In some cases, emotion creates motion. The Menendez brothers were driven by emotion to kill their parents. O.J. Simpson was driven by emotion to break-and-enter into a room at the Palace-Station Casino to steal his old football memorabilia back at gunpoint. Emotion drove an obsessive Enya stalker to stab himself after being ejected from her parents’ pub in Gweedore. US House of Representatives Congressman Anthony Weiner was moved by emotion to send nude photos to women via his Twitter account. These crimes of passion were all pretty gnarly and emotions can lead to positive motion as well, but my point is this: In other cases, motion creates emotion.

Put Your Positive Thoughts Into Motion To Feel Positive Emotions.

Bob Proctor once said, “Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand.” Similarly, Mark Victor Hansen said, “You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands: your own.” The goal is to put your body into motion doing positive things that will yield positive emotions. If you were to go to one of those motivational life coach seminars, they would tell you to “build a dream board” and assemble pictures of the life you wish to manifest. For me, it’s just a matter of getting a good workout in, which manifests positive feelings that invigorate me to accomplish more with my day. For others, it might be making a to-do list that creates a rush of feelings and motivation, or partaking in an enjoyable hobby that invigorates the spirit.

Not Happy? Change Your Motion.

Some people find tremendous joy just by physically moving somewhere new. Or maybe you need to create new rituals that will put you into a proper frame of mind. “Don’t think you can attain total awareness and whole enlightenment without proper discipline and practice. This is egomania,” said Lao-Tzu. “Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and life energy toward the light. Without the discipline to practice them, you will tumble constantly backward into darkness.” If you’re feeling negative about your mornings, then change your game plan. Get up earlier, take some time to read the newspaper, have a cup of coffee (sitting down!), walk your dog, say goodbye to your family, and take a leisurely drive into work. If you’re not content with your client roster, then set a new promotion up to draw in leads. Motion and the act of being busy and doing things to work toward your objective will make you feel better.

Control Your Emotions Through Motion.

Physical activity is a part of a Personal Trainer’s daily life. Yet, we tend to think of physical activity as “work,” so we may forget about the importance of using motion to control emotions outside of work. If you’re feeling upset with someone, take a walk to calm your jangled nerves. If you are feeling lethargic, get up and get your blood flowing. If you want people to listen to you, change your tone of voice and gesture slightly with your hands to emphasize what you’re saying. Every day you should get out of bed asking yourself, “What is it that I really want out of life?” And, more importantly, “What actions can I take today to get there?”