Do you consider yourself an intelligent person? What about an emotionally intelligent person?
Your answer to the first question better be, “Yes!” (you’re reading this empowering information aren’t you… sheesh). Your answer to the second question better be a stronger, “Yes!” or at least, “I’m definitely working on it.”
What is emotional intelligence, and why is it important?
Emotional intelligence encompasses so much that it’s impossible to drill it down into a simple meaning. Rather, I’ll share with you two of the most profound components of it.
Emotional intelligence is being able to feel how you want, when you want, and to guide your own behavior accordingly (that’s part one).
Emotional intelligence is being able to monitor other people’s emotions, and to utilize that emotional data to influence and navigate relationships (that’s part two, and it’s definitely in the secret sauce).
We are often indoctrinated with the belief that the environment will dictate how we feel. We live in constant reaction mode because no one has ever sat us down to train us on developing our emotional software.