4 Good Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Emotions in Check…

Our emotions are God given.  And in most cases, how we feel about something can be justified in some way.  But all too often, most of us find ourselves at one end of the spectrum or the other when it comes to the level of our emotions.  There are few things here on earth that are as volatile as our emotions.  How many times have you found yourself completely furious about a matter only to find out later that you blew it out of proportion?

Human feelings at their core are subject to change without a moments notice when our circumstances change.  This is very dangerous.  Why?  Because this is the breeding ground for making permanent decisions for temporary situations!  Yes, you made the choice based on how you felt at that moment.  But then after some time goes by you begin to see it differently.  But the choice has already been made so you are then left to deal with it.  Sometimes you are left to deal with it for a life time…

Your feelings are not absolute!  They should never be a basis for making decisions, especially decisions with long-term implications.  So why is it important to keep your emotions in check?

It helps you look at the situation on a broader scale

You can’t see the picture if you are inside the frame!  Have you ever noticed how easy it is for us to give good advice concerning other people’s situation but when we find our self in a similar fix, we cant seem to figure it out?  That’s because when we look at someone else’s situation we are separated from the emotions they feel by being in it.  These emotions cloud your rationale.  It’s important that you only deal with what is factual in a situation so that you can see the BIG PICTURE!

It keeps you from jumping the gun

“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart.” 1 Cor. 4:5 NIV  

How many times have we assumed incorrectly about someone or something all because we simply didn’t take the time to get clarity on what was what from the beginning?  Going off of your emotions and making assumptions based on them can make you look silly in the end.  We have to get out of the habit of immediately asking ourselves “how do I feel about this?”  Why should we eliminate that thought pattern?  Because our feelings are not facts! Some of the better questions to first ask ourselves are the following:

What do I know about this?

Do I believe this?

Do I accept this?

It keeps you from getting yourself into situations that you will totally regret later

Overspending, overeating, and plain old overdoing it are all emotionally driven activities.  Shopping sprees and eating binges, even those that are celebratory, do very little for you once the fanfare is over!  You’re often just deeper in debt and a few pounds heavier once the smoke clears.  Our heart is the seat of our emotions.  That’s why Solomon urges us in Proverbs 4:23 to “guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

It keeps you from ruining your health

Staying high-strung about every little thing we encounter can bring on some serious health problems.  Stress and high emotions lead us to often believe that everything is a state of emergency!  Stress is a catalyst for strokes, high blood pressure and ailments of the sort.  Staying under high amounts of stress and anxiety lower the body’s ability to fight off disease and it’s a leading cause of sleep deprivation.  Through discipline of our emotions we can begin to manage our emotions (and our life) before they start to manage us!

“Strive to live in FAITH– not your feelings…” – Me

Question:  What steps can you take to avoid an emotionally driven life?  Share your steps in the comments below!

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Rachel Proctor is a productivity coach for multi-passionate entrepreneurs who struggle with taking their business ideas from the starting block to across the finish line. Through her inspiring blog posts + videos, on-demand training products and one-on-one coaching, she’s here to challenge you to take purpose-driven risks and shake up your approach to goal setting. She will show you how to turn your ideas + passions into purposeful actions to create a business that will change the world - while making every step seem effortless! And when she’s not coaching, you can find her indulging in (and highlighting) the latest John Maxwell book, watching anything on Food Network or shopping for fabulous shoes. Meet Rachel and get ready to turn your passions into to a business that will change the world at www.RachelLProctor.com.