Do you use them or not to get what you want?
Well, first, what do you want? Run fast? Jump high? Get that J.O.B.?
It might be the proverbial “everyone is different” but, are there certain qualities in your field that may be the norm? What’s the history or context of emotions being used or not where you’re trying to succeed?
“You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.”
—Alexander McQueen, infamous fashion designer
In my context, sport, my personal opinion is that you have to use the emotion to commit yourself more to the goal. Pre-race you need to strip down those emotions to what you’re committed to. It’s the successful and consistent ones who can clear their mind amongst chaos. They have the ability to recognize their emotions and rationalize them to empower them instead of enable them.
Once you realize the context then you are in control like McQueen — you get to choose what to do with the “rules”.
Challenge status quo like he did.
Maybe my opinion is completely incorrect but, I do know we need to hit our emotions straight on.
Go do something that gets those emotions swirling.