We all have names, maybe nicknames and labels for things in our world.
Take fear, for example, the anticipation that something terrible is about to happen ( but our experience is that the worst does not happen as often as our imagination suggests.)
Fear has been defined by psychologists with the acronym F.E.A.R. –“ Fantasized Experience Appearing Reality”or “Forget Everything And Run”.
Unpicking the word and attaching meaning to each letter is a useful tool in understanding what is going on and can even bring new perspectives such as “it’s my imagination” or “this is the flight or fight response”.
We can use acronyms with our names to discover what our view of ourselves and the world is.
Your creative mind will throw out suggestions and you will attach meaning to them, according to your values.
As an example, let’s be earnest about this and choose the name Ernest ( as in Hemingway rather than “The importance of being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde!).
Let’s play (brainstorm your own if you want) with each letter on values in life:
E – ever-present, enthusiastic, energetic, encouraging, empathetic…..
R – resourceful, reasoning, resilient, romantic…..
N – “Never say die!”, new, non-judgemental, never-ending….
E – eclectic, electrifying, enormous, entertaining…..
S — sympathetic, supportive, sustaining, strong…
T – tenacious, tremendous, tireless, trust.
The influence of your chosen mindset has a huge influence on the words you choose for this exercise, your self-talk and the way you speak to others.
Why not try this exercise with your own name and see what it throws up?
Maybe you could try re-examining some of the negative words you use to yourself, playfully with acronyms, to dissolve their power through fun and humour.
F.A.T – Finding Alternative Treats, Fully Aware Today, Fit Athletic Toned.
S.T.U.P.I.D. – Scintillating, Thoughtful, Unique, Personable, Individual, Determined.