In my early professional days I learned a valuable lesson: great feeling or state of mind does not guarantee great results. However what the great feeling does help, is to produce the action that is prerequisite for the results.
Therefore, learning to change the negative into positive emotions, into a great feeling is really useful skill that will in the long run alter the odds to your favor.
Another thing I learned about feelings such as anguish and anxiety is that we are not really our emotions. We can create our emotional life, but we are not what we are feeling at the moment. If emotions are the wind, then we must learn to sail with that wind, to alter and use them to get where we need to be.
Greatest tool, to discover and tame the emotional root causes I’ve so far stumbled upon is stillness called meditation. Second greatest is journaling and writing, which allows to let loose the emotions in non destructive way. Also talking about them can help.
Often I’ve found great creativity bursts after talking about anxieties, because it somehow helps to relax and asses them more objectively and thus also come to a solutions through that point of view.
Emotions are part of us, we are not our emotions. To conclude, here is something that Nelson Mandela found to keep him going, and something that pop onto my mind while trying to scrape together thoughts after a long day.
Enjoy Invictus poem by WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.