Feeling Too Emotional? 3 Tips to Help

Emotions have been my enemy. Emotions have thwarted my forward momentum. Emotions have stopped me cold. There are things I’ve wanted to do, goals I’ve wanted to achieve, stuff I’ve wanted to get done but did not do so because a bad mood struck and I gave in to the bad mood.

My battle: if I don’t FEEL like doing something, I don’t do it.

Emotions have colored my perception. I tend to describe my life based on my emotions of the moment.

If I feel enthusiastic, I’ll say life is great!

If I feel depressed, I’ll say life sucks.

If I feel discouraged, I’ll say what’s the use of trying, I give up…

And then I give up. I skip it. It’s just a day, —hey, I’ll loose weight tomorrow, it’s donuts for today. We’ll see how we feel tomorrow

In many ways, emotions have been my enemy. How about you? Have you been a victim of your emotions?

If Emotions rule your life, you’ll be frustrated.

Listen: You do not need to be a slave to your emotions.

Emotions can be overcome by small daily action steps. Set a goal, then plot small simple steps you could do every day whether you feel like it or not—and you will reap results. And those results will feel good.

Personal story: when I decided to explore Christianity, I wanted to know more about God. If possible, I wanted to relate with God. A wise man told me the most effective way to do this was to spend time with God every day in Bible study and prayer.

Knowing my propensity for emotions derailing plans, he set me up for success with an embarrassingly simple schedule: 10 minutes a day of scripture study, and 10 minutes a day of prayer journal.

I cannot tell you how many mornings I did not feel like ‘studying scriptures’ or journalling prayer—but I knew I could do it for 10 minutes, so I set a little timer for each activity, read scripture, opened the journal to write & pray…and by the end of my appointed session, the alarm went off, tasks completed, and I felt good!

For the past  8 years, I’ve written a 300-plus page book every year—my prayer journal— based not on ‘writing a book a year’, but on writing 10 minutes a day.

Small steps every day, over time, covers huge ground.

Do your emotions interfere with getting things done?

1. Set your goals

2. Break your goal into small, daily steps—something you KNOW you can get done today, a step so small that’s it’s almost embarrassing (You can always do more once you’ve completed your daily step—but keep the daily step small!)

3. Do your simple action step every day.

And when do you miss a day —because sooner or later you will—say ‘Daggnabbit, I missed a day’, and then forgive yourself, move on, and get today’s step done.

Do you want to have a great year?

Your great year consists of 12 great months.

Your great month consists of 4 great weeks.

Your great week consists of 6 great days (take a day off!)

To have a great year, make today a great day.

Set yourself up for success by taking one small step today toward your goal and set yourself up for success. THIS one thing I will do today! Over time, you’ll feel good about it, and even your old enemy emotions will become your friend.

Dirk Mullenger

Raised in NY, college at University of Iowa, year abroad in Paris. Tight with my wife and 4 children. Business, writer, guitarist, skier, drives a convertible. One person's hindsight is another person's foresight.

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