Get Emotional!

Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience.

—Paul Cezanne


Mining Your Feelings

We've already established how important it is to not only pay attention to your emotions but to adjust your thoughts to support an improved emotion so you move closer toward your Magnetic North.

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Evocative Images of your perfect work

Use your mind's eye to conjure moments you'll experience while doing your ideal work. Those imaginings are fertile with potential emotions depending on your intention and how you design them. The brain can still react emotionally to an imagined experience just like it can a real experience. The premise that thought triggers emotions is reinforced in this simple exercise and demonstrates the linkage between the two.

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Sea of Dreams

Take a walk through your dreams. Create the scene and see yourself enjoying your work, exercising your talents and using your experience and knowledge. Engage in a conversation, a meal, take a walk, build something, plan a strategy, do your craft. These moments are yours to magically bring into being in your mind and populate with the things that you love doing and provide immense satisfaction. Savor those moments and expand them with more detail, extended time frames or "what if" scenarios. Enjoy exploring your emotional landscape.

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List Template (PDF)

List Template (PDF)

Writing Template (PDF)

Writing Template (PDF)

Drawing Template (PDF)

Drawing Template (PDF)

Course Practice

Emotional Excursion Play

  1. Think deeply on a desired moment that you would be enjoying doing your ideal work. Bring in all of the details, what you'll be doing, the place, setting, weather, fragrances, light, view, tools and materials, technology, people, etc.
  2. List the emotions associated with the experience such as, "Light and easy, relieved, happy, relaxed, excited, turned on, tickled, inventive, creative, appreciated, etc.
  3. Now that you have captured the moment in your mind's eye, write a story based on the scene and emotions you'll be experiencing.
  4. Take it to the bonus level by drawing the scene as well (you can do this before writing the story if you prefer).