According to the Institute for Health and Human Potential, E.I. or Emotional Intelligence means being aware that emotions can drive our behavior and impact people both positively and negatively and learning how to manage those emotions – both our own and others – especially when we are under pressure.
Just like any other cognitive ability, emotional intelligence takes time and commitment to develop. Increasing self-awareness and boosting your confidence is one of the first steps you should consider. If you become emotionally intelligent, many doors will open for you.
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Developing your E.I. will help your business grow exponentially. Here are some ways on how to do it. Enjoy!
1. Create a Positive Mindset
The key to unlocking the Potential Door is setting your mind to a positive attitude. When we think negatively, we attractive negative thoughts, emotions, people, and circumstances. On the other hand, thinking positively helps us connect with our inner selves, stay strong, and face any obstacles we might encounter.
Here are some quick guidelines that might help you out:
- Remember how strong you are. You are not what you label yourself as. You are strong, you are human, you are love, you are kindness, but you are not your emotions. Understand this, and you’ve already taken a step forward.
- Accept it. Embrace the things that are not comfortable for you. The first step to creating a positive mindset is accepting that there’s not only positive in this world. There’re negative people, circumstances, occurrences too. When they happen, accept them, embrace them, learn from them.
- Understand that you decide how to react. Understanding that you are not able to change circumstances is crucial; the only thing you can change is your reaction to them.
- Love yourself. Tell yourself how much you love you every single day. Appreciate the efforts that you’re making to keep your mind and body safe. Appreciate your power. Accept yourself exactly as you are.
Life does not guarantee you anything – we don’t know how much we have left to live. So, why not make every single moment of our lives, the best moment? Creating a positive mindset will help you accept who you are – and this is the only way to progress further on.
2. Empathize with Others
In the business world, empathy is one of the most powerful tools one could possess. Focusing on your clients’ problems will give you a taste of how it feels walking in their shoes. That way, you’ll understand their perspectives quickly and securely, so you’ll know how to help.
To empathize with others,
- Listen more than you talk. Don’t hear, listen!
- Examine your behavior. Are you obsessed with being right? If so, revise that attitude.
- Be curious. Be inherently interested in what others have to say and challenge their perspectives by asking smart questions.
- Try to see things from the other person’s view stand. People are not trying to be evil and convince you they’re right. They only want to be listened to.
Developing empathy is one of the most beautiful and useful efforts you could make. If you lack selfishness and care about others genuinely, that’s when you truly succeed; because being a kind human is more important than anything.
3. Know What Stresses You Out
Understanding your stress factors is a vital step in your progress. In the end, knowing both your qualities and weakness makes you a complex person.
“When I first realized my reactions were inappropriate, I became very ashamed of myself. There’s no excuse for such behavior, especially when it can easily influence your career. Now that I’ve changed, I can see how my client-interaction skills are growing and expanding limitlessly. You just have to open your eyes, that’s it,” shares Kayla Creighton, freelancer at EssayOnTime and world traveler.
After you’ve identified what stresses you out, think of ways to solve these issues. If you know that not checking your e-mails as soon as you wake up will interfere with the rest of your day, check your e-mails as soon as you wake up! Do whatever makes you feel peaceful.
4. Be Mindful
Last but not least, developing mindfulness is a pivotal point in your career. If you do, your success rate will exponentially grow; if you don’t, you might walk down the success ladder.
An excellent way to practice mindfulness and thus, increase your overall E.I. is meditation. Here you can find a thorough guide. Enjoy!
Nowadays, emotional intelligence is as valuable in our life as IQ. You can develop it by creating a positive mindset, empathizing with others and actively listening, knowing your stress factors, and increasing mindfulness. Good luck!