There is something else going on that society doesn’t seem to account for.
We see examples of this every day in our workplaces, our homes, our churches, our schools and our neighborhoods. We observe supposedly brilliant and well-educated people struggle, while others with fewer obvious skills or attributes flourish. And we ask ourselves why?
The answer almost always has to do with this concept called emotional intelligence. And while it is harder to identify and measure than IQ or experience, and certainly difficult to capture on a resume; its power cannot be denied.
IQ, personality, and EQ are distinct qualities we all possess. Together, they determine how we think and act. It is impossible to predict one based upon another. People may be intelligent but not emotionally intelligent, and people of all types of personalities can be high in EQ and/or IQ. Of the three, EQ is the only quality that is flexible and able to change.
- Quit Treating Your Feelings as Good or Bad
- Observe the Ripple Effect from Your Emotions
- Lean into Your Discomfort
- Feel Your Emotions Physically
- Know Who and What Pushes Your Buttons
- Watch Yourself Like a Hawk...
- Keep a Journal about Your Emotions
- Don’t Be Fooled by a Bad Mood
- Don’t be Fooled by a Good Mood, Either
- Stop and Ask Yourself Why You Do the Things You Do
- Visit Your Values
- Check Yourself
- Spot Your Emotions in Books, Movies, and Music
- Seek Feedback
- Get to Know Yourself under Stress
Adopted from the book "Emotional Intelligence 2.0" by Travis Bradbury and Jean Greaves