Awesome! is the word of the century. I didn’t always think this way, but when I met Mr Awesome himself, I changed my mind.
I used to think people overused the word, but 6 months ago, Nikolaj (Nik) came to stay with us from Sweden …
Nik said “Awesome” roughly every 10th sentence which is a lot by any measure. Initially, I found this difficult to take because I felt that here was a young guy who couldn’t speak properly and didn’t have a clue. However, I quickly adjusted and we ended up calling him “Mr Awesome” because it felt right.
- Massive enthusiasm for things that I would call “good”
- Massive enthusiasm for the bad- “That is so horrible, it’s awesome”
- Deep interest in the small – “There’s awesomeness in this teacup” (Tea-Leaf Paradox)
- Continual generosity – “I feel awesome now the kitchen’s done”
- Appreciation of people – “You’re awe-some”
- Appreciation of self – “It must be because I’m awesome”
Awesome falls into the same group or words and concepts as thank you, respect, and love. You simply can’t have enough.
Last week, I attended a talk by Dr Demartini. Demartini didn’t mention awesomeness, but spoke about gratitude and love. I realized that I had allowed my experiences (strictly speaking my perception of my experiences) to condition my thoughts about awesome and gratitude which is why I had felt uncomfortable with Nik using awesome so freely and hardly used it at all myself.
I had conditioned myself to believe that awesomeness was a scale, but actually, it is the alignment and simple fact of what is NOW for you in the present moment big or small, good or bad and everywhere in between. It is about being grateful for every second which is on your path just because you are still on your path!
I can see now that Nik was the personification of awesome. He lives a complete and consistent story – literally his story in the present moment and every second of the day. This is the best way to live.
4 Reasons why the word Awesome is so powerful
People around the world are realizing that they have more and more control over their lives and the main reason for life is to live it – I mean live it awesomely!!!
Reason #2 – We live in an emotional world of duality with one thing that unites the lot:
- Love <–> Hate
- Good <–> Bad
- Happy <–> Sad
- Optimism <–> Pessimism
- Fear <–> Courage
… but awesome is all-encompassing and uniting
The word Awesome is emotion, but it is both centered and at the extremes. In other words, it is all encompassing. It is awesome passion for the awesomely calm with no conflict in terms or meaning.
It’s infinity, it’s singularity.
Reason #3 – Gratitude
“That’s awesome”, when said from heart, is a true way of saying “Thank you”. When simply said alone these are two of the most powerful word pairs on the planet. You can say them with heart and have people feel it physically.
Reason #4 – Other words just don’t cut it.
Numinous (definition – the feeling of awe and attraction) used to be one of my favorite words, but it is more about calm and there’s a word for more Numinous than Numinous …. ”Awesome” is about energy, generosity, gratitude and importantly youth …
Exercise #1 – Practicing Grattitude
WHY: If you say something like, “Thank you-You too”, it is like returning a serve. This reduces your ability to receive the complement and really know in yourself that you are appreciated. Returning the complement also reduces the experience of gratitude that the giver feels because you have put yourself at an equal level. Gratitude is about giving and receiving but less about exchanging. Sometimes it’s hard to do. Try just saying “That’s Awesome” (or “Thank you”) next time someone tells you “I love you”! You can of course express how you feel, but try expressing it a little later just for the experience.
Exercise #2 – How to create your Awesome story for other people
Step 1: Have a think about one of your great qualities like generosity, intelligence, humor, energy, caring, etc
Step 2: Think of a time when you demonstrated one of your strengths
Step 3: Now tell a short story (1-2 minutes) describing the event.
Do it now. Say it out loud to yourself and practice it 3 times. If you are stuck for ideas, just use the STAR Model and remember to keep it short.
This is a great exercise for the car. You can practice your story aloud and listen to how it sounds. Telling it well will change your life and the lives of those around you.
An affirmation using voice gradient
Say the following while being aware of each moment and how each moment of pleasure exists only because it is surrounded by moments of pain as well as nothing because our lives are a string of connected moments.
I have an awesome life.
I have an AWESOME life !
I have an AWESOME LIFE !!!
I HAVE AN AWESOME LIFE !!! !!! !!!
Note: if you are interested in gradient, you might like this post where I mentioned- Using the Star model for interviews
*** UPDATE: I just read Siddhartha By Herman Hesse and he mentioned “Om” as meaning completeness or oneness. It struck me how similar this is to my discussion above, and if you say it right, you can say …
Perhaps there is a language link there too.
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