Are you aware that Emotional Intelligence is what separates the best performers from the rest of the pack.
Emotional Intelligence is something which cannot be measured easily. However it does play a critical role in how each one of us manage our own behaviors, navigate social complexities and make personal decisions to move ahead in our respective lives.
Emotional intelligence, on the other hand, is a flexible set of skills that can be acquired and improved with practice. Although some people are naturally more emotionally intelligent than others, you can develop high emotional intelligence even if you aren’t born with it.
Over the years, working with Senior Executives and Entrepreneurs has given me some deep insights to work on one’s Emotional Insights. However what I have mentioned is not the only way to work on one’s Emotional Intelligence, but it will give you a good heads up for sure.
Manage Your Negative Emotions:
Negative Emotions is something which I have come across as the main culprit. When I do work with my clients closely, I realize that more often than not, it overwhelms them and eventually affects their judgement.
I always tell this to my clients “In order to change the way you feel about a given situation, one must first change the way it is represented internally. One might not have the power always to change external situations.
However you, as an individual will always have the power to change the way you think about it.”
Manage Your Stress & Stay Relaxed:
I know this is easier said than done. However unregulated stress can and will skew your Emotions and eventually erode at your Emotional Intelligence. If you are someone who is exposed to stressful situations day in and day out, then it’s time to stop everything right now and do whatever it does take, to manage your stress and work towards being more relaxed.
One of the easiest things to do to overcome stress is to be more physically active. I am a big believer of “Motion dictates emotions”. The way you use your body affects to a great extent the way you feel internally.
Focus on your breathing and the moment you begin to take in deep breaths you will feel the tightness of the muscles decreasing and in no time, you will begin to feel more relaxed. There is immense power in just regulating your own breathing and most of the people do not breathe properly.
Yes! Most do shallow breathing through the day, rather than deep breathing from the diaphragm.
Work Towards Being More Proactive & Assertive:
Being Proactive & Assertive is just like building a new muscle group. I remember working with a Client couple of years back,who was always reactive and used to get stressed more often than not. This eventually made him to be more pessimistic and look at every situation negatively.
However he did reach out to me at the right time and within couple of weeks,he was putting his effort in being more proactive with his team and family.He became more assertive & Proactive in due course and now we laugh about it, when we speak about how reactive and pessimistic he was at one time.
Take small steps every day and look for situations, which will make you be more Proactive & Assertive.
Manage To Bounce Back From Failure:
Each one of us go through failure every day in our life. No one is immune to failure in life. However how each one of us choose the way we think, feel and act in relation to failure can make the difference in our trajectory.
Every time I encounter a failure in my own journey I always step back and see what I can learn from the given situation. Some of my biggest learning has in fact come from failures and if you do ask constructive questions. you will gain some amazing insights.
Falling down after failing is OK, but not getting up is the choice we make.What are you choosing from today??
Each one of the above steps is guaranteed to play a big role in improving your Emotional Intelligence. As you train your brain to repeatedly practice new behaviors, your brain does build new neural pathways to make them into a habit.
Before long, you will begin to respond to situations without even having to think about it. The more you work on these new habits, the old habits begin to taper off & you will begin to use less of them.If you’ve tried everything that you can possibly can, but find yourself struggling to improve on your Emotional Intelligence, then click on the link below
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Besides working with clients 1 on 1, I also engage with corporate teams through my Group Coaching Sessions.
Are you an executive who’s looking to increase your team’s Emotional Intelligence? Then mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org to bring in the much needed change within your team.