Updated: Mar 7
At this point in life, we've (almost) made it halfway through 2020 and I don't know about you, but...I'm pretty exhausted already! We'll get through this blog and you can catch your next nap just in time for the kids to start screaming again, the dogs to bark at nothing for hours, and the water on the stove to boil over because you forgot (again) you were making the screaming kids and barking dogs some good 'ol mac 'n cheese...YUM! (Wait...dogs don't eat...ah, whatever...just dump the leftovers in their bowls!)
Listen, there's a lot going on in the world today. Businesses have closed, jobs have been lost, some businesses are reopening, jobs may or may not be available...it's craziness. But we do have some level of control amidst the chaos...our thoughts and our behaviors. Yup, it's true. You are the master of you, and when you tap into that power, you're tapping into your Emotional Intelligence or EQ. Yes, you heard it correctly in your brain...eee-mo-shun-ul in-tell-eh-gents.
Let's talk about it...well, I'll talk, you can sit back, grab your drinks and snacks and listen!
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OK! We're ready for Waypoint 5 - Emotional Intelligence!
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) centers around our ability to identify and manage our own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. This allows you to develop and maintain better communication skills and relationships. You must develop a genuine interest in yourself and others; the good, the bad and the emotional!
Emotional Intelligence Defined
"Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence is generally said to include at least three skills: emotional awareness, or the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions; the ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same." (Psychology Today, Emotional Intelligence)
Now, here's the thing. While we are most certainly responsible for our own choice words and behaviors, we are not responsible for those of others. What EQ allows us to do is IDENTIFY and UNDERSTAND the behaviors we see in ourselves and others. We can only directly effect behavioral changes in ourselves, but through increasing our EQ, we gain the ability to INFLUENCE and ENCOURAGE behavioral change in others.
Let me explain...
Now's the time to make sure you refill your coffee, grab snacks, put your feet up, earbuds in, sound on and click PLAY below!
Here are some bonus references you can circle back at a later time and dive deeper into the topic...
Cheers to growth!
Keep learning and growing, friends! See you at Waypoint 6 - Relationship Building.