Today I had a three-hour conversation with the Incredible Carrie Merz, a member of my Accomplishment Coaching team. She shared a lot of wisdom from her work with Landmark Education. There were a lot of feelings in this conversation and what it boiled down to was communicating what’s going on in your brain to other people.
I believe the phrase she used, inspired by a Landmark distinction, was:
YOU KEEP THINGS IN YOUR HEAD,
AND NOTHING HAPPENS.
Good gracious, truer words never spoken. Oh, the power of self-expression! Whether that is letting it out in a two-hour brain-dump conversation over the phone, journaling about it, getting some exercise, crafting, talking to your Ugly Doll, or Pikachu-ing out (an anger-releasing technique I developed in the last year), you are not serving anyone by keeping stuff locked in your brain.
If we’re talking emotions, you may start to notice the power of feeling all of your feelings. You may start to notice that complaints or seeming rock-and-a-hard-place situations actually become accommodated by the people who seem to be causing them! Maybe you start finding the physical weight that we give to our worries. And maybe it starts evaporating.
Not only does “it” become weightless and powerless once it’s released, but it’s a really cool way to start practicing PUTTING YOUR IDEAS INTO THE ETHER. Who knows what could happen to one small idea? Stop bottling up your genius! Let it all out!
So, World. My, my, I do declare: the next month, I will practice blurting what’s true for me.
I will let you know how it goes. Something tells me it is going to be messy.