Calm Like a Bomb
What is Emotional IQ For Men?
It Never Pays to be a Prick
Though it might seem like it in the moment, losing control of our emotions and lashing out never makes the situation better. Our problem—be it bills, a pesky neighbor, the FRICKIN PADRES blew it again, or something more serious, like marital issues—isn’t going to go away because we lost our cool.
Think of your internal emotions like trench warfare. Every time you lose control, you dig your trench a little deeper. It might seem like you’re getting what you want initially, but eventually you’ve dug so deep that you’ve lost sight of the battle.
Sometimes what a man escapes to is worse than what he escapes from.
Cool as a Cucumber
Whatever you have going on, you don’t have to figure it out all at once. Take a tactical time-out and assess your situation. Think of the version of you that isn’t overwhelmed, or pissed off, or scared…and ask yourself what that guy would do in this situation. Take a moment to reflect, then address the issue at hand.
As we pointed out in The Subtle Art of Being a Good Dude, Part 1, nobody expects anybody to be perfect. You’re human and you deserve some freakin leeway. The first person that needs to give you that support, however, is you. You have all the power to stay in control and to effectively communicate with your head and your heart working in unison.
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