“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” Tony Robbins
Stop for a moment and think about what type of energy is driving you to put another day into your business. Would you say your motivation’s coming from a painful thought – “I better make this sale so I can make payroll”, or based a pleasurable thought, “I can’t wait to satisfy my next customer. Be honest with yourself.
Think about a time in your life when you have been profoundly moved. Was it a personal experience, or a global happening? Remember when the Berlin wall came down, or, the first photographs of earth from space? Have you ever been at a birth? When I witnessed human birth for the first time it took me days to get my feet back on the ground. What gets stirred in you when you are deeply moved or inspired by the awesome penetration of life into your awareness is emotion.
Emotion is fuel. Powerful fuel. Anyone inhabiting a human body knows this. The range and nuance of human emotion is paradoxically both vast yet quite finite. I think all emotion can be boiled down into two essential categories – pleasure or pain. And depending on what’s driving you, you either head toward or away from what you want.
Painful emotions are real, and have an enormous impact on both the quality of your life in the present and your ability to take action and create the life you want. A memory of rejection for example may continually impact your ability to step forward with confidence. All painful emotions come from the past and are usually unconscious, influencing the way you think, feel and act. Ugh.
Pleasurable emotions on the other hand are great! There’s no need to analyze why or where they come from. Pleasurable emotion is what gives birth to your inspiration and empowers you to move forward, take action and see possibility. Falling in love, witnessing triumph over desperate odds – do you remember the photograph of the Chinese student stopping a tank in Tiananmen Square? We’ve all experienced the effect that positive emotion offers bringing with it the power to move mountains.
When you get right down to it its emotion, all emotion that acts as the primary driver of your entire experience. It ultimately determines your ability to take action and succeed or stay stuck where you don’t want to be. But here is the real key.
You have a choice. If you want to move forward, be successful, achieve greatness, or simply live fully in each moment, you must learn to master and use your emotion to your advantage. Tap into a memory that produces strong positive emotion, and you will connect with the energy of possibility. Learn to attune to your inner cues and catch yourself when you are being ruled by painful emotion. Make it a habit to ask yourself throughout your day, what’s driving me right now? Pleasure or pain? Use the vast ocean of emotion to fuel your life in the direction of your dreams.
It’s YOUR life…imagine the possibilities!