Thoughts Thoughts-those mental processes of which a person is always conscious. This takes place in the outermost part of the brain is called the cortex. Your thoughts are conscious, you are always aware of them. They help you gather information about yourself and your world and helps you make sense of it. Your thoughts help decide your actions whether they are positive or negative. Navy SEAL montra “the only easy day was yesterday” and “it pays to be a winner” What does that mean to you?
Values Values- what a person thinks of as right and wrong, what is important to you and rules of behavior. You learn your first values from your family. Your values guide you in assigning positive or negative weights to behaviors. Values are both conscious and unconscious. Sometimes you can state them in words others will guide you actions without thought.
Personal Values You discover your own values and beliefs by stating your values in either actions or words. Are you willing to state your values to others? How faithfully will I stand by my values when it is challenged or acting on your values bring negative consequences? Do I act consistently and repeatedly in line with my values?
Emotions Emotions-is a feeling that occurs in response to an event as experienced by an individual. Some of the emotions we feel are anger, sadness, happiness, envy, prejudice, and confusion. Emotions you feel are responses to an event that you already had at an earlier time. It is acceptable to feel emotions and feeling them is natural. Most of us will feel a wide variety of emotions in one day. It is not always acceptable to act on the emotions. Emotional intelligence- the ability to recognize and appropriately express one’s emotions in a way to enhance living. It is more appropriate to wait and relax before you act on the emotions.
Expressing Emotions Expressing emotions can be done verbally and/or emotionally. That means you can do something: writing, crying, shouting, laughing, or otherwise act out the emotion in a positive way. Resentment- anger that has built up due to failure to express it. Suppress- to hold back or restrain. Confrontation- an interaction where one person expresses their emotions to another. Recognize it- What am I feeling? Own- Accept that you feel it. Verbalize it- Express it in words to yourself or someone else. Express it physically- Engage in physical activity to express emotions.