As I said in my last post, it takes a lot of ENERGY to own your power – to express your life’s journey with confidence – to brag.
Know what else takes a lot of energy? Creative expression. It takes time and effort to sit down and draw, to get up and dance.
But creative expression also GIVES a lot of energy. You sit down to draw and suddenly, hours have gone by and you’ve been wholly absorbed in the colors and lines and shapes of what you are creating, and your brain is sparking. You spend an hour dancing like crazy and you end up working out harder than if you’d gone to the gym, but you feel like you could keep going for hours.
Bragging works that way too: it takes energy to stand up and say, this is my story, this is my strength, here I am. But when you do it, you feel the energy flooding in. This is who I am. BOOM. YES. This is who I am.
This is why I encourage you to practice bragging – because you can feel the effects right away.
Here is a super quick and easy way to practice right now – bragging mad libs! Fill in the blank and see what comes up for you.
I like to write down the first thing that comes to mind, even if it doesn’t make sense.
Because if I stop to think, I’ll get stuck and my trolls will want to get in on the action, and then I’ll start wanting to get it right, and then there’s no hope. You can’t brag if you’re trying to be perfect.
Though (as with most things) the opposite is also true: you could also sit with this, testing it out, seeing what comes to you over time.
If you want, make up your own mad libs! I take inspiration from the king, Muhammad Ali, and also from musical divas, country queens and classic rock gods. Here are some lines you could play with:
I’m so mean I make medicine sick
I’m so fast I can turn out the light and be in bed before it’s dark
Here I am, rock me like a hurricane
I’m a loser baby so why don’t you kill me
I was born a coal miner’s daughter, in a cabin on a hill in butcher’s holler
I’m the sister of a hellraiser, the daughter of an old tomcat, I was playin’ the piano in a honky-tonk before you bragged about that (I just heard an interview with rock and roller Linda Gail Lewis which is where I heard that line!)
So easy to turn them into fill-in-the-blank brags:
I’m so ___________ I make ________ __________
I’m so _______ I can _______ and ________ before it’s _________
Here I am, rock me like a ___________
I’m a ________ baby so why don’t you _____________
I was born a _______, in a ________ on a ________ in _________
I’m the sister of a _________, the daughter of a _________, I was _________ before you bragged about that
Try it! Jot some things down, and why not: speak them out loud.
WOO HOO! Do you feel a rush? Do you feel a thrill? That’s your power, baby.