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We're human — every single one of us.  We feel happy, and sometimes, we feel smart.  Other times, we feel stupid.  We enjoy feeling loved.  We cringe when we feel hated.  For sure, we all get angry.  Some handle it better than others.  At times, in my life, I've been somewhat quick to anger.

Throughout my entire career, I've been told that I should never get angry.  I've been advised that it's a negative emotion that shouldn't enter the workplace.  However, when I look back at my biggest wins, my most impressive accomplishments have all started with the same common denominator…  I'd gotten angry.

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Channel the Anger

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by James Stewart
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Location:  Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada
 

 

We're human — every single one of us.  We feel happy, and sometimes, we feel smart.  Other times, we feel stupid.  We enjoy feeling loved.  We cringe when we feel hated.  For sure, we all get angry.  Some handle it better than others.  At times, in my life, I've been somewhat quick to anger.

Throughout my entire career, I've been told that I should never get angry.  I've been advised that it's a negative emotion that shouldn't enter the workplace.  However, when I look back at my biggest wins, my most impressive accomplishments have all started with the same common denominator…  I'd gotten angry.

I didn't let it control me.  I felt it.  I tried to identify what it was that had pushed my buttons — I went about solving that conflicting emotion.  I find that getting angry — in a controlled sense — has helped me.  I think that it may help you as well.

I don't mean for you to get aggressive.  If you get too hot, you lose focus.  Think of Sonny Corleone in the Godfather.
 

Peak performance, for me, is controlled anger and/or determination…  The, proverbial, chip on your shoulder.  Look at that chip.  Understand why it's there — what is it that has you so irked?  Spend time on that feeling…  Let it fuel you — feel it within your bones.

  • Did someone steal your idea?  Get angry.
  • Do you feel like you aren't in the right industry?  Get angry.
  • Not making enough money?  Get angry.
  • Were you fired?  Get angry.
  • Were you passed over for a promotion?  Get angry.

Now that you're angry, focus yourself on removing what's made you angry.  If you're angry due to getting fired, refocus on your job search, with a fervor that you've never brought to a job search before.  Use the anger to fuel your energy level.  Be more prepared than anyone, so that they can't pass-over you for that promotion the next time.

There have been studies where angry college students did better on exams.  Military officers are taught to create anger architecture, harnessing the energy which they create, when angered.  Getting angry, in a controlled and focused way, is used in business negotiations to intimidate.  Angry negotiators are more optimistic about said negotiation, and more often, get what they want.  Anger's about removing obstacles that are in your way.

When anger transforms into fear, and anxiety, you shut down.

The key, is shifting to a forward-leaning anger-based posture in your life and business — allowing you to act and take informed risks.  Desire's no longer restrained.  It's misleading to think that anger will cloud your judgment…  Anger narrows your focus.  Anger can lead to meaningful action and result in conflict resolution.

Dig deep — discover what's holding you back — get angry and go about changing it.

I'm, by no means, encouraging you to get into a fist-fight and/or bully someone.  I want you to find the fire within your belly — so, you may execute goal-directed behaviour.  Use the anger to push yourself harder.

Use your anger to get out of bed earlier, and work the extra ½-hour a day.  Or, use it to contact that last lead.  To follow-up, improve, and/or refocus yourself.  To evolve, grow, inspire, and/or push.

 
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Tags:  How to, Self, The Suck

 
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