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The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
-- Theodore Roosevelt
 

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The trap of anger

Your anger hurts you much more than it affects anyone else. When your energy and awareness are tightly wrapped around anger, you’re not much good for anything else.

There are many things beyond your control that can be perfectly legitimate reasons for anger. Yet the amount of time you maintain that anger is completely up to you.

The more quickly you move on, the better off you’ll be. When you feel the first sensation of anger, let that be a reminder to let it go.

Anger can be useful in calling your attention to matters that require your response. But anger itself is not an effective response.

Take a slow, deep breath and remind yourself of how much more effective you can be by maintaining a positive, results-oriented approach. Decide, in a cool, calm and thoughtful manner, exactly what response would be the most powerful and valuable, and then make it happen.

Don’t let the foolish, thoughtless, destructive actions of others catch you in a trap of anger. Take note of the anger, let it go, put your focus on being your best, and you’ll surely emerge as a winner.

— Ralph Marston

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