Big Idea: Anger
Anger is a natural response that all men face at some level. What you choose to do with this anger determines if anger can be a positive motivator in your life or a negative channel that can hurt you and many of those around you.
Anger is a natural response to many situations men can face daily. The question is not do we get angry, the question is what do we do with the anger we feel. The bible says; “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your wrath.” Ephesians 4: 26
Most men fit into one of three categories with the anger they feel: either reactive, passive-aggressive, or direct. Which one are you? How do we channel the anger in a manner that can produce healthy results?
- Do not be afraid to recognize and call out that you are angry. It is important to name what you are facing.
- Focus on the issue at hand and the people involved rather than the strong emotion you are feeling.
- If you are trying to solve a problem let your anger motivate you to keep moving forward keeping in mind the first two points. Let it not be about your anger, but about the passion to resolve an issue.
When you face anger, what is a typical fallback approach? Is that a healthy approach or is there something you might try differently next time?
Additional content found in the book Overcoming Barriers Men Face by Dr. Jim Grassi.