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Instant Motivation by Chantal Burns

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Chapter 3

The Logic of Emotion

Why control is not the answer

‘We were designed and built to feel, and there is no thought, no state of mind, that is not also a feeling state.’

Jeanette Winterson

Meet Robert. He’s got a full day ahead of him with several meetings and deadlines. Before he even arrives at work, he’s feeling a bit flat. He opens his email and there’s a message from his boss. It says he wants to meet with him to discuss something important at 3pm. He’s asked Robert to clear his diary and make himself available. Robert’s mind goes into overdrive. ‘What does he want to talk about?’ ‘What’s happened?’ He starts thinking all kinds of things. His goes from feeling flat to excited in 60 seconds.

Where are Robert’s feelings coming ...

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