The Deadly Sin of “Wrath”
Let’s talk about the 2nd Deadly Sin of Wrath and how you can use it in business!
If you’ve just joined my Tribe, let me catch you up to speed. I’m doing an 8 part-blog series on the 7 Deadly Sins and how to utilize them to propel your business forward. Yes, you read that correctly! If you’d like to read previous blogs on this topic, start here.
Wrath, or Anger – can be an incredibly powerful force, because it represents passion. And passion can help us move past resistance. As we’ve explored in previous blogposts moving past your resistance is absolutely critical for your success as a conscious entrepreneur.
Your anger has to move you towards your goals – because it is really destructive to just hold anger in your own body. Folks who hold anger often experience symptoms like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, weight gain, migraines, and general body tension.
The beautiful thing about being a conscious entrepreneur is that you have the capacity to feel your emotions, and the emotions of others, exquisitely, but then it’s as easy to allow all of these emotions to get stuck in your body, especially anger!
So, how do you utilize anger in a healthy, productive way to reach your goals?
Anger turned into action is amazing. Simmering anger leads to depression, it hurts our bodies (literally) and it can move us towards destruction. Anger comes up when our boundaries have been crossed – anger is part of our natural fight response.
Anger wants us to stand and fight.
- What injustices in your own life really piss you off?
- What about injustice in the world?
- If you could use your life to send a big “Fuck You” to someone, what would that look like?
Take a moment and get in touch with who are you really angry at, because YOU allowed them to treat you with disrespect, or disregard? (Remember, channel these energies PRODUCTIVELY!)
We teach people how to treat us. Often we are angry at ourselves for allowing other people to disrespect us. So we immediately have to re-establish boundaries for ourselves that help others understand how to treat us. Then the threats don’t work anymore.
Really, that’s the first step: we have to allow ourselves to have healthy boundaries and to stick with them, and re-establish them as needed.
Sometimes we re-establish a boundary through our time (for example: not going to visit a family for a long period of time), through space (not allowing someone to crash at your house), or through money (not giving money to someone in order to placate them).
Here’s an example: The January 21, 2017 Worldwide Women’s Marches. A lot of women got in touch with their anger regarding the new US President and decided to take productive action. They decided to take action that was peaceful and empowering. Need I say more?
Anger does need to become action. Anger is a really productive emotion, but don’t wait for it to go away. When you turn anger into action you WILL feel better. There is a LOT of anger happening right now, especially in the United States.
Regardless of your political beliefs, keep in mind that your anger must exist in service to you, otherwise it will create harmful side effects in your life and business, and most traumatically in your own body. I cannot emphasize this enough! I’ve got the past experience of twenty years of bi-monthly migraines to prove how destructive anger can be to your own well-being when not channeled. So, let me give you the gift of saving you twenty years of turmoil.
It is in action that we find peace, and hope, and possibility. Give yourself that gift of action, however small or large.
Exercise: Ask yourself these questions:
- What injustices in your business or life really piss you off?
- What about injustice in the world?
- If you could use your results to send a big middle finger to someone, what would that look like?
- What result could you create that would really show that person how you are feeling (in a healthy, productive way)?
- What actions are you inspired to take to achieve this result?
Comment below and let me know what result you plan to create!
Now that you understand how to cultivate Wrath, in the next blog, we’ll explore the third Deadly Sin of Greed.