Our emotions are powerful motivators, and more than almost anything else in our lives they will drive our behavior.

Sometimes our greatest challenge is to get inside our own heads to understand what makes us tick.

Why do we feel and behave the way we do?

    Highly motivated, positive people are focused. The mind is clear, and energy levels are high. Also, many things can hold you back and prevent you from becoming all you can be. One of those things is... Emotional Baggage.

    I know two family members who were best friends, but several years ago, one reminded the other of something that had happened thirty years earlier. One thing led to another and, you know what, they haven't spoken since.

    Anger or resentment is like a cancer, and when you let it go untreated, it will put an invisible ceiling on your future. You don't know it...but it does.

    William Ward identified the cure when he said, “Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the handcuffs of hate.”

    Those are powerful words, and I know from personal experience...forgiveness works.

A few times in my life I've been greatly wronged and taken advantage of. My first reaction, of course, was anger and resentment. I held it for awhile and felt my stomach tie up in knots, my appetite wane, and the joy slip out of my life.

The quote from Ward provided the wake-up call I needed to forgive the person who had wronged me.

It was like I had been playing the first half of a basketball game with three-pound steel shoes, and in the locker room the coach said, “Mac, try these new Nikes in the second half.”

Multiply that by ten and you'll understand how great it feels to unload your “emotional baggage” through the power of forgiveness.

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This is an excerpt from The Power of Attitude, By Mac Anderson.

Mac Anderson is the founder of Simple Truths and Successories, Inc., the leader in designing and marketing products for motivation and recognition. Mac has authored or co-authored nine books: 212°...The Extra Degree, Change is Good...You Go First, You Can't Send a Duck to Eagle School, The Power of Attitude, The Essence of Leadership, The Nature of Success, The Dash, Charging the Human Battery, and Finding Joy.