Emotional intelligence is a two sided coin.
On one side, there are internal emotions, those personally felt, and on the other side external emotions, emotions felt by others.
Emotional intelligence is something I wish would have been emphasized and engrained in me 10 years ago.
A topic area that applies to everyone, similar to personal finance, but few talk about.
To reduce your learning curve, here’s a summary of the first side of the coin, internal emotions.
To practice emotional intelligence with oneself requires a certain level of honesty and courage.
A willingness to face emotion that can often be less than desirable.
Consider, when was the last time you were honest and aware of how you felt?
Below is an emotion wheel to help identify a more specific name to what you might have felt.
Once you’ve identified the emotion, especially if it’s one you might not want to feel, resist the urge to ignore and burry it.
This is an element of who you are and it’s trying to tell you something important.
Maybe helping to identify a root cause that once removed will allow for a lot more joy.
Now try saying that emotion, “I feel [emotion]” and consider why.
This is by no means an exhaustive or complete process but rather ment to get the ball rolling in your journey towards emotional intelligence.
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