Chapter 57

Get Mad...Then Make Your World Better

Today's Empowering Quote

"Anger is a prelude to courage."
-Eric Hoffer

Today's Empowering Question

"What am I really dissatisfied about right now?"

Today's Fast Session

I guess I better start right out by explaining the word 'Anger' as we'll be using it. By anger, I mean that you see something or something happens and it spurs in you a burning, all-encompassing desire to fix the problem.

The problem with most people is that they get angry at other people for taking advantage of their weaknesses.  "You took my boyfriend." Hey, if your relationship was good, there wouldn't be a problem.  The blame rests with you and/or your boyfriend, not anyone else.

A few years ago, I met Rudy Ruettiger. The movie 'Rudy' is based on his life.  He told me that the thing that kept him going in the face of every adversity you can imagine was anger...

Anger at everyone that told him playing football for Notre Dame was crazy; for everyone that told him that he wasn't cut out for college; that he ought to work in the factory because it was safe; that he ought to forget his stupid dream.

The nay sayers motivated him.  It made him angry when people knocked his dream.

If you've never seen the movie, I would recommend that you buy it and wear it out.  And if you don't have any tissues, get some before you hit "play."

What do most people do when others rain on their parade?  What do you do?

Inside, you probably laugh right along and say something like, "Yeah, it is kind of silly.  That IS a little out of my league."

Why not get angry and do something about it, instead.  Show them you can reach your dream.

Few people like to stand out.  To be seen as different.

Well, anger is really just another way of describing one of the first elements that go into making a personal mission statement.  I mean after all, what would a mission be if you weren't completely behind it emotionally?  It wouldn't be a mission.  It would be just a wish. And wishes don't usually come true.

Missions, though, usually ensure that dreams become realized.

But when you've got a mission, it sets your whole being  into motion.

Great missions come about often when you just can't stand the way something is and you feel like you must change it.

"MADD" (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) came about because of anger. "America's Most Wanted" came about because of anger.

So many breakthroughs and achievements would never have happened unless someone got mad and said "I'm not going to take it any more!"

I did that years ago and went looking for tools to change the way I thought.  It took a while, but I found them and altered them to create a technology that ultimately changed who I am and changed the lives of thousands around the world... all because of massive pain and dissatisfaction.

Here's what I want you to do...

Find something in your life that you're dissatisfied with and get yourself worked up.  Ask yourself what your life will be like if this doesn't change.  Feel the pain.  Get angry.  Don't blame others in this mental exercise.  You're responsible for your own circumstances.  Get that straight.

Feel the pain now.  Compare those feelings to the feelings you'd have if you were just to fix the situation now. No matter what kind of effort it would take to fix.  It might take years for you to get things the way you want them. But compare the two futures.  Get angry at the first future.  Get scared.  And get determined not to end up there.

Make it a must.  You must change it.  Feel it.  If you've got to cry and scream and pound your fists, fine...if that's what it takes.

Look now at the better future you saw.  How big is the gap? Would it be worth any effort that it might take?  I think you'll find that it probably is.

Without dissatisfaction, and often anger, it's verrrry difficult to get and stay motivated.  You must keep your dissatisfaction in your mind daily.

Use it as fuel for your motivation.

As long as you continue to take personal responsibility for your life, this can work miracles.

But as long as you keep blaming others for your problems, you'll continue to have them.

Get dissatisfied.  It will help you feel courageous, even if last week you were hiding out.

Today's Winning Beliefs

-- I use anger constructively to make things better
-- Courage and I are one
-- My abilities are boundless
-- My motivation and determination are both growing daily

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