Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tip#248: 7 Positive Emotions That Energize – Stranger Than Fiction

Positive emotional energy is key to building self-confidence and self-esteem. So it is important to identify what those emotions are.

Recently I accidentally left the TV on and there was wave after wave of negative economic news. That heavy energy started to get me down and I got caught in a cycle of negative thinking. It was like being hypnotized by what I was allowing into my brain.

Luckily I was able to break out of that cycle, first by changing the TV channel and then start focusing on positive emotions to re-engage my optimistic mindset. It is the recognition of what makes you feel good that accelerates the process for positive change.

There is a great list of 7 major positive emotions in Napoleon Hill's classic book, Think and Grow Rich. Identifying these will help you remember the emotions that can help lift you up and feel more energized and positive.

7 Major Positive Emotions:

The emotion of DESIRE
The emotion of FAITH
The emotion of LOVE
The emotion of SEX
The emotion of ENTHUSIASM
The emotion of ROMANCE
The emotion of HOPE

Stranger Than Fiction

The movie Stranger Than Fiction is a real gem of a story that explores and demonstrates aspects of this list of positive emotions. Will Ferrell stars as Harold Crick who feels trapped in a very negative situation.

But by having FAITH he learns to overcome his unexpected crisis. Crick then surrenders to his DESIRES and ENTHUSIASM like playing the guitar, homemade cookies and pursuing a woman he is attracted to. This then leads him to experience the emotions of LOVE, ROMANCE and SEX.

Ultimately Crick experiences the emotion of HOPE which helps him become the hero of his own life story. The final narration at the end of the film by Emma Thompson provides an inspiring list of activities that re-energizes positive emotional energy.

So remember positive emotional energy activates an optimistic mindset. Remind yourself of Napoleon Hill's list of positive emotions for whenever you get stuck in a negative mindset. Let these positive emotions lift you up when you feel heavy and lost.

Just like your TV, it starts with switching off that negative channel to a program that makes you feel good. Feeling good is all you have to focus on.

"Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other must dominate."
Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich

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Anonymous said...

Fantastic movie! Loved the humour & romance. And yes, I'm not a big Will fan, either. But he just knocked this one outta the park.

Stephanie M.

Head Health Nut said...

These positive emotions you cite from Napoleon Hill are very similar to those mentioned in "Power vs. Force" by David Hawkins. I highly recommend reading it!

My favourite part in the movie is when Harold takes the suggestion to to halt the storyline by doing nothing. I won't ruin the scene for those who haven't seen the movie but it has a funny parallel to what happens in real life if you try stopping YOUR storyline!

Kevin McIntosh said...

"Think and Grow Rich" was one of the first books I read when I first ventured out as an Entrepreneur back in 1988 on the recommendation of my mentor at the time. Naturally, as a young business person, I assumed it that the books' title referred to being "Rich" financially, but the real value of the book is how to grow rich emotionally and intellectually. I still attempt ot live and guide my life by many of the tenants of this book which if I am not mistaken is more than 60 years old.

For anyone interested, another book that for all intents and purposes was the platform for today's modern motivators like Tony Robbins, is Psychocybernetics" by Maxwell Maltz. Max was the father of Nero-Linguistic Programming (NLP) but he did not have the same marketing savvy as Tony Robbins did 4 decades later!