Ignore Your Feelings – Enjoy Your Feelings

You aren’t your feelings.

You feel like avoiding a tough conversation, but YOU have it. You don’t feel like getting up in the morning, but YOU get up anyway. You want to smack someone, but YOU don’t.

Ignore your feelings.

Feelings are coddlers and bullies. Feelings want you to take the easy path and beat you up when you do. When you avoid a tough conversation, you feel relief. Later, you feel anxious.

You’re ready to lead your first meeting. Your feelings scream, “Run!”

You’re stuck when you obey your feelings.

  • You don’t try new behaviors because you feel fake.
  • You stick with the known because fear says, “Avoid the unknown.”
  • You stay in bed because it feels good.

Enjoy your feelings.

How do you feel when you do something you should do, but don’t feel like doing? You feel relief, “I’m glad that’s over.” You feel proud, “I’m glad I did that.”

Ignore feelings that encourage you to take the easy way. You’ll be glad you did.

The best feelings come after you ignore your feelings. Ignore your feelings to enjoy your feelings.

You never gain confidence if you wait to feel confident.

I’ve been giving presentations all my life and I still get nervous. I enjoy the feeling after I’m done, not before I start.

The feeling you want to feel is waiting on the other side of the feeling you don’t like.


  1. Feel your feelings, but don’t let them control you. Lean into scary aspirations.
  2. Use fear and anxiety as motivation for preparation.
  3. Just start. A small beginning is better than rolling over in bed.
  4. Stop criticizing yourself because you don’t feel like doing something you know you should do.
  5. Pat yourself on the back after you do something that you didn’t feel like doing.

What feelings do you need to ignore in order to get where you want to go?

Note: Ignoring feelings is not about burying feelings.

Bonus material:

Ignoring Your Emotions Is Bad for Your Health. Here’s What to Do About It (Time)

How to Control Your Emotions so Your Emotions Don’t Control You (Inc)