Hey Beacons, it’s Michal Spiegelman, welcome to our summer special weekly Upshift Vlog. Today, we’re going to talk about shifting from anxiety to excitement, but let me tell you first about shifting. As Beacons, we are responsible to keep showing up daily as a source of light. It is our sacred responsibility. When we disconnect and downshift, we really want to honor where we are—so, if we’re in a negative place, to allow ourselves to feel the feelings when we’re there but not to stay there for too long. To upshift.
Once we downshift automatically, we don’t want to stay there for too long. We want to intentionally upshift. That’s how we serve.
We’re going to talk about shifting from anxiety to excitement. When we are anxious, we feel tense. We might sweat. We might breathe rapidly. Our heartbeat might increase. We become hyper. It’s actually the same sensations as when we’re excited.
What’s the difference between anxiety and excitement? The difference is in the interpretation.
When we label the feeling as positive, we feel excited. When we label the feeling as negative, we feel anxious.
The next time when you feel anxious, try this: pause and reframe. Tell yourself that it’s actually excitement that you feel. Reframe and shift. If you have done some personal growth work, it should be very easy and quick for you in the moment to upshift just by pausing and saying, “Hey, it’s actually the same feeling. Maybe I’m not anxious, I’m just excited.” You can really just shift in the moment.
For example, one of the women in my Beacons of Change Inner Circle Sisterhood shared in one of our calls how she’s anxious and feeling stuck and afraid to move forward with her plan to launch a new business.
We had a conversation about the similarities between feeling anxious and excited and, in the next few weeks after having this realization, she was able to move to massive action and to get unstuck just because she was really reframing and shifting from anxiety to excitement. She has done the work.
By the way, if you would like to be part of my sisterhood, where we meet every week, we learn new ideas, and we experience new ways to upshift—and I’m always there to support our Beacons—then great. Join the sisterhood here.
If you don’t have a lot of experience doing the inner work and doing the personal growth work, it might take more practice and more work for you to shift, so here’s what I want you to do. Next time when you get anxious, pause. Take a paper and a pen and start writing the thought, what’s the negative voice inside you? What does it say? What creates the feeling of anxiousness? When you get to the core of the thought, really to what created the anxiousness, then stop. First of all, celebrate the fact that you got this awareness, and then reframe.
Reframe by creating a more supportive thought. Simply ask yourself, “What’s a more supportive thought that I can create right now?” By creating this more positive and supportive thought, you can then shift from feeling anxious to feeling excited.
One thing that I want you to know is that just because the downshift was long and painful doesn’t mean that the upshift will be the same. Anxiousness and excitement feel the same in our body. Shifting from one to another might be easier than you think.
Remember that while the downshift is done automatically, you do possess the power to upshift intentionally. I am always here to help you, so drop me a note if you need support with that. This week, really be intentional about shifting from anxiety to excitement. Write it down on a sticky note and hang it in your space so you will have a visual reminding you to shift from anxiety to excitement. Have fun in the process. Thank you for being here, and I hope to see you next time.