Put Your Strong Emotions To Work
Somehow emotions got a bad reputation in the business world but, by the very definition of the word, emotion is a powerful part of our humanity and can actually be very productive—if used properly. Here are a few to get you started:
Happiness, Joy & Elation: If you are feeling great, have just closed a huge deal, or sold your house in a bidding war, the key word here is MOMENTUM. Use that happiness to make calls, try for that big client, or write that presentation you have been stalling on. You can conjure up the joy for celebration part later—for now, let the natural momentum of your success carry you into uncharted territory. Don’t waste the positive buzz on little stuff—shoot big and keep going while you have the positive energy.
Anger, Frustration & Annoyance: If you are really mad, then it might be time to clean your office, organize the file room, or even clean out the nasty microwave in the break room. Anger often comes from a feeling of lack of control over a situation, so take some control over objects (no throwing) and see how you feel in two hours. Don’t reply to emails, make sales calls, or have “that talk” with your boss or spouse.
e·mo·tion (n) a mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling: the emotions of joy, sorrow, reverence, hate, and love.