Squirm Factor

March 23, 2010

I was in a conversation with some colleagues from a leadership training program of which I am a part. We were talking about how to figure out if something we want to do is really something we want to do? What signals are there that we are on track? What signals are there period? I’m sure it’s no news that our bodies are regularly screaming, ok, talking to us about the state of things. Insane what we can learn when we listen to that pain in our neck, or ache in our lower back, soreness in our jaw, dull ache in our stomach, etc. Sadly there are no computer programs to do the translations on them, but we might be able to figure them out with a little practice (and a Louise Hay book nearby?).
So anyway, one of us was talking about trying something new (this will be a recurring theme for me) and I asked them something like “On a scale of 1 – 10 how much does that make you squirm?” Thus, the squirm factor was born. So I think they said “Seven.” A one, two, or three would have indicated that it wasn’t too big of a deal. But this indicated to me that it was pretty up there and yep, that was their body telling them that this is striking some kind of nerve and whatever that is, it’s the place to go next! Kind of nuts, isn’t it? To go where you are squirming in either semi-fright or anxious anticipation? Or maybe it is excitement. Whatever the case, I wonder if there is something in your life that is making you squirm? Could you possibly entertain that it might be a feeling telling you something important is here? Could you maybe even stay there a little longer and entertain the thought of going exactly there and looking for the hidden nugget?

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One Response to “Squirm Factor”

  1. aMAIzing said

    Hi Jen,
    I love your squirm factor. Of course!!! No it’s not of course. It is counter intuitive to go into what makes us squirm. Isn’t that what our ego is there to do? to let us know that something is happening, and the rest of body is conditioned to protect ourselves against it, therefore, move away from that thing that makes us squirm, because our reptile brain is interpreting it as danger, danger equals bad, therefore RUN!!!!
    So I guess your message is: Don’t Run. You are on the right track. Squirm away.

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