Emotional intelligence is when you finally realize it’s not all about you. —Peter Stark
You want to know the truth? Today’s health-related post was supposed to be about supplements.
However, at the very last minute, my heart changed for today’s topic. This is proof that I really do write in real-time, ha! Anyway, I wanted to talk a little bit about EQ or emotional intelligence today.
If you’ve never heard about emotional intelligence, I highly recommend you keep reading this article.
With what’s been going on around the world, the time to learn about emotional intelligence is more important than ever.
WHAT IS EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE?
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” EQ is the ability to identify, understand, and use your emotions effectively and positively in any situation you’re in.
HOW DOES LEARNING ABOUT EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE HELP ME?
A person with a high EQ can help themselves and others communicate better to improve relationships. EQ also helps us to be better equipped to take on and overcome any challenges in life. For example, instead of reacting to a difficult situation, we are responding to it.
The goal should always be to improve and increase your EQ. The higher your EQ is, the more you’re able to control and manage your emotions. When you can manage and control your emotions, you can think clearer. And when you are in a space where you can think clearly, you can make better decisions.
HOW ELSE CAN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE HELP?
Since people with EQ skills know how to control their emotions, they also know how to reduce their anxiety and stress. And doesn’t everyone want to reduce stress in their life?
It’s understandable to be discouraged during times like these, but I beg of you to harness the negative energy you feel/put out by others and redirect it towards good.
By all means, I’m not saying to ignore what’s going on and stay in our happy little bubbles. What I am saying is that we shouldn’t point our fingers at others for the problems at hand. It’s easy to blame someone else, but doing that means we’re not focusing on contributing to the solution.
When was the last time we looked at our own actions? As we grow, part of that growth should be seeking to understand others. That’s when things change for the better.
Self-awareness is the key to changing the world.
As our hearts grow, we begin to speak positive words that others need to hear. As we start to evolve, we begin to give through our actions so others can receive.
I refuse to be numb with what’s going on around the globe. I believe change can happen. However, it begins with us. Change happens within ourselves first and only then can we start changing the world one person at a time, beginning within our own homes.“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi Click To Tweet
“How can I be part of the solution?”
Don’t use your energy by focusing on what others are doing (or not doing). Channel your energy on what YOU can do. If you want to know how you can be part of the solution, learn the principles of emotional intelligence (EQ/EI) and arm yourself with EQ.
I’m personally certified in emotional intelligence because of my EQ mentor, Jen Groover, practicing EQ has changed my life. Friends, I promise you that Jen’s courses will be worth your time. Don’t just follow her, but also read books on emotional intelligence, communication, leadership, and self-love.
Doing these things will change your relationships and your life for the better. And from an indirect yet personal experience, you never know whose life you can change or save with this knowledge, including yours.
Do you know what Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is? If not, what do you want to know about it?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I’d love to host a discussion about this topic right here on the blog.