I’m going to be Angry for 15 minutes – try it!

Angry face w smokeNo, I'm not really angry.  I'm not even frustrated.  I'm actually having a great day.  But as I contemplated what I wanted to say to help others today, I was reminded of the power of thought and being in control of our emotions.  I have heard people say; "She makes me so mad!" or "He gets me so angry!" When in fact, no one can make you angry without your consent.  Didn't Eleanor Roosevelt say something about no one can make you feel inferior without your consent?  Just substitute ‘inferior’ with any emotion and take your power back.  Even when you are angry.  I’m not saying to intentionally be angry, I am saying that the next time you start getting hot under the collar, or fuming red with anger, put a time limit on it.  Tell yourself you are angry (accept the emotion), then give yourself permission to feel that anger for a certain amount of time.  It sounds silly. It sounds so silly, that after 5 minutes, you may just not feel the anger any more! I think when we deny that we’re angry or blame others for our anger; it can linger a lot longer.  Give it a try.  It’s a nice reminder that we and only we are in control of our emotions. 

From your happy to not have to be angry today motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman


Marilyn Sherman, CSP is a Front-Row Leadership Expert helping people get out of the balcony and get a front-row seat in life. For over 20 years she has inspired audiences with topics on Visioning, Goal Achievement and having a No More Excuses attitude! Check out her fun, dynamic style at http://www.MarilynSherman.com

Marilyn Sherman, Owner UpFront Presentations - Helping people get a Front-Row seat in their life!
9030 W. Sahara Ave #444
Las Vegas, NV 89117

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  1. Nice, Marilyn! A very very useful idea!  I used to set a time limit for myself when I felt sad. And then – I made it a point to RELISH the sadness during my allotted time! I would wallow in it! Splash around in it! Do "SADNESS" in a really big way!  Then, at the end of the "Sadness Session," I would take a deep breath and feel infinitely better!  I'll try it next time with anger!  Thanks again, Marilyn!

  2. Yes! Excellent advice. Like Linda, I used to do this with my pity parties for one. Crawl into bed, cry, watch a sad movie, journal and then time's up! Get up, get out and get going. As you said, the key is to feel your feelings, rather than deny them, with limits. Hoping I don't have to try this with anger anytime soon, but now I'm prepared.

  3. You couldn't have said it better, Marilyn.  When we deny that we're angry or blame others for our anger it DOES linger longer!  Great message from a great motivational speaker!  (and I'm so happy that you're so happy today!)

  4. Great point Marilyn! I'm not sure I've ever been angry for more than a minute. But sometimes I will carry around a little grudge. Maybe I'll do the same then – and only allow myself to carry it around for fifteen minutes and then let it go. Good advice!

    Your motivational speaker who spends way more time in happy than crappy!

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