Master Of My Emotions


"I will be master of my emotions;" so begins Scroll VI in typical Mandino style. We start with the tide that advances then recedes. Winter changes to summer and back to winter… to end with "my moods will rise; my moods will fall."

Shortly thereafter he comes with a plan of battle for awakening. I will review a few of them and add my thought. "If I feel depressed I will sing." This might work for most people and probably does; but in my case my voice is so bad I would scare myself and anyone in ear shoot. "If I feel sad, I will laugh." Now this one should work for everyone and I like it.

"If I feel uncertain, I will raise my voice." This one scares me assuming the people that use this one carry it on most or all of the day. Can you picture being in a room with a lot of uncertain people. The noise would be horrendous. Also, there are times where raising one voice while feeling uncertain could get you killed.

"If I feel incompetent, I will remember past success." I agree with here completely on this one. And have used it many times in my sales career when things did not seem to go my way, no sale no pay. I'm also thrilled that he corrected his statement "I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad" from Scroll III. Maybe Scroll III was written while just absorbing to much of the fruits of the sixties.

Another one I totally agree with is "If I feel fear, I will plunge ahead." There are many reasons that I agree with this but the most important one is fear can be a big motivator. I'll just give two examples. In business you can use fear to heighten your senses to pick up on nonverbal information; body langue, delays on receiving responsive or a lost look in someone eyes; verbal data like change in pitch, tone, hesitations or tenor. Whether presenting a presentation, addressing fellow employees or customers there is some much information you can gleam when your senses are heighten.

As always Og end the Scroll VI on a positive note.
"I will become master of myself.
I will become great"

I do agree with the overall aim of each scroll but found Og style after Scroll II to be a distraction to the overall message he was trying to convey. I now read The Greatest Salesman In The World realizing that I only pay attention to the overall theme of each scroll and not the details that Og includes.

Some interesting fact about  from WikipediA on Og Mandion: 

Augustine "Og" Mandino II (December 12, 1923 – September 3, 1996)  born in Natick, Massachusetts.

He became a military officer and a bombardier and flew for thirty bombing missions over Germany on board a B-24 Liberator during World War II.

After his military duties, Mandino became an insurance salesman.

Went through some rough times then he read hundreds of books that dealt with success, a pastime that helped him alleviate his alcoholism. It was in a library in Concord, New Hampshire, where he found W. Clement Stone's classic, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, a book that changed Mandino for the better.

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  • John Kennedy
    March 21, 2015

    Quite a tie-in between this weeks blog and your very first blog Jerry. I love it……especially when Og talks of fear. Remember your cougars & bears?? 🙂

  • March 15, 2015

    Neat! At a company training two weeks ago, one of the speakers said that the idea this is a world of balance is ludicrous; if it were, the temperature would be seventy degrees the world ’round and there would be no seasons or climate differences. I resisted what he said until I remembered Scroll 6

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