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How one can Management (and Exploit) Your Feelings

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Pixar, the genius of animation, has in its list of films Intensa-Mente (Inside Out) the leading role of Riley, a girl who, after moving to a new city, has to "fight" the emotions that live in her head. Although this is a film that is also aimed at children, it provides valuable lessons on how to control emotions for everyone (especially managers and entrepreneurs). We all feel joy, sadness, fear, displeasure, and anger. However, emotional intelligence not only helps us to control it, but also to use it to become leaders and successful people.

Below we analyze the emotions portrayed in this film and show you how to act if one of them takes you over. Remember, feeling them isn't bad, but the most important thing is not to let this overtake you and spoil your reputation:

1. Joy

Joy is clearly a positive emotion that brings out the best in us. Someone who is cheerful tends to infect their team with this attitude and act more eagerly. However, too much enjoyment can affect your performance. Why? Because when we are very happy about something, we neglect the rest, especially the topics that cost us the most.

If you are feeling particularly happy on these days, try two things: Share these emotions with others and let them permeate your company. and use it in a way that will motivate you to work better and not distract you.

2. Sadness

There are days when you just can't get up. you feel sad and depressed. This emotion is common among entrepreneurs who have failed or have not seen the fruits they have dreamed of in their business. But you have to be careful as this emotion can be the most destructive to someone who wants to succeed.

It's difficult, but when you start feeling "down" you need to act immediately. Surround yourself with people who will make you smile and give you good advice, whether they're coworkers, friends, or family. Be honest about what you are feeling and look for things that make you happy like going to the movies, walking, traveling, being with your kids, whatever! Think that only you are responsible for changing that attitude and seeing things from a new perspective.

Image: Pixar Animation Studios / Walt Disney Pictures

3. fear

It's probably the most common emotion among entrepreneurs and those deciding whether to take the plunge. It is normal for you to fear losing your financial security, sacrificing your time, failing, and even "what will they say". Fear can paralyze you and prevent you from achieving your dreams, but it can also become a great motivator.

For fear to translate into something positive, you need to learn to get out of your comfort zone (gradually) and do things that you normally wouldn't. Then it is important that you learn to live with that feeling, reduce it by preparing yourself for the maximum, thinking about risks and building confidence in yourself.

4. Aversion

There are many things that you may not like as an entrepreneur: from a lack of support and the mistakes you make to hiring certain employees or your partner. If you let this emotion control you, your face will constantly complain and be impatient, and this is especially common with perfectionists and negatives.

This emotion can seriously affect the morale of your team and everyone who works with you. To reduce this, it is recommended that you adopt a much more patient and tolerant attitude. When you experience something that you don't like or that bothers you, try to find the positive aspects of it, and most importantly, try not to show your dislike without listening to the other person. Stop seeing the glass half empty and see it half full.

5. Anger. We all have the right to get angry from time to time. What's more, if we didn't get angry about certain situations, we couldn't consider ourselves human. At the same time, people who don't know how to control themselves and get carried away with anger can be extremely harmful to the company and its employees.

If you are the type to get angry easily or too intensely, it is time for you to mature and measure what you say and do. No matter what the situation is, you should never get carried away and badly offend or treat someone. Learn to use your anger and frustration to seek solutions and not attack others.

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