Ep 16: How to still shoot straight when your business gets wobbly

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Today I want to share a story with you that I borrowed from the book The Archer by Paulo Coelho.  

It’s about a master archer who lived in a small village and was challenged by a newcomer. The younger archer was really good, but the Master had a trick up his sleeve. He took the challenger to a rickety bridge spanning a great chasm and asked him to shoot an apple off a tree in the middle of the bridge.  

The wind was blowing, and the bridge was swaying, making it a difficult shot. The young archer missed, but the Master calmly took his shot and hit the apple. He then explained that to be a great archer, you must learn to calm your mind even on a rickety bridge. 

Now, that story is a metaphor for life and business building. Most of the time, we have to take shots when our circumstances are far from perfect. And often even dire. So, how do we stay calm and succeed in those situations? That’s what we’re going to talk about today. 

I want to share with you five secrets to understanding emotions that will be a game-changer for you. But first, let’s talk about why emotions are so important in decision-making. 

Research has shown that without emotions, we won’t take into account the things that really matter, like our personal values and how our choices affect those around us. Emotions help us weigh the pros and cons and ultimately choose what’s best for us. So, managing our emotions well and using them to our advantage is crucial. 

I like to use the analogy of a dragon guarding the gold of our thinking brain to explain the process of learning to manage our emotions. 

We don’t want to slay that dragon because we need our emotions to make good decisions. Instead, we want to learn how to bring it to heel and process negative emotions as soon as they arise so that they don’t derail us. 

But we also want to learn how to train our dragon and raise our emotional intelligence deliberately. 

So, without further ado, let’s dive into the five secrets of human emotions that are going to change you forever. 

First up, did you know that humans are wired to be negative by nature? It’s true! We pay more attention to bad news than good news because our brain constantly scans the environment looking for threats and making us aware of them by creating negative emotions. 

But now that you know this, you can start focusing more on positive things to raise your emotional intelligence. 

Stay tuned for the rest of the secrets, and let me, your venerable dragon whisperer, teach you how to tame and train your emotional dragon. 

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