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5 Emotional intelligence secrets to the best work-life: PART ONE

This is the first of five (5) Emotional Intelligence secrets to the best work-life. In the introduction, we broke down, how to be emotionally intelligent, and self-awareness is the number one (1) on the list.

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool - Richard P. Feymann

Self-awareness is having a deep understanding of your emotions, strengths, weakness, and needs. People with strong self-awareness are honest with themselves and with others. They recognize how their feelings affect other people and their job performance.

In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is an impression in which you mistakenly rate your ability as greater than it is. It is related to the concept of feeling superior and comes from being unable to recognize your lack of ability - Wikipedia

Do you learn from your mistakes and correct course? Do you think about what your boss and colleagues have to say about you?

A lack of self-awareness can harm you greatly and hinder growth at work, delay achieving goals or building lasting interpersonal relationships.

How do you become more self-aware and increase your emotional intelligence?

  • Ask for feedback

  • Recognize your strengths and flaws as well. It is said that if you know your flaws no one can use them against you

  • Embrace failure but don’t dwell on it

  • Consistently self reflect - be your own critic

  • Monitor your self-talk and question your decisions

Understanding how you are perceived by others is key to personal growth. It is an important component for developing your potential, establishing your identity and building vital relationships that will give you the best work-life. More on this in Part 2.

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