Negative emotions and success don’t belong on the same team. In this post, you’ll get to know the negative emotions and how to erase them so that your goal can be a success.
The reason why you do what you do now is because at the end, you want to be successful and happy. But do you have the right state of mind to achieve this? If success and happiness are your ultimate goals, then negative emotions should be your greatest enemies. Negative emotions hold you down and remove all the joy that was once present in your life.
To be truly happy and successful, your most important goal should be to free yourself from these emotions. I must tell you, it’s not easy but it’s possible if you learn how.
The negative emotions of fear, jealousy, hatred, revenge, greed, superstition and anger don’t just occur on their own. They are caused by four factors, some of which most of us are guilty of. These emotions stop the moment you eliminate these four factors. Let’s see a few of these factors.
1. Rationalizing and Making Excuses
This is simply defending an unacceptable action with an acceptable explanation. It’s like trying to make an ugly duckling look like a swan. You create an explanation that sounds good even when your action was the direct opposite. This act keeps your negative emotions alive. The antidote for this factor is to refuse to rationalize and stop making excuses for your actions.
You’ll realize that almost everything you do is to earn the respect of others or to avoid losing their respect. As a result of this, you end up being too concerned about the way people treat you. For some, their whole self-image is determined by the way other people interact with them. They base their value and self-worth on the opinions of others. If those opinions are negative, the negative emotions come into action. Whenever you begin to feel inferior or depressed, realize that this is the cause and learn to rise above the opinions of others about you. Start developing your own personal value and self image.
3. Justifying Your Feelings
Justifying that you are entitled to feel a particular way can make you negative. For example, you get failed for a test which you put a lot of effort into. Thereafter, you become angry with the examiner and you justify your anger by describing all the reasons why you shouldn’t have failed. You even go as far as taking the matter up with higher authorities. As long as you do this, your negative emotions take control of you. The moment you say, “Well, I’ve failed this test but I’m not the first one to fail it. I’d better start preparing so I can pass the next one,” your emotions disappear and are replaced with positive emotions that keep you focused on the goal. You become more effective once you stop justifying.
From now on, refuse to justify your actions or make excuses. Apologizing for a mistake makes things a whole lot better. Every time you blame someone or rationalize, you trigger negative emotions which don’t affect the other person but you. You give that person power over your emotions, leaving you angry inside. If success is still your goal and this is not what you want, then I guess the answer is quite simple. Just don’t do it.
In my next post, you’ll get to know the best way to get rid of negative emotions.
How else do you think we can get rid of negative emotions? I’d like to hear your views in the comments.
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