Emotional Intelligence [EQ]

We’ve all heard quite a bit about IQ, intelligence quotient, which is a number within a range that is said to represent a persons reasoning ability. There are a multitude of tests that have been developed that claim they’re able to determine your IQ. Some of them are extremely complicated and time consuming while others are not so much. It was not until just a few years ago that I heard of emotional intelligence, also known as EQ or emotional quotient.

Emotional Intelligence is described as “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” by the Oxford online dictionary. Today’s modernized world is so focused on business, progress, and success. You can find these principles scrawled amidst the halls of quite a few places of work, squeezed in between the lines of the profit margin. Surely we haven’t forgotten what business is all about?

If we take a step back and look at the preparation we are given in the form of a traditional education, where is the emotional intelligence section? One can go their entire educational career possibly without even hearing such a word uttered in the halls let alone in the lectures. The sharpened tip of a spear is worthless without the shaft just as a home is not a home without first entrenching a foundation. I propose to you that EQ is just the same.

Consider a world in which we develop a strong EQ in the beginning. If everyone went through such a learning experience would we then be capable of greater things in the realm of business, success, and profits? I most certainly believe that we would, do you? It goes without saying that the aforementioned rings the bell in the people department. We are the sole proprietor of our services and without other people we’d have no service to give in most cases.

Fortunately each and every one of us gives home to the seeds required within for such emotional development. When watered these seeds have the potential to grow into something magnificent. There are many books out there that can help us understand emotions and even how to manage them. Human beings are emotional machines and I believe its time we owned up to that beautiful aspect of ourselves. Anger, irritation, and depression are all naturally occurring. There’s nothing wrong with experiencing these states of mind but equipping ourselves with the right information we can learn to manage things like this and much more in a very healthy way.

We did not come with an instruction manual but there’s much to learn.

I wish for you happiness, peace, and well being friends.

“Everyday stand guard at the door of your mind.”

Jim Rohn

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