Proverbs 4:6 (NKJV) Don’t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you; love her, and she will guard you.
We must develop and learn the art of managing our emotions.
Is it you, or have you developed the unfortunate habit of letting other people, or stressful situations, determine the quality of your thoughts and the direction of your day? Who is in charge of your emotions?
If you’re wise, and if you’d like to build a better life for yourself and your loved ones! You’ll learn the gift to manage your emotions before your emotions manage you. Human emotions are highly irrational, decidedly unpredictable, and often unreliable.
Our emotions are like the weather, they can change from day to day. So, we must learn to live by faith in God (Hebrews 11:1), not by the volatility of our own emotional ups and downs. Sometime during this day, you will probably be polarized by a strong negative feeling. Learn the gift of handling them, and fight back.
The gift is turning the emotions over to the Lord. Your emotions will inevitably change; God will remain the same.
Emotional intelligence can be developed and learned.
Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets strong and emerging leaders apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that we know 90 percent of top performers have high emotional intelligence.
When emotional intelligence first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: People with average EQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly-held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success.
Emotional Intelligence fundamentally means: The capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. True leaders at any level show their leadership primarily through managing their own emotions. After all, the only things we can control in life are our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and if we can manage those, we can lead our families, organizations, and communities, from anywhere in the hierarchy.
Point to ponder
God is the stabilizing gift and factor in regulating your emotions. However, we need to invest some of our time in learning and developing our emotional intelligence quotient.
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