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'EQ & Self-Awareness' from Your Talent@Work with Shawn Kent Hayashi

EQ & Self-Awareness

Posted: Feb 1, 2011

Welcome to February! Time to celebrate Valentines Day and appreciate those we love! I also think of February as a great time to do an emotional check up. So this month we will be focused on how we are using our emotions to impact and inform our conversations.

I'm inviting you to do an EQ check-up.  My Valentines gift to you is a complementary EQ assessment that will show you how you are doing in Self Awareness, Self Regulation, Motivation, Empathy, and Social Skills.  Click here to complete the assessment. You will receive your report in email as soon as you complete the questions.

This week we will focus on Self Awareness.  There are seven core emotions that show up chemically in the body:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Hope
  4. Sadness
  5. Envy
  6. Anger
  7. Fear

This understanding changed my emotional awareness! To be emotionally intelligent you need to know which of the seven emotions is currently operating in you at any given moment, and how to intentionally use that emotion to inform your actions. It's helpful to have a map to guide your direction. Some cars have a Global Positioning System (GPS) that enables you to know where you are at anytime. Think about these seven emotions as an interactive "emotional guidance system" that shows you the map of emotions so you can identify where you are now and where you would like to be.

To build your awareness ask yourself the question, "What am I feeling now?" several times each day. Observe how what you are feeling impacts your conversations.  What are you feeling now?

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