No. 106 Practicing EQ – Optimism Is Learned

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. Research shows that people with high EI have greater mental health, job performance, and leadership skills.

According to Joshua Freedman, CEO of Six Seconds, the Emotional Intelligence Network, there are 6 practical ways to develop greater emotional intelligence;

 Tip #4: Optimism Is Learned

Research shows that optimism is actu­ally a skill that is learned - it is not a fixed trait.  Whilst an individual may have a predilection towards optimism or pessimism, they can learn to respond differently. Optimism is defined as ‘hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something.’ It is the ability to confront reality with the conviction that problems that arise can be solved.

Optimism is a cornerstone of resilience, and an asset in achieving any kind of success.  The key is to view setbacks as temporary, isolated (not pervasive), not personal & within your power to fix. Every obstacle has a solution. Successful leaders acknowledge the seriousness of the problem, but choose rather to focus on finding the solution, thus exercising optimism and strengthening the growth mindset.

According to 6Seconds, EQ = blending thinking + feeling to make optimum decisions.  How well are you blending yours?

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