I was talking to a friend today about the topic of unwanted negative emotions. I was reminded of a book I read recently with the title, “High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way” by Brendon Burchard. The book is based on a study of over 100,00 high performers. Not only does the book focus on career ambitions, but has a lot to say on the topic of staying on what is truly important.

One tip in the book is to decide in advance how you want to feel in each situation we enter. For example, even if it is just a phone call, set your intention on what you want yourself or others to get out of the situation. What do you want as a result of the conversation for you and the other person on the call with you. Decide on intentions you want from the call. Also, name the feeling you want as a result of the call. The purpose from life is to get from the process of life, not just to move through it. Presence is a huge focus to get joy from our lives.

Think of your day in advance. List everything you plan to encounter and simply ask what you want from each task or encounter. Also set an intention. You will be amazed how much more juice that comes because of this one simple practice.