How Mentally Strong People Avoid Mistakes
By Sandy Schroeder
Life tests all of us from time to time. Relationships flounder, jobs disappoint, or friends let us down. Somehow we have to find the right answers to move ahead. Mentally strong people tend to see these situations as simple challenges to be solved, rather than baffling problems.
Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that services 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, says the difference may be in their grasp of emotional intelligence (EQ). Bradberry says we can all use EQ to our advantage as we learn how to understand our own emotions and read those of others. Then we can interact smoothly, moving through intricate social demands, and making day-to-day decisions to consistently score well.
To get started, check this list of critical things emotionally intelligent people carefully avoid. Many cab be tempting traps,
Letting fear win – If you need a lot of courage to pull off a big presentation, don’t let that stop you. Each time you power through one it will get a little easier. Whatever challenges you need to face can be overcome. It’s not always easy, but it’s so much better than the alternative
Always needing attention – People who are insecure tend to keep reaching for reinforcement to tell them who they are. Know who you are and what you do best and then just go ahead and do it.
Hiding out in a comfort zone – To keep improving your emotional intelligence, take a close look at your comfort zone. Nobody does everything perfectly. When you spot little glitches, chuck them and look for more.
Not believing in yourself - Letting failure win can seriously undermine your confidence, making it that much harder to win the next time. Don’t buy into that. Think of previous efforts that have been successful and jump back in the game.
Hanging on to grudges – It takes a lot of energy to hang onto a grudge, and nothing good comes of it. Using emotional intelligence to figure out what went wrong and reaching out to the person to reconnect positively can make a world of difference. Try it.
Putting up with negative people – It’s possible to be too polite if you routinely tolerate negative people that absorb time and energy without contributing anything. Find ways to step away when you seem them coming.
Whatever your emotional intelligence score is, keep working on it to learn more. The more mentally strong you become the easier everything else will be.
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