Years ago, my emotions got a bit intense—both positive and negative. I’d just left my husband and was desperately determined to be happy. Still a DoorMat and a bit naïve, I’d grab onto anything positive that someone said. That set me up for many disappointments. Someone would promise to do something I’d love and I’d get all excited. When they didn’t follow through, I’d feel very down for a while. Needing some happiness, I didn’t notice this pattern as I wanted to believe so badly.

This all came to a head when I’d just begun my record label. I was one of the first women to start one and I learned as I went along. I went to London to try to get something going over there and a friend offered to help me. And he did try. But things didn’t go as hoped and I went up and down from excitement—when he was sure a record label was interested in licensing my music—to severe disappointment when they didn’t. After wonderful opportunities didn’t pan out, my stress level got very high.

Fortunately, my friend saw what was happening and sat me down to straighten me out. He said he watched me living like I was on a roller coaster. I’d get carried away with excitement about a good prospect, then suddenly go down from up high fast when it didn’t happen, leaving me in a bad state. He advised me to not get so excited about specific things that weren’t definite. He was frightened about my mental state being hurt. And he was right!

We often go for rides on emotional roller coasters when something we really want seems like it will happen and then doesn’t. It can be caused by a variety of factors. I did that with my desire to get my record label launched. But I also did it when there was a guy I liked a lot. If he called, I’d get excited; when he let me down, my spirit nose dived from the top of the coaster and felt awful. Then he’d say things I wanted to hear and I’d climb back up to the top, only to go down again when he didn’t follow through.

It was a great lesson that I took to heart and still remember. We need to keep our highs and lows in check. It’s fine to be happy about a possibility, but not so happy that if it doesn’t work out you crash down. Now I keep both ends of the emotional scale in check. When a publisher I love is interested in having me do a book, I remind myself to wait for the contract before getting excited. When I do sign one, then I celebrate. I try not to get my hopes up too high for any one thing.

This may sound contradictory to the Law of Attraction but, it’s not. Instead of seeking a specific publisher, or man, or whatever else that I want badly, I get excited about getting the best possible one, the one that’s the best fit my highest good. Then I’m not disappointed by things not working out with a certain person or situation. The publisher I have my heart set on may not be the right one for me. The guy I think is perfect might be very wrong under the surface once I get to know him.

If you like going on rides, go to an amusement park but don’t put yourself on an emotional one. Emotional roller coasters wear you down. They create stress and an assortment of negative emotions. When you try to stay calm about a good thing that may be coming to you, or not being too disappointed if it doesn’t, you’re in a much healthier state of mind. Emotional swings take their toll on you both physically—causing digestive issues, weakened immune systems, etc And they also cause mental issue—anxiety, doubt in yourself, and feelings like nothing goes your way. When you keep your response to getting things you want in some check, you’ll feel more in control of your life.

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