October 18, 2022
Your Emotional Intelligence Will Take You Farther Than Your Talent Alone Ever Will
I’m sure you’ve heard the term emotional intelligence over and over and over again. I’m sure you’ve heard about how important it is to have emotional intelligence. Some call it having a high EQ: emotional quotient. There are countless articles that delve into this. But I want to sum it up in one short sentence. From my perspective, emotional Intelligence is all about how well you can handle pressure and offense: point blank periot. And yes I meant to put a “t” at the end of “periot”.
It goes without saying, offenses are going to come. Somebody might cut you off in traffic and then have the audacity to throw their middle finger up at you. Somebody might hop in front of you in line at the grocery store. Somebody may steal your parking space when you clearly had the blinker on signaling that you were waiting for that spot. Somebody might take your spot when you took your time to drive around to the perfect gas pump. Somebody at work may lie on you and try to sabotage you. Somebody in your personal life may betray you. Somebody may have promised you something and they never delivered on their promise. Somebody may have caused a problem and then blamed it on you. Ok, I think you get the point. I could go on and on and on about how you may encounter offenses. The real question is this: how well do you handle these offenses?
I’m going to keep it real. Emotional intelligence is both a skill and an art. It is also a learned behavior that comes with wisdom and maturity. As you mature, you will realize that not all battles are meant to be fought. Picking your battles is a very wise thing to do. Otherwise, you would not have any energy left for the things that matter.
In my younger years, here is how I would respond to offenses: Look to my left, look to my right and then ask, “bitch who you think you talking to?” After that, I proceed to kick off my heels and get in my southpaw stance. I used to love watching Oscar de la Hoya’s southpaw stance during his boxing matches. But anyway, I digress. Now that I am wiser, I choose my battles. But let’s not get it twisted, if you run up on me, you will get that southpaw.
I’ve learned how to use emotional intelligence to my advantage. There’s a peace in knowing that the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s. Run your leg of the race and then pass the baton to God. The sooner you learn to leave it be, the higher you will go, and the more peace you will have. And let me tell you, a peace of mind is priceless.
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