Have you heard of chaos theory? Well, it states that within the apparent randomness of chaotic complex systems, there are underlying patterns, interconnectedness, constant feedback loops, repetition, self-similarity, fractals, and self-organization.
The simple version is that the universe is a collection of systems. Every system has a pattern. Some systems are sensitive, and when they are disturbed, they change their pattern. The change in pattern is what most people call chaos.
I like to think of music when thinking of chaos theory. When you change notes, you end up with a different tune. So chaos may be seen as a change in pattern in a system.
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.Abraham Lincoln
Human life, just like the universe, is a collection of systems. The most sensitive system of human life is emotions. Change in emotional states has a direct impact on behavior.
The good news is that anyone can gain emotional mastery. Every emotion is a call to action. To understand what action to take, you need to conduct an emotional audit.
Here are some considerations to make when you are conducting an emotional audit.
1. Your Emotional Home
Everyone has dominant emotions that influence their interaction with the world.
Paul Ekman, an Emotional Psychologist, categorized human emotions into seven basic categories, with each one having a facial expression. The categories are joy, sadness, disgust, fear, anger, contempt, and surprise.
Confident people tend to exude joy while those obsessed with control exude fear because they tend to be worrisome and anxious.
Knowing your dominant emotions will help you understand your emotional home.
2. Emotional Patterns
Different people have different reactions when they face diverse situations. Over time the reactions become a habit. The emotional reaction forms your emotional patterns.
Our life is a reflection of our emotional patterns. In most cases, emotional patterns tend to control our lives.
Studying emotional patterns helps you predict how you will react in different situations so that you can respond more favorably.
3. Emotional Resolve
Emotional resolve is choosing the right emotional response in a given situation.
In a sense, emotional resolve is an aspect of emotional intelligence which is, the ability to recognize your emotions and those of others so that you can respond appropriately.
For some people, emotional resolve flows naturally. If it does not flow naturally to you, then you may need to figure out how you can be more intentional in your emotional resolve.
4. Emotional Fitness
Emotional fitness stems from the fact that motion can create emotions. Emotions can, therefore, be learned and unlearned just like habits.
Joy, for instance, can be magnified by doing activities that make you happy.
If you discover the negative emotions that control your life, you can opt to replace them with their positive counterparts.
Learning how to strengthen your emotional muscles will ensure that you become emotionally fit.
5. Emotional Mastery
Emotional mastery is knowing your emotional prompts and the actions that you need to take.
Most people argue that embracing emotions may be the path to emotional mastery.
If you remember that emotions are action signals, then it will be easy for you to respond appropriately.
When was the last time you had an emotional audit?
Until the next post, let your soul sing!