The Feelings Wheel

Lisa and I recently had to put down our family cat after 18 years of coexistence. I say “coexistence” because there certainly were times the cat felt more like an intruder than a family member. But at the end of the day, when I took her in for the procedure, I found myself weeping.

Of course, I was sad. But I was also a little ashamed by the negative things I said (even recently) about her. I felt grief for my daughter, who was the original owner of the cat, knowing I would have to tell her what happened. And, I felt a little empty knowing her presence would no longer be in our home.

You see, emotions are anything but simple.

I used a free tool called The Feelings Wheel to start with that root emotion of sadness. From there, I was able to actually put a name on the complexity of the other emotions I was feeling but couldn’t quite explain until I saw the words.

Our emotions give us so much power. Naming them can help us deal with them so that peace and joy are much more within reach.

I encourage you to use it today with something you are feeling to decode what else might be happening with the story you are telling yourself.

Are you stuck in frustration?

Are you stuck in frustration? Wasting time reacting to others instead of focusing on what matters most?

The Trigger Identifier™ is a six step proven process to help you become less reactive and more strategic. Because every problem has an emotion attached to it, you can get stuck in an endless cycle of stress and drama. But when you understand your triggers, you’ll harness the power of your emotions faster and easier.