Is our Emotion our Collaborator or Enemy?

Posted: December 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

Business people would like to think that we could bury our emotions and bleeding hearts at home and become robots once we walk into a business, and make critical decisions with a business head. We work so hard to push our emotions down, and get upset with people for pushing our buttons in order to open up our emotions.

The truth is that our emotions will be with us everywhere. Without having electricity, nothing will be able to be operated, even the earth needs electricity to run. It is the same thing with human beings; including entrepreneurs with emotions – positive and negative emotions will boost our opportunities and our chances to progress our business if we have skills in coping, channeling, and balancing our emotions.

Entrepreneurs must have three important functions: passion, energy, and creativity. Even though we have everything under control, the situations and performances and attitudes of people can create a trigger event that can get the better of us. Business is not a constant. We will feel a variety of emotions from excitement for landing a new project or a new client, to the pain of disappointment when the business suffers a setback.

As entrepreneurs, we will experience being on a roller-coaster ride, so it is very important for us to have emotional strength, personal and social competences, and emotional intelligence; all are essential to our development and growth in business. We need to grow ourselves in order to grow our businesses. Meanwhile, we embrace the emotions for being our driving force in entrepreneurship.

From my entrepreneurial experience, It can be restless and impatient moments whenever I face challenges that may slow down or stop the process of my business and my show from moving forward.

It can be worrisome when I have limited resources, speed, finance, and network in order to keep my business and my show in flow.

It can be stressful to go in roads that have many detours, juggling different hats, jumping from project to project, constantly thinking and figuring out different strategies that will help to reach my goals, and dealing with discriminatory obstacles professionally and personally.

It is always a game of trying to figure out which things need to take priority, as I always seem to feel that there is just so much business to do and to try fitting within a limited amount time.

It is important for us, as entrepreneurs, to keep in mind that there are not short cuts to building and maintaining a business, and there are no fast-food solutions to issues, obstacles, or challenges. We need to understand how important it is to know the difference between reflexes and thorough evaluation responses and how these responses can influence our results positively or negatively.

We continue to strengthen our self awareness and self-management skills (that has to do with ourselves and how we manage ourselves internally) and social awareness and relationship management (that has to do with how we manage ourselves with other people and situations externally.)

When the matter is complex, you will get best results when you mentally step back to allow the time for the combination of rationale and emotion, to observe and stress-test reflexes, then you will be able to make sound business decisions.

The critical information I learned is that our brain is hardwired to give emotions the upper hand. In the limbic system of the emotion area and rational area – when you see the situation, the information will always travel to where emotion is produced first before the rational area. Again the rational area will not be able to stop the emotion once it arrives. What the rational can do is to combine rational with emotional in order to help people to respond, to listen, and to communicate in balance.

Now my answer to the question in the title, “Is our emotion our collaborator or enemy?” Well, it is both. Emotion can be our collaborator if we know how to regulate our emotions and have tools ready when our trigger button is being pressed. But, at the same time, our emotions can also be our enemy if our emotions are being deregulated, misunderstood, or misinterpreted by others.

What are your thoughts on this?


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