The Power of Negative Emotions

March 14, 2017
Natural Wealth, Natural Health

If you’re looking for insights on taking control of your physical health in today’s newsletter, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed.

Today I’m going to turn the tables on a common the notion of what it takes to succeed, accomplish great things, and get what you want.

Still with me?


But before you continue, be warned – this isn’t going to go over well for a lot of people…and maybe even you.

It’s all about a personal observation I’ve made in my own life.

Here we go …

It’s considered an unassailable truth that you have to be positive in order to succeed in life.

The theory behind this is you’ve got to use the power of positive thinking to generate the energy necessary to achieve your goals.

Positive energy, of course.

I don’t doubt that this is works for some people.

But it doesn’t work for me.

Dreaming happy rainbows has never motivated me to take the action necessary to achieve anything noteworthy.

What *has* worked for me is transmuting negative energy into action.

To wit – not long ago I was a working copywriter making a nice salary (plus royalties).

Then … I got laid off (fired, actually).

I knew the company that dumped me made a big mistake. And I also knew I needed to dig up some writing gigs pronto (you know …. to pay for rent and such).

And that I did. But I didn’t do it by imagining myself as being a successful writer, lying on the beach and getting a Coppertone tan.

So what was my motivation? To show those stupid bastards who fired me that they made a big mistake.

That was over three years ago.


I’m making more money writing than I’ve ever made, and I now have to turn down prospective clients because I just don’t have enough time  to accommodate them all.

Bottom line is it was revenge that motivated me to put my self-marketing into hyper-drive.

Reflecting back on my life, I’ve used negative emotions many times to motivate me to take positive action.

If you think about it, I’ll bet you have too.

Take fear. There’s nothing more motivating than the fear of poverty to kick you into gear, is there?

The threat of going hungry is pretty powerful.

Or how about anger? I’ll bet at one time or another, anger has inspired you to right a wrong, or do what was necessary to affect positive change.

Now, I’m not saying you should wallow in negativity and expect that to magically make things great for you.

The point I’m making is the pain caused by a negative emotion is incredibly powerful.

So why not use that pain to your advantage?

That’s it for today.

Never negating the truth,

Doug Fogel
Co-creator of the “Gentle Hands” Headache DVD
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