Mental Toughness: How to Compartmentalize Emotions & Projects

Awesome people do a lot of things.  They deal with a lot of people.

As a result, they must learn to mentally separate the pieces from each other, for fear of overlap.  If you have a miscommunication with one person and they bark at you, that shouldn't effect your real estate deal, your strategic merger, or your dinner with your children.

Learning to compartmentalize your emotions, and projects, and funnel the appropriate mental states into the appropriate areas is an incredible skill, not easy to to master.

Imagine you are Jack Bauer, or the president of a country.  You are met with 100 high-priority tasks that all need your attention now.  Each situation seems to have a downside, and time is running out.  What do you do?

You must compartmentalize each situation, and use logic.  Using your emotion will simply make you yell "damn it!" a lot.

Before looking at the projects, be aware of what outcome you want for your life, your year, your month, and your day.  Look at the projects and rate them in order of importance in relation to your desired outcomes.

Do a quick mental scan and ascertain which is the most important (not most urgent) project, and start there.

Do the math, not the emotion.  What is the best possible outcome that would match up with your previous outcomes, and is there a creative thought that could improve that outcome.

After that, delegate, and move on to the next one.  If people have ideas about your decisions, welcome them if they are constructive or helpful towards the desired outcomes already stated.

Once you are done, focus on the solution and implementation.  If you were wrong, adjust and rectify.  There is no point is agonizing over the decision, as hesitation can cause more harm than incorrect action many times.

Recommended Resource: The Emotional Revolution

Sensei Ono, Shinka Martial Arts
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