Emotional Intelligence can be defined as the ability to both understand and manage your emotions while understanding and respecting the emotions of others. The more flexibility and intelligence you have with your emotions, the better you can handle your relationships and the potential ending of those relationships. Furthermore, parents with strong emotional intelligence can pass down the self-awareness skills to their children.
How To Build Your Emotional Intelligence
Make a list of what makes you happy and sad.
Evaluate and understand why you are letting the negative things on the list into your life.
Reset your expectations for negative people and set boundaries.
Ask your most honest confidants for their completely honest opinion on specific parts of yourself.
It is your responsibility to accept and appreciate any feedback you may be given, and use it to improve yourself.
Give yourself 15 minutes per day to write your emotions and evaluate how things have made you feel.
How To Leverage Emotional Intelligence During Divorce
Know that you cannot change anyone, but you can set boundaries on how you need a partner to act in order to manage the relationship.
Understand that divorce can be an opportunity to focus on yourself instead of allowing someone to take from your emotional bank account.
Your former partner was likely not the right person for your forever.
Learn from your previous relationships and get better because of them.
Ultimately, building your emotional intelligence will help you appreciate the people who respect your boundaries, become more self motivated, and grow as a person.
About Rich Bracken
Rich Bracken is a national speaker, author, and the host of Enrich Your Soul podcast. He is dedicated to helping people and companies establish sustainable change and improvement in their approach to achieving their goals. He is most easily reached at his website, RichBracken.com.
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