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Podcast Towards Mood Mastery

February 14, 2021 Neil
The Really Useful Show
Podcast Towards Mood Mastery
Show Notes Transcript

How would you like to move towards Mood Mastery - Mastery of your Emotions? is here to support that drive towards inner peace

I've been a Moodscope User - a member of the community at - for years.  Why?  Because I regularly have to take decisive action to maintain a state of good cheer and good courage.

Arrayed against me are formidable foes, who sometimes seem invincible... but they aren't.  They are pointing in the wrong direction!  The main driving force of my life is towards inner peace, harmony, and mood mastery.  And I have formidable friends working towards this with me.  Their names are Mr Interested, Lady Inspired, Professor Excited, Sir Active, Mrs Determined, Dr Strong, Lord Proud, Rev Enthusiastic, Ms Alert, and Team Attentive!

By strengthening just a single one of my allies, I can win the day.
Equally, by weakening just a single one of my foes, I can with the day.
You can too.
You can join the battle and win.
Moodscope is here to help you.
The test enables you to understand where you are starting from today, and make an informed decision as to how you will improve your position as you move towards Emotional Mastery.

Towards Mood Mastery

In my lifetime, in this country, my generation has enjoyed peace as the dominant state of the Nation.  The majority of us have enjoyed prosperity beyond all generations before us, and we have experienced plenty.  These are generalisations but useful ones.

Outwardly, we have peace and plenty, yet inwardly the majority still lack peace – leading, instead, what Thoreau described as lives of quiet desperation.

Moodscope is an instrument that points us towards Mood Mastery.  The test can be accessed as often as we wish, and it scopes out how strong we are on 20 indicators of ‘Mood’.  10 are helpful in moving us towards Mood Mastery, and 10 will set us back on the path to inner peace.

Here are The Moodscope Indicators with their descriptions.

In the test, they are always randomised – one blue and then one red card at a time

Blue Unresourceful

Hostile             feeling unfriendly towards others

Afraid              feeling frightened about something

Scared             feeling alarmed about something

Irritable           feeling easily annoyed

Nervous          feeling worried that something unpleasant will happen

Upset              feeling sad and troubled about things

Distressed       feeling extremely anxious

Jittery              feeling agitated and edgy

Ashamed         feeling shame for doing something wrong or foolish

Guilty              feeling regret for doing something wrong



Red Resourceful

Interested       wanting to be involved in something

Inspired           feeling the desire to do something

Excited            looking forward to things

Active              feeling full of energy

Determined     being resolute, showing determination

Strong             feeling able to cope with difficulties

Proud              feeling sense of achievement

Enthusiastic    showing eagerness

Alert                being quick to notice and act

Attentive         paying close attention

In this message, I want to offer new hope.  It is my personal hope that I am moving in the direction of Emotional Mastery, that I will finish my life’s journey in better emotional health than at any other time in my experience.  I can imagine this like a huge arrow pointing towards future inner peace and well-being.

Pointing in the same direction are 10 arrows when I am interested, inspired, excited, active, determined, strong, proud (in the good way of being pleased with an achievement), enthusiastic, alert, and attentive.

Against these positively energetic friends are set 10 fiends, hell-bent on stealing my energy, killing my joie de vivre and destroying all hope for peace.  They are the arrows of hostility, feeling afraid, scared, irritable, nervous, upset, distressed, jittery, ashamed, and guilty.

Here’s the fresh hope IF, like me, your BIG arrow points in the direction of inner peace and well-being.  The hope is that only a slight change can win the day.  If we have set our hearts upon emotional mastery – that is the dominant course for our life.  Knowing our friends and our foes means that we can intentionally pay them attention one at a time.

Anything I can do to increase my interest in life will help tip the balance in favour of positive change.  Anything I can do to decrease my sense of feeling hostile will also help tip the balance in favour of positive change.  Strengthen my friends, weaken my foes – both ways work.

Thus, my call to action for myself and to anyone else who is keen to see a shift is to use the test to ‘test’ our current position.  Then to choose a single mood indicator – fair or foul – to shift today.  Choose a realistic target.  For example, I am unlikely to feel excited for a long time because of our current challenges but I can well imagine feeling proud of something I’ve achieved.  I may set out to achieve something I can feel more proud of to lift that score.

I know that walking in Nature reduces any sense of being jittery or irritable, thus I may decide, instead, to go for a longer walk than normal.

The same psychologist who came up with the arrow model – Kurt Lewin - also discovered that sharing goals made it ten times more likely that we will take action.  If you choose to, you could share your single intent today so that we can cheer you on and cheer you up!