Is Your Emotional Intelligence Holding You Back From Success? – IQ Vs EQ
If you are starting out in a career, looking for a change of career, or just stagnating in a job that you’ve been in too long, and not progressed to the level you feel you should have, then the current economic climate will make this period of your life seem like a daunting challenge.
Perhaps you feel that you are under qualified and never really fulfilled your full potential in the academic arena, or perhaps you fell that you are over qualified for many of the jobs out there? It may come as a surprise to you that in fact your intelligence level or IQ has been shown to account for only 20% of your success in life. What plays a defining factor in those that succeed and those that remain to be content (or not) with mediocrity is the level of Emotion Intelligence (EQ) displayed, rather than Intelligence (IQ).
Emotional Intelligence is defined by 5 main areas:
1. Self-Awareness – understanding your own emotions
2. Managing Emotions – Controlling your own emotions
3. Self-motivation – Channelling your emotions towards a goal
4. Empathy towards others – Recognising the emotions of others
5. Handling Relationships – Managing the emotions of others
A great deal of research has discussed the right and left sides of the brain and how they function differently. One thinks and one feels, and it is those that have the ability to balance the two sides of the brain as they go about their lives exponentially increase their chances of success. Emotions can often cloud logic when making difficult decisions and dealing with difficult situations, but the good news is that unlike IQ, you’re EQ can be developed and improved just like a skill. There are a number of ways that you can work on improving yours such as:
? Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and really look at things from their perspective. Try to feel what they are feeling and think about how they might react in that situation.
? Eliminate negativity from your life – always take a positive outlook on life and surround yourself with people who do the same
? Learn from your mistakes and successes. Take time to reflect back on experiences and situations and replay different scenarios and outcomes
? Visualise upcoming situations and walk through in your mind exactly how you want them to go. Imagine the variations and prepare for them.
Remember – success is not an accident. Those who have a achieved greatness educated themselves and took action in their lives.
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