Today’s first assignment: Grab your journal, sit quietly, and reflect upon which four dominant emotions drive your behavior. Do you operate out of fear? Anger? Jealousy? Love? Joy? Courage? Be brutally honest with yourself. No one’s watching. Write your four down. It’s very important. The Kokoro quitter operated out of anger and fear of failure. They defeated him.
Got your four down? Good. Now, answer the following questions:
1. What do these emotions keep me from creating in my life?
2. What beliefs create these four emotions? 3. What would I be like, and what would my life be like, if I could control these emotions?
Now we’re getting somewhere. Next I want you to close your eyes, and envision four new ideal emotions that you strongly desire. Replace fear with courage, anger with joy, jealousy with acceptance, pessimism with trust. Whatever four emotions you originally chose to describe yourself, choose more positive emotions now. When you’ve written down your four, answer these questions:
1. What benefit would it bring me and others if I acted with these ideal emotions?
2. What beliefs do I need to change, and what new beliefs do I need to develop, to own these ideal emotions?
3. What would I be like and what would my life be like, if I replaced my original four dominant emotions with these four ideal emotions?
Reflect on your answers daily for the next 3 weeks. After 21 days your new beliefs and emotions will begin to form habits, which will define your new character.
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