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#0014 Take out the EMOTION but PLEASE don’t loose the PASSION

Do you get emotional when things don’t quite work out for you?

Do you get upset if a client leaves you?

Do you take it personally when someone has a negative comment about your business?

Well, you are not alone. The problem is, too many decisions are made based on the emotion rather than making logical Business decisions.

“But my emotions are part of my passion”

I hear you say. Well yah, but if you let it over-ride logic you could be doing yourself and your business harm.

So what should you do?

Here are a few tips on how to control the emotion without dowsing the passion:

  1. Take a deep breath when you feel the emotions coming through and take a moment before you blurt out your response. A few extra seconds thought might just stop you from saying something you might regret later.
  2. Ask yourself a this question before you make any decision. Is this an emotional reaction or a considered action?
  3. Think to yourself, if I was presenting my decision to a board of Directors, would they agree with me or would they throw out my request because I hadn’t thought it through.
  4. When responding to someones comments or actions, if you can feel yourself getting emotional, if possible, stop and think through what you are about to say. Even delay responding until you have time to think it through.
  5. If you are responding to an email, I always write the email with all the emotion in it and get everything I want to say off my chest (being very careful not to send it) Then I delete that one and then re-write my email as a professional business person.

What do you do to control your emotions or do you just let it all out?
Leave me a comment and let me know.

1 Comment

  1. If possible postpone your comments or reactions to the next day.(An African proverb says, Let your pillow talk to you)
    Donald.

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