This stage involves meaning-making and community building. It involves shifting your focus from “what happened” to a new sense of positive identity and connection. Again, Stage 3 is not linear, but layered with purpose and grief. As Brené Brown, a shame researcher and teacher, eloquently describes, self-discovery is about living a wholehearted life. After finding your own purpose and power, you have the capacity to give to other people. In Stage 3, you learn to bravely live a vulnerable, authentic life.