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Be Successful with Emotional Intelligence

Part 1 of 4

"SIR! Could you help me please? I lost my way." The panicked little boy pleaded with the uniformed attendant to help him find the right train home. He calmly asked for his destination, checked the schedule and told him where to wait. His train was due in the next five minutes. Then he asked him, "Do you remember seeing a round and colorful statue before you reached here?" He nodded cheerfully. "That's where you should come off the train next time, so you won't get lost again."

Aren't you relieved that the little boy asked for help? Thankfully, the kind uniformed attendant was there to assist. We will meet him again as we explore this series on emotional intelligence.

Sometimes in the height of our emotional experiences, we can feel like the confused little boy. That is, we don't know where we are or how we got there. This ignorance can impact our behavior and the reactions of others around us. Additionally, if we cannot understand the emotions of others, it is difficult to interact and communicate with them. It doesn't have to be this way.

You can be successful by having emotional intelligence.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence refers to an individual's ability to identify, understand and manage his/her emotions, and the emotions of others [1]. It is broken into four parts.

First, it begins with knowing what you're feeling at any given moment and why you feel this way, plus understanding the impact of these emotions on others. It also means knowing how the emotions of others impact you. This is emotional self-awareness. This knowledge empowers you to practice self-management or control whenever you feel happy, sad, surprised, angry or fearful.

Emotional intelligence helps you to interact better with others. Therefore, the third principle is social awareness which enables you to accurately identify and understand the emotions of others. With this insight, you will be able to successfully manage your relationships.

The Victorious You

At Victorious By Design, we want you to experience victory in your personal and professional life, and one of the ways you can do so is to grow in emotional intelligence. Join us for our emotional intelligence series this month for helpful tips and tools for building this area of your life.

You can be successful with emotional intelligence.


[1] Emotional Intelligence: Why It Matters More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman



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