Emotions are chemicals released in response to our interpretation of a specific trigger. It takes our brains about 1/4 second to identify the trigger, and about another1/4 second to produce the chemicals.
This need to succeed and achieve is more critical now than ever during these turbulent economic times, when so many people are competing for so little. At a time when we need to be at our strongest and most assertive we can find ourselves paralyzed by the fear of failure and our own limiting beliefs in our ability to perform.
Many, if not all organizations today face the reality that change isn’t happening every few years but rather that it is happening continuously and at a rapid pace. There is a need to ensure that people have the skills, awareness and attitude to make change happen. Rather than change from a plan, people across the organization need to engage.
There is a growing urgency to be practicing Emotional Intelligence now more than ever before. Sometimes it takes an obvious physical pain before we realize that we need to give support both emotionally and physically.
This is the first of 8 competencies that we’ll be exploring over the next few posts. Emotions are chemicals that provide data about yourself and others. The ability to notice, name and understand your feelings is known as Emotional Literacy.