When you use the Radical Forgiveness worksheet it takes you through the 5 Stages of Radical Forgiveness so you can shift the energy that is stuck in your body and transform it into a new story (the reframe).
When we use a worksheet we have to start from the beginning of the story where we are the victim and the person we are forgiving is the perpetrator (Stage 1 – Telling the Story).
If you are generally a nice person who doesn’t express how you really feel to others very often this can be challenging.
If you were brought up to think that it’s not acceptable to express your feelings this can also block you from confronting.
Even more challenging is when you have the knowledge, are the observer in your life and know exactly when you are in victim mode and you want to get out as fast as you can!
I personally found the confrontation difficult and awkward because I fall into all three of the above categories.
Once I started doing the worksheets regularly I began to feel better for expressing what I was really thinking but didn’t want to acknowledge to myself.
The worksheet gets me to ‘go there’ and realize I was denying my thoughts and feelings around the situation for the fear of being wrong, judged and rejected.
When I do the confrontation in a worksheet I can say what I really want to say instead of what I think I ‘should’ say. It now feels really good to get what is inside of me outside of me.
I feel empowered to speak my truth out loud, even though it’s on a piece of paper and spoken for only me to hear.
When I get to confront the perpetrator and let it rip it’s a huge relief and I haven’t even got to the end of the worksheet yet!
AND I don’t have to have an argument with them because I didn’t actually say it to them.
I find the people I want to forgive most in my life are the ones I love the most so confronting and starting arguments isn’t to anyone’s benefit…. but if I don’t say what’s on my mind, my feelings in the moment of feeling victimized, they stay within me and I stay a victim!
When I started working with a Radical Living Coach I was able to speak my confrontation and feelings to her and she was able to catch key phrases or words that were clues to what was really going on underneath it all that I didn’t see. …..even though I am a coach too.
So I should know this stuff right?
You’ve heard the phrase before, we can’t read the label when we are inside the bottle.
Meaning, I am too close to see what I need to see. Coaches need coaches too and must be doing their own work to authentically be a good coach!
So where does chocolate come in to the equation?
Well once I’ve done a worksheet and re-framed it into a new story (because it’s mostly stories we made up with some facts buried deep inside) I celebrate myself with some nice 85% Dark Chocolate for having the courage to face and acknowledge my feelings!
It’s very important to reward ourselves for having the courage to do this hard work. Facing our truth and our own B.S. we tell ourselves to keep us safe and small is not easy or comfortable! But it is how you start making the shifts you want.
Do you reward yourself for your courageous acts? Do you acknowledge your real feelings and get them outside of you so they don’t turn toxic on the inside?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying rewarding yourself with something that is not good for you but a small treat to say ‘YES, you did it, you survived and you are awesome!’ is what will give you the courage to do it again and take other actions steps in the direction you want to go!
If you would like to get real with yourself and make some life-changing energy shifts by working with me I invite you to see what that looks like by going through my free workbook: Re-Write Your Victim Story and Learn How Radical Forgiveness Can Rock Your World!
Once you have some insight from the workbook we can set up a time to have a Clarity Call about what you discovered and where you can go from here with my guidance and support.
Until then here’s to the finer things in life….owning your feelings and dark chocolate!!