Emotions Are Your Enemy


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Many problems are self-made.

And most of those self-made problems have one common source – out of control emotions.

Recently, there was a national media piece about a 35 year old man who was asked by a father outside a 7-11 to not smoke around his children. The man flew into a rage, got into his car and proceeded to drive the car into the family, killing the mother.

Uncontrolled anger was to blame.

Then there are the familiar stories in which a husband or wife catches their spouse in the act of cheating on them and assaults one or both of the cheaters.

Uncontrolled jealousy was to blame.

Becoming a master of your emotions is critical to success in life. When you allow your emotions to take control of your mind, you essentially shut down your prefrontal cortex, the executive command and control center of the brain – you stop thinking!

When emotions take control, your thinking becomes impaired and this results in bad decisions. Sometimes those decisions can affect you the rest of your life.

Never act on emotions. The simple formula to diffusing emotions is as follows:


During highly emotional events, this formula is a life saver.

The most successful people understand that emotions are your enemy. They need to be reeled in and controlled. Emotions are like a wild dog, they need to be on a short leash.

Rich Habit #10: I Will Control My Thoughts and Emotions Every Day.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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