The Art of Naming Your Emotions

One of the most powerful things a human can do – naming a mouse. Most people don’t realize how much power they have over their thoughts and what it means to call out the mouse:

  • How to KINDLY name your mouse.
  • Get more courage the more you name your mouse.
  • Why naming your mouse gives people the courage to do the same.

Create a safe space for people in your life to start telling you the truth.
– David Wood

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[00:00:00] David Wood: Start naming your mice. The elephant’s not the only animal in the room and the elephant is something I know about it. You know about it? No, one’s saying anything. All right. This person just came into the meeting with blood over their face and no one saying anything. Yeah, that’s an elephant, a mouse.

[00:00:18] David Wood: Maybe I see it. And you don’t see it, or, you know, maybe, I don’t know if you see it or not. Right. It’s much more subtle start naming your mice. It might be a. Hey, I notice I’m feeling defensive right now. I don’t know what that’s really about. I just wanted to name it. I notice I’m really inspired by you. It doesn’t have to be a negative mouse, really inspired by you and the way, the way you handle children, I talk about you all the time and I don’t tell you that enough, right.

[00:00:48] David Wood: Start naming. What’s going on in your brain. You can do it kindly. And there are ways to do it. I S I say to CEOs, you’re not necessarily going to go to the boardroom and say, we’re heading off a cliff. I don’t know what to do. The company’s going under. We’re losing it. You don’t have to do that. You do that with your coach.

[00:01:09] David Wood: All right. But you can go to them and say, Hey, you may be scared. If so I can relate to that. I’m scared too, but we will find a plan. We will create a way. So there are ways to start naming your mice, do it with your kids, do it with your partner, with your friends. Oh, I notice I have a desire for us to be on time for our phone calls.

[00:01:31] David Wood: Wonder how you, how do you feel about that? Right. Start naming your mice. You’re already naming some mice, then you might be naming hedgehogs or deers or antelope. Start getting more and more subtle. If you start to notice it for yourself, that’s a big win. Then there might be a way that you can just, just clue other people into what’s going in for you and for you that will that’s modeling.

[00:02:01] David Wood: That’s showing people how to do it, and you’ll be giving everyone else in your life permission to do the same to start naming. Oh, you know, I wasn’t going to say this, but you know, since you’ve been showing me how to do it, I want to say I have a desire. Would it be possible to do this? Or I want to ask for this, you can create a safe space for people in your life to start telling you the truth and you start by modeling.

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