Your feelings have incredible insights into the contents of your belief system. And consequently they have a tremendous influence on you.
Tim feels broken by life. He believes that his life isn’t really ever going to amount to anything of any value. He’s constantly feeling frustrated, and considers that a negative emotion. If Tim were to look at what the feeling of frustration is really telling him, he may be wonderfully surprised.
Frustration is a signal that Tim has not hit the mark yet, but it is not a feeling of resignation, which would be telling him to give up. The feeling of frustration has a keen insight into Tim’s belief system. There is a part of him that still believes that he can make something of his life if he’s willing to look at things differently.
The next time Tim feels frustrated, I’d recommend that he pay attention to that emotion and learn what it is trying to tell him. Instead of feeling tense and confused about feeling frustrated, Tim may want to say, “Frustration – that’s great! That’s a signal that I am about to learn something of value if I’m willing to look inward and see what comes up for me. It certainly doesn’t mean the game’s over, because if that’s what it meant – I’d not feel frustrated, I’d feel broken and exterminated, which I don’t.”
What is a key emotion that guides you?
What is that emotion pointing to about you?
What is that emotion saying about those beliefs that dwell in the deep of your consciousness?
Don’t be tricked and deluded by your habitual inward self-talk; dare to explore what your emotions may be trying to reveal to you. A great blunder, made by many, is to believe that mere repetition of a positive affirmation will bring positive results. Pay more attention to your emotions, and less attention to your vain repetitions, and you may just discover what you need to know in order to take your life to the next level of success.