The Four Emotions That Can Lead to Life Change by Jim Rohn
Emotions are the most powerful forces inside us. Under the power of emotions, human beings can perform the most heroic (as well as barbaric) acts. To a great degree, civilization itself can be defined as the intelligent channeling of human emotion. Emotions are fuel and the mind is the pilot, which together propel the ship of civilized progress.
Which emotions cause people to act? There are four basic ones; each, or a combination of several, can trigger the most incredible activity. The day that you allow these emotions to fuel your desire is the day you‚Äôll turn your life around.
Yes, productive feelings of disgust come when a person says, ‚ÄúEnough is enough.‚ÄĚ
The ‚Äúguy‚ÄĚ has finally had it with mediocrity. He‚Äôs had it with those awful sick feelings of fear, pain and humiliation. He then decides he is ‚Äúnot going to live like this anymore.‚ÄĚ Look out! This could be the day that turns a life around. Call it what you will: the ‚ÄúI‚Äôve had it‚ÄĚ day, the ‚Äúnever again‚ÄĚ day, the ‚Äúenough‚Äôs enough‚ÄĚ day. Whatever you call it, it‚Äôs powerful! There is nothing so life-changing as gut-wrenching disgust!
Making life-changing decisions can be likened to internal civil war. Conflicting armies of emotions, each with its own arsenal of reasons, battle each other for supremacy of our minds. And our resulting decisions, whether bold or timid, well thought out or impulsive, can either set the course of action or blind it.
I don‚Äôt have much advice to give you about decision-making except this: Whatever you do, don‚Äôt camp at the fork in the road. Decide. It‚Äôs far better to make a wrong decision than to not make one at all. Each of us must confront our emotional turmoil and sort out our feelings.
A. It comes from the inside not the outside.
Almost anything can trigger desire. It‚Äôs a matter of timing as much as preparation. It might be a song that tugs at the heart. It might be a memorable sermon. It might be a movie, a conversation with a friend, a confrontation with the enemy, or a bitter experience. Even a book or an article such as this one can trigger the inner mechanism that will make some people say, ‚ÄúI want it now!‚ÄĚ
Therefore, while searching for your ‚Äúhot button‚ÄĚ of pure, raw desire, welcome into your life each positive experience. Don‚Äôt erect a wall to protect you from experiencing life. The same wall that keeps out your disappointment also keeps out the sunlight of enriching experiences. So let life touch you. The next touch could be the one that turns your life around.
The mountain climber says, ‚ÄúI will climb the mountain. They‚Äôve told me it‚Äôs too high, it‚Äôs too far, it‚Äôs too steep, it‚Äôs too rocky, it‚Äôs too difficult. But it‚Äôs my mountain. I will climb it. You‚Äôll soon see me waving from the top or you‚Äôll never see me, because unless I reach the peak, I‚Äôm not coming back.‚ÄĚ Who can argue with such resolve?
When confronted with such iron-will determination, I can see Time, Fate and Circumstance calling a hasty conference and deciding, ‚ÄúWe might as well let him have his dream. He‚Äôs said he‚Äôs going to get there or die trying.‚ÄĚ
The best definition for ‚Äúresolve‚ÄĚ I‚Äôve ever heard came from a schoolgirl in Foster City, California. As is my custom, I was lecturing about success to a group of bright kids at a junior high school. I asked, ‚ÄúWho can tell me what ‚Äėresolve‚Äô means?‚ÄĚ Several hands went up, and I did get some pretty good definitions. But the last was the best. A shy girl from the back of the room got up and said with quiet intensity, ‚ÄúI think resolve means promising yourself you will never give up.‚ÄĚ That‚Äôs it! That‚Äôs the best definition I‚Äôve ever heard: PROMISE YOURSELF YOU‚ÄôLL NEVER GIVE UP.
Think about it! How long should a baby try to learn how to walk? How long would you give the average baby before you say, ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs it, you‚Äôve had your chance‚ÄĚ? You say that‚Äôs crazy? Of course it is. Any mother would say, ‚ÄúMy baby is going to keep trying until he learns how to walk!‚ÄĚ No wonder everyone walks.
There is a vital lesson in this. Ask yourself, ‚ÄúHow long am I going to work to make my dreams come true?‚ÄĚ I suggest you answer, ‚ÄúAs long as it takes.‚ÄĚ That‚Äôs what these four emotions are all about.
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