Imagine you are facing your biggest fear, your body and mind respond on their own, there’s irrational thinking, your body freezes and you no longer feel in any way able to control how you react, like there’s an invisible force controlling you. How does it feel?

Now imagine you are doing the thing that makes you the happiest person on the planet, you’re smiling, you’re laughing, joking, playing around, enjoying the whole situation, immersed in the happiness, the joy and the great hormones racing through your body. How does it feel?

In both situations you are at the mercy of your emotional state, from your thoughts, to your actions, your words , how you interact, how you react, how you behave and the decisions you make. Every day we encounter situations that influence our emotional state both positively and negatively.

The positive emotions make us feel good, we enjoy them, process them and look forward to feeling them again. With positive emotions we make better decisions; self motivation is easy, supporting others is effortless and productivity increases.

The negative ones are the ones that make even the simplest of tasks seem harder. Throughout the day and often our lives we collect negative emotions, like a magnet. We have a habit of doing this as human beings. Some emotions we can brush off easily, others become unresolved and held within, gathering and growing until they threaten to overwhelm us, resulting in stress, anxiety, depression or even physical ailments. People feeling overwhelmed become low functioning and decreased productivity, can create conflict, are disconnected and often lack motivation.Emotions are seen as ‘soft skills’.

A person’s emotional state, however, is a huge influencer of motivation. Someone who is emotionally disengaged will find it difficult to motivate themselves and others. They do not connect with life decisions and everything can feel like hard work, draining and exhausting. The motivation level of emotionally engaged people fluctuates, there are times when they are highly motivated and there are times when they lack motivation as their emotional state ebbs and flows.

An emotionally empowered person is in tune with their emotions, they stay aware and manage their emotions to maintain good motivation levels.Awareness or lack of awareness of your own emotional state can be either positively or negatively impactful on your motivation.

How soft do emotions seem now?