Last weekend, we had a free teleseminar show in the SWS Virtual Studio called "Getting UNStuck." It was co-hosted by me and my good friend Borino, and was about, among other things, regaining your mood and your mojo when this business threatens to get you down. Fun stuff (actually, it was).
During the show, Borino asked for a volunteer from the audience to help him demonstrate a little exercise to help you reset your mood when it's not what it needs to be. Basically, he put our lovely volunteer (thank you Camille!) into a funk by asking her to recall a recent event that got her down.
He then snapped her out of her funk by abruptly changing the subject and then asking her to recall a recent event that made her happy. She was instructed to take herself back to that moment when she was feeling the happiness - how it felt, sounded, smelled, looked, etc. When she was "there" he asked her to express her happiness in some physical way - for example... the soccer player's arms-in-the-air dance, Tiger Woods' fist pump - anything physical that felt natural to her.
Camille confirmed (and we in the audience could hear it in her voice) that her mood improved dramatically and immediately.
Borino explained that the point of the exercise was to help find a physical "anchor" that you can call upon when you're feeling down. As I understand it (and please correct me if I'm not getting this quite right), DOING that natural physical expression of happiness when you aren't happy and energized can actually reset your mood so that you ARE happy and energized again.
I, quite cleverly, referred to this physical expression of happiness as your Happy Dance.
Anyway, we in the audience were instructed to do the Happy Dance exercise along with Camille. I, being a co-host and all, declined to participate since obviously I have it all together and don't need such (as Borino calls it) "airy-fairy" techniques ;-]
Well, Sunday morning I was feelin' kinda down. My stomach hurt, my fun plans for the day were threatened and I was behind on a project I really needed to have finished already. BLAH. So, while in the shower deciding whether or not to shave my legs (I didn't), I decided to give this airy-fairy stuff a try. I did my own little Happy Dance right there in the shower.
Wow. Wow. Holy Moly.
I got a rush of energy I didn't imagine I had in me. Got out of the shower, turned up the stereo full blast, continued dancing around the house getting ready for my wonderful, fabulous and productive day, scribbled down some ideas for articles and blogs, hugged the dogs, noticed my stomach didn't hurt anymore and headed out the door to begin my wonderful, fabulous and productive day.
And a wonderful, fabulous, productive day it was.
Do you have a Happy Dance? Okay... 1, 2, 3, GO!
How do you feel now?
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