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Does anger poison your productivity and fuel stress?
All too often, unprocessed anger is a sinkhole for energy and time. Even chronic irritations are mud slicks just waiting to be slipped on. But you can relate to daily setbacks without losing your footing. In fact, I invite you to convert that sludge to vibrant, positive energy.

Creating Positive Energy from Sludgy Anger

When you embrace “the anger challenge” to solve underlying problems, you:

  1. Re-access energy formerly mired in resentment.

2. Lower stress.

3. Raise contentment.

To enjoy these benefits, let’s explore 3 essential tools for dismantling a common anger-based time trap – Blaming others for your lack of time.

1. Proactivity:

When you think, “This person takes too much of my time!” reframe that thought to:

“I give this person too much of my time.”

What does it give you to forfeit this time? How would you like to change this equation? Owning your role in your time shortage = owning your power. For maximum power, explore your ability to “change the dance” by changing just your steps. When you don’t need anyone to cooperate with you, no one stands in your way.

2. Creativity:

To reframe your mental picture of your time, adopt the following mantra:

“I alone decide how I use my time.”

So how do you create the quality of your time? Count on creativity as your first resort when proactive negotiations won’t alter a stagnant situation. Envision your upcoming day and anticipate logjams. Start brainstorming now so you meet setbacks with ingenuity and self-possession.

3. Relativity:

Many daily annoyances that sap energy and productivity are quite workable when viewed more broadly. Try these questions, to gain additional perspective:

  • How important will this seem in 5 days? 5 weeks? 5 years?
  • How might others’ perspectives inform your options?

Remember, if your day were a treasure map, you’d discover valuable time hidden under your resentments. Dig deep, strike gold and celebrate your newfound time and energy!

Article By: Paula Eder 

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