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A few years ago I saw Henry Rollins speak at a conference. Actually, speak isn’t the right word.
He screamed. He screeched and threw punches and stormed across the stage. He stood far from me, but it felt like he was bellowing into my face. One thing he yelled still blares into my mind sometimes:
“What do you want to do, but haven’t? Get mad. Get mad about what you haven’t done. THEN GO DO IT!”
Use your rage as fuel, he said. Think of what you want to accomplish and think of how pissed off you are that you haven’t done it yet. Build that rage and then use it to push you to act.
Anger becomes fuel for getting shit done.
Usually, we think of getting mad as an awful thing that we should try to avoid feeling. But cultivating your anger and purposefully using it to act is helpful, maybe even something you should practice consistently. Why is it that when we’re sad we feel like lying in bed, but when we’re angry, we feel like going on a long run? Anger can spur action, and it can help you get to where you want to go.
Get mad about what you haven’t done and go do it.