Exercising the Emotions I
Everywhere I go I have no problem locating information, data, and evidence that people need to work out to get healthy and fit. There are gyms at every school and just about in every borough and hamlet in the countryside. There are also food centers, books galore, and classes shouting about what we need to eat to be our healthiest and in good form.
I am here to tell you that in the last 6 to 8 books I have read and reviewed the authors have all made mention of one of our greatest weaknesses and that is what we need to “muscle” up to keep us all healthy.
We have been working so hard at being rational and in control we have not being using or practicing our emotions and thus we are flaunting our emotional weakness all around the middle.
I am offering up an exercise routine for emotions this week. I am going to promote a couple of Challenges for you to test your fitness knowledge and I am going to start right now:
The first challenge is centered about just finding and using words which emphasize the feelings we might use when our needs are NOT being fulfilled.
The average college graduate uses about 16 different words to describe emotions within this category. I recognize that there are many of us who are trained to not talk about our emotions at all, but even football players only use a few of these words with the sportscasters when they lose a game and we have so many more available to us when we work out and exercise.
I am going to give you a list of 50 words and the first part of the challenge is for you #1 to think about how these words are different and #2 how you would use them to your advantage. This will stimulate some new vocabulary and some new brain synapse pathways – see flexing those thinking muscles already.
Afraid angry annoyed agitated
Bored bitter bad beaten
Brokenhearted confused cold cross
Depressed discouraged despair disgruntled
Distressed disturbed displeased dread
Embarrassed exhausted edgy embittered
Fatigued fearful fidgety furious
Frustrated grief guilty gloomy
Hate heavy helpless hesitant
Horrified hurt hot impatient
Indifferent insecure insensitive irritated
Jealous lassitude let-down lethargy
Mad mean miserable overwhelmed
Perplexed provoked pessimistic reluctant
#3 Now I would like you to add 10 more words to the list of emotions where needs are not being fulfilled and finally #4 I would suggest that you use at least 20 of these words in your speaking, sharing, and writing in the next week. Practice.
Use ‘em or lose ‘em!
Our drivers within our gut and that work with our egos are the primary users of these emotions as they are about protecting ourselves, safety and preservation. To be able to use these emotions fluently will give us the edge on any playing field, our office cubicle, or battle ground we encounter.
Please share your 10 words in the comments section and let me know how your workout is progressing!
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