When we speak about emotions we need to recognize that they can impact our judgement, actions and achievements in both a positive and negative manner. Try to recall a time when you encountered an emotion – let’s say elation or happiness. This emotion was most likely experienced because you achieved something positive in your life, such as time spent with friends or family or an accomplishment in the workplace. Ask yourself how this positive emotion made you feels; did it impact on your humor, your stamina or the way you interacted with others around you? Now, envision a memory of a less positive emotion, such as animosity or exasperation. This emotion may have surfaced for a number of reasons, perhaps a work colleague said something you disagreed with or a close friend let you down. Ask yourself the same question, how did this emotion affect your actions? Did you act in haste or say something you would later regret?
To embrace Emotional Intelligence (EI) we need to understand that it comprises a number of different skills that assist us with recognizing and acknowledging the emotions of others and indeed within ourselves. The use of Emotional Intelligence skills is equally as important as the use of intellectual skills (IQ) for achieving accomplishments in your working and personal life.
Regardless of your status, or position in life or work, every person on this planet interacts with others in some way. When we are aware of our own emotions, and understand how they affect our everyday behavior, we have opened the door to success and achievement in both our working environment and in our home life.