Emotional Intelligence and Building Relationships

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is essential in building and maintaining relationships. It goes without saying that hard skills are needed to be effective at any job but it is often your soft-skills that create longevity and the evolution into leadership roles.

What is EI? Well basically it’s the ability to recognize, understand and manage your own emotions AND recognize, understand and influence the emotions in others. Understanding the emotional condition of human interactions can help minimize misunderstandings and can help build more connected teams.

EI is important because it helps guide you when you find yourself in high pressure situations. Companies who engage employees with EI have staff who are motivated, productive, efficient and in alignment with the company goals and values. The employees are also effective, happy, confident, likeable and rewarded.

So remember, your soft skills are very important in your success but also underestimated. Tap into your emotional intelligence and when you learn to work with emotions, you learn to work with everybody.

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“Leadership is not domination, but the art of persuading people to work towards a common goal.” ~ Daniel Goleman

“Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.”  ~ Daniel Goleman


It only takes ONE!

It only takes ONE good contact to get your company on the fast track to success.

You may be thinking, “my years of hard work and dedication will never pay off.” But let me tell you that everything you have done all of the sweat, tears and endless nights staying up late working, praying and a lot of times worrying will all pay off when that ONE comes your way.

And when that ONE opportunity comes knocking on your door you can rest assured that you are prepared because all of the fruits of your labor will culminate into one big ball of SUCCESS and ACHIEVEMENT.

Even if you are being tasked to work on a project, develop a strategic plan or do something that is completely out of your scope of expertise; your previous work experiences will kick into play and before you know it; that ONE will multiply into another opportunity and those opportunities will continue to grow making your struggles seem like a bad memory of the past.

All of your past failures (and if you are anything like me you have had your fair share…) simply prepare you for the success that is inevitable.

It’s important to remember that with each failure you experience; you are ONE step closer to reaching your dreams!

So, while you are working towards the ONE here are some tips to generate that ONE contract to help you reach your goals.

1. Pray
2. Stay focused
3. Work smarter; not harder
4. Be dedicated
5. Be true to you
7. Network (on and offline)
8. Believe in your abilities
9. Learn from your mistakes (The first time!)
10. Remember when it’s your time and meant for you; no-one and nothing can stop it from happening

Keep in mind, you are a work in progress, you are prepared and worthy of all the good things that are coming your way.

So remember to keep your nose to the grind and incorporate the above tips and be patient – your time is coming.

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he/she has overcome” ~Booker T. Washington

“Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they’re really not. They’re companions ~Lawrence Shane

It’s All About Attitude

Attitude – that’s what it’s all about…attitude. When you venture out on your own and decide to start a business endeavor it is important to have confidence, to always be prepared and to have a positive attitude (no matter what is thrown your way.)

Once you start marketing and branding your company everything you do and say will be under a microscope. So check out these 10 tips to ensure your attitude is in tack!

1. Fear is inevitable so use it to motivate you and push you towards success!
2. Identify what is going well with your business and focus your motivation on the good.
3. Do not allow your worries to diminish your ability to stay positive.
4. Change your perception to positive outcomes (Remember the Power of Perception) Instead of looking at an issue as a problem; view it as a challenge that will benefit you and your company.
5. Reduce your stress level (exercise is ALWAYS a great stress relief and will help you stay positive.)
6. Improve your client relations – Listen to what your client has to say and make changes to benefit you and your client to move your company to the next level.
7. Become a better leader – Lead by example, stay focused, have a good sense of humor and always stay positive!
8. Consider how negative thoughts may be affecting your business related decisions.
9. Practice positive affirmations (Draft a few empowering sentences which are directly related to what you hope to achieve with your business and any future aspirations you have for your company and repeat as often as you feel you need to.)
10. Create a positive attitude in your workplace (even if you are a start-up and have a home office) people are attracted to people with a positive attitude and they enjoy working for and with positive thinkers. It is infectious!

So, in a nutshell, recognize fear is inevitable (how you channel it is what matters), identify the good, stay positive, change your perception, reduce stress, improve client relations, become a better leader, consider your thoughts, practice positive affirmations and create a positive attitude!

When you incorporate these 10 tips into your business; you will notice your life unfold positively and wonderfully well!

“Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.