Today is National Newfeeling Day. It is also the first day of spring in Australia. It’s a day to face your fears and do something you have always wanted to do. Take the first step towards living your dreams.
“Life is either a daring adventure – or nothing!” ~ Helen Keller
What Is Newfeeling Day?
National Newfeeling Day Founder, Marty Wilson, used to be a stand up comic and suffered from the sensation of “butterflies” in the stomach before going on stage. He wanted to replace the negative words associated with this feeling of “being out of his comfortzone”. Words such as “scared”, “uneasy” or “feeling sick” are very disempowering. So Marty simply renamed the sensation of experiencing something new as Newfeeling.
When someone is out of their comfortzone, a primal sensation of “fight or flight” overtakes them. It’s that funny feeling in the belly that makes you uncomfortable when you experience something new. Calling it “Newfeeling”, makes it a much more empowering emotion and much less scary.
Marty Wilson tells a story of taking his young son to School on his very first day. When his son saw the School, he tensed up. Marty asked his son if he was scared and got the reply:
“No Dad. It’s just a Newfeeling!”
His son then proceeded to explain to his teacher about the Newfeeling, who in turn explained to the entire class what this was.
This ties in beautifully with topics I’ve covered in the past about using Empowering Vocabulary. It is the art of replacing negative and disempowering words with positive and empowering words. Positive vocabulary leaves you in a good mood and negative vocabulary does the opposite. Using empowering words leaves you and others in a good mood (and it will save you dome arguments too). Here are some examples:
- Frustrated – replace with Fascinated. “I am so fascinated with you today!”
- Loser – replace with Underdog. “I am an underdog.”
These 2 examples will give you the idea. Indeed, replacing a word like “frustrated” with “fascinated” will leave you with a totally New Feeling.
Marty Wilson is also on Twitter. Send him a message.
Happy Newfeeling Day!
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