• Michael Dahdal

Emotional Discipline

Updated: Jan 3, 2020


How often have you heard the phrase, ‘I don’t feel like it’?

Maybe life isn’t about doing what you feel like doing – maybe life is about doing what needs to be done.

Knowing what the right thing to do is and then aiming for that, the best way you know how, in every situation.

You see you are not your emotions.

How you feel is indicative of something going on, but YOU have the ability to temper it, regulate it, harness and direct it.

It's a matter of whether you allow your emotions to control you or whether you are able to control your emotions.

So I’m not really so concerned with how you feel at this point,

But I am very much concerned about what you do and what your intention is for doing it.

Emotions tend to be irrational, so if you allow yourself to be purely guided by them, then by default you to become irrational.

I’m not suggesting you to ignore, suppress or avoid your emotions, quite the contrary – it is part of what drives you and makes you human.

Instead I’m asking you to put everything in its proper place.

To cultivate greater awareness of your self.

of your guiding principles and the rules you choose to live by.

To connect with that part of you that transcends ‘how you feel’ and calls on you to elevate your self, to strive to rise above and reach for something greater.

To stay in constant pursuit of doing what you know to be right.

It’s that dichotomy between ‘what’s urgent’ (your immediate impulse) and ‘what’s important’ (your ability to reach beyond, without ever losing sight of the bigger picture).