YES, YOU CAN DEVELOP YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE SKILLS
Have you been listening to concepts such as Emotional Intelligence, Self-Awareness, Emotional Management, Motivation, Empathy, Resilience...?
Have you already read a few books, attended a conference or even done a programme on the subject?
Do you feel that little or nothing has changed in you, or in the way you lead?
Do you still find it difficult to manage your emotions, especially in stressful situations?
Do you notice how you are not able to "slow down" and sometimes "explode" in a given situation?
Do you find it hard to stay motivated, to be clear about what you want and to "pick yourself up" after any misfortune, setback or failure?
Would you like to lead in a more effective, conscious and healthy way?
To do this you need to change certain deeply ingrained habits, you need to do things differently, not just understand that they need to be done differently, and this requires at least three steps:
1º. Realise it (be Aware)
2º. Want to do it (be Motivated to do it) and, from then on
3º. Doing it (changing the Habits, little by little)
And doing so (changing habits) is possible, it is just a matter of time. All the skills related to Emotional Intelligence are trainable, Neuroscience has taught us that. The secret: the neuroplasticity, that ability of our brains to change/adapt according to what we think, pay attention to and DO on a constant basis.
To put it more bluntly: If you want, for example, to be more empathetic, you will have to practice empathy in your daily life ...and you will end up being more empathetic.
Easy to count, but, as we all know, change is not easy!
Well, here's a second "secret": This will be helped by the Mindfulness or the ability to pay attention to what is happening (to us). And, of course, we will need to train for it. In other words, it will be like going to the gym and building muscle, in this case the "attention muscle". The practice of Mindfulness will help us to focus the mind, to be more attentive, to know how to stop, in short, to develop, as I said, the "attention muscle" and "realise", to be more and more aware (that's the thing about going to the gym to train, it pays off 🙂 ) and do, if we want (2nd step), things differently (3rd step); be it being more focused/concentrated, stopping before reacting compulsively, knowing what happens to us/what we feel, being more empathetic, more resilient, or leading more efficiently.
In short, Neuroscience teaches us that training the mind (adopting mindfulness mental processes) helps us to develop Emotional Intelligence skills, to acquire new habits. It is not enough to read a book, or attend a conference!
And this is what makes, among others, the Search Inside Yourself Program (SIY). The emotional intelligence programme based on mindfulness and neuroscience developed by Google and most requested by its employees. A programme that offers you a 28-day challenge to make the necessary change of habits possible. See here info about the SIY programme, the campaign, which has already been carried out by hundreds of organisations and more than 100,000 people around the world.