And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. - Colossians 3:17
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. - Proverbs 16:32
What does it mean to be emotionally “All In?” And what exactly is an emotion? An emotion is a complex psychological state that involves three distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response, and a behavioral or expressive response.
Some research will suggest there are three basic emotions, others will say 27, some 16, let’s find a middle ground and use anger, fear, sadness, disgust, joy and surprise. Three negative and three positive for the purpose of this penalty kill blog.
Joy is usually a spark or explosion of energy. Sadness has its roots in feeling embarrassed. Sadness triggers behavior episodes of quitting, failure, and loss. If an individual feels sad there are opportunities to connect with people; whereas some individuals go off and cry by themselves.
Fear is the disbelief in God and yourself, it is an emotional response to immediate danger and uncertainty. Fear can also include a sense of self preservation to can keep an individual safe. For instance, looking down from a tall ladder or skyscraper, most people don’t want to jump. This is self preservation.
Anger is about goal blocking and fairness. Anger can be triggered if an individual feels like they are getting ripped off, blocked, or taken advantage of. Disgust is an emotional response to something offensive, distasteful, or unpleasant. Surprise is a brief mental and physiological state that is triggered by an unexpected or astonishing event, fact, or thing.
So why are emotions important to peak high velocity, and why should I care?
From an energy perspective, negative emotions are inefficient, and can set the team backwards if not handled in a timely manner. Negative emotions have a physiological destination. If you are constantly dealing with the same negative emotion it will show up in your body somewhere. It could be back pain, headaches, neck pain, and in some cases cancer.
Peak high velocity performers balance engaging positive and negative emotions and use them for the betterment of the team. Just like exercising our physical bodies, managing positive and negative emotions are just as important to to peak high velocity.