These are just a few of the things that can be learned in 5 minutes that will help you in a lifetime.

Whatever decisions and actions you take each day shape and mold your life and your future.

Many times, all the negative impact you have on your life, your family, your  friends and your work colleagues are the result of an imbalanced thinking and the follow through of angry thoughts and feelings into actions. 

Imbalanced or asymmetric thinking:
We all need to enhance our thinking process and we can all do this with simply a little bit of exercise. With activities such as a brisk walk, running, jogging, cardio at the gym, swimming, push-ups or even lifting a few weights; we get more blood flow to the brain and thus can think better, come up with better ideas and make better decisions.

Controlling emotions and actions:
When we get angry emotions that lead to angry actions, we need to stop and transmute all those emotions into something else such as vigorous exercise or an activity we really enjoy to get our minds and our thoughts processing as we begin to get calmer.  For example, if someone made you angry and you want to get on the phone and “rip them a new one” then maybe try and not dial their number, act as if you are on the phone with them and get all those thoughts and feelings out. THEN, go for a jog or a walk, listen to some heavy metal music or just lift weights; think about the consequences your actions could have caused not only you but your family as well. The negative effects of those actions such as job loss, inability to pay bills, and the embarrassment of such a split decision action. Once this is done then maybe get your thoughts and feelings organized and coherent and speak to the person or persons you were angry with earlier. You may even wait a day or two to really process your emotions and then speak to them not with anger but with facts on the issue.

GREAT LEADERS never let their emotions show:
They stay focused and on course. They look at facts and figures and keep angry emotions away from the workplace. This does not mean they do not get angry, or flustered. This just means they contain themselves in the workplace and release or transmute those emotions elsewhere. They take actions and even the blame when things go wrong, they contain the problem and solve the problem as quickly as possible. They analyze the facts and make clear decisions and actions when needed. Thus, it is far more important to have an unbiased, calm, methodical, and clear thinking than to operate with anger at the work place.

To have read this post should have taken you 5 minutes and in those 5 minutes you have now learnt skills that, if you practice and make them a part of your personality will ensure that you get respect, build trust and have the skills in the workplace to become a leader.

Over the long term, you will realize that you will stop getting angry, build patience, have better thoughts and take better actions.