Don’t listen to your gut!

You set a goal.

“I will not eat out today.”

You wake up, you make yourself a nice healthy breakfast, and you progress through your day.

It is now 5PM and you are pretty proud that you made it this far.

Then your feelings kick in.

“GET THE TACO BELL”

Your mind will justify the crave.

“The quesaritto is only $3 and I can get a decent amount of protein from it.”

You will call up all your friends and ask who would like to get Taco Bell and use that as an excuse to go get it.

Stop. This is your gut telling you to do something. Logic fueled by emotions.

What are emotions?

Emotions are our response to certain situations. We have different emotions that we use as default to cope. They are a quick “life hack” for the body.

While they are a default or a “gut” response, they may not be the most logical or beneficial.

They put you in a mental state that you are not used to executing in. We act differently under the influence of emotions.

Similar to being drunk or high.

Anger makes you more aggressive. Sadness makes you more defensive.

Decision making should not happen during these mental states.

Emotions are not indicators of reality

We usually confuse emotions as truths.

Depression is not a disease, it is a mental state. It is a response to the situations in your life. Instead of taking control and addressing your issues, you decided to be passive and not be offensive.

Your emotion exists because of the inability to cope or deal with a situation; however, it is NOT part of the situation itself.

I have gone through depression myself, you can read about it here:

How to deal with emotions?

9 times out of 10 hasty anger provoked conflict. The emotions that come with anger do not lead towards a solution.

When parents yell at their kids “GO TO YOUR ROOM”.

Although it may not be the best way to say it, it is for them.

They want to distance away from the emotion before they deal with the situation. However, the child’s response will also affect the situation (which is also fueled by emotion).

How most deal with emotions

  1. Emotion presents itself
  2. Action based on reacting to the emotion
  3. Realization of wrong response
  4. Try to fix/mend the situation

The reactionary action may cause harm to someone else or cause hard to reverse consequences.

The ideal

  1. Understand what emotion is present.
  2. Understand the situation.
  3. Ask yourself: why does this emotion exist? Identify the core issue.
  4. Proceed with a more logical solution

Personal Example

Situation: Too tired to show up to the gym.

How most deal with this emotion

  1. Too tired
  2. Decide to sleep in more
  3. More sleep did not help my “tiredness”. Missed my workout.
  4. My work out schedule is messed up. Broke a habit. Next day will be even harder to show up. Cycle of no action.

The ideal

  1. I am tired because I just woke up and have not left my bed. I will get up and see how I feel.
  2. The gym requires energy that I am not motivated to use.
  3. The emotion exists because I want to justify not going.
  4. If still PHYSICALLY tired, I will do lighter workouts. Otherwise, continue routine.

Do not let emotions dictate your life. They usually run us off track. Understand them, do not suppress them. Then proceed with a more logical response.


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