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Shit happens. And nature didn’t give us any tools to control our emotions.

That is why you need to take 8 minutes to watch psychologist Paul Ekman explain what’s really going on in your brain and what you can do to turn emotional impulses into action. (I promise it’ll be some of the best time you’ll ever have spent!)

It doesn’t matter if your emotional attack dogs are the result of a partner’s betrayal, a business deal gone bad, or a life adversity over which you had absolutely no control. The brain’s natural emotional response can be your complete undoing unless and until you master this process.

More next time. Until then, remember to LOVE YOUR WORK, whatever it may be.

PS I hope you’ll find the new RAISING THE BAR series inspiring. If so, please share this post with friends and followers. You never know what burdens others are carrying or how much their load might be made lighter by doing so. ♥♥♥


Raising The Bar is a new series for the SMARTSTART community that has been taking shape in my head for most of the time I’ve spent working to recover from catastrophic brain, spinal cord and psychological injuries resulting from a near fatal accident in 2009. Success, whether it’s in rehab, business, relationships, or life, hinges on our ability to master this simple formula: Belief (B) + Attitude (A) = Response (R).

I’m excited to be sharing it with you now as a next step in my injury recovery. Consider this your invitation to join me on a grand adventure. Oh, the places we will go! Including all the places that scare us most. For that is where the greatest opportunities for joy and happiness — the true measures of success — reside!