I want to take this opportunity to introduce a wonderful colleague of mine, Kim Hill! She will be the guest blogger today. It is pretty cool to have her share her expertise with you today because she will be talking about learning something new, living outside your comfort zone, which is exactly what she is doing by blogging! So cool! So cool!
Emotional Intelligence growth really requires us to try new things outside our comfort zone. Yes, it can be hard, painful and overwhelming at times, but really, that is where the growth, “The Magic” happens.
…the new techie version of yourself 🙂
I have never blogged before so this is something I am trying for the first time too! I understand the uncertainty and fear associated with trying something new.
Let start by defining “Something New” … let us start with the things it is not! … drugs, sex and rock and roll.
Let us say the something new is…
Meeting new people,
Doing a class presentation,
Driving a car,
Going to a job interview,
Going on a date.
The difficulty with trying something new is…We really do not know what to expect!
That is what makes it NEW!
….and very challenging!
Sometimes our thoughts and our worries take a hold and sometimes will not let go!
….all of the “What if this happens”, “what if that happens”, “what if I look stupid?” , “what if people laugh at me?”, “What if I fail!”, “What if I cannot do it!”, “What if… What if?“
…and remember your early learning self…
Let us not get paralyzed by the “what ifs”, no matter how loud, no matter how interfering they can be.
…let us go way back…way back when you were young and inexperienced…
Think about the first time riding a bike.
A few attempts later…
…..maybe even a few falls
….but all of a sudden…..
You were able to RIDE A BIKE!
I just want to take a moment to say that Emotional Intelligence growth is uncomfortable and overwhelming at times, but so worth it. Growth in the 15 Areas of Emotional Intelligence can help you learn new things, take on the challenges in your life, help you to manage your stress and, most importantly, you will have the tools to become the best version of yourself.
I will upload an Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire to help you assess where you are at
and set some growth goals.
Thank you so much to those who have emailed me comments! I love hearing from you 🙂
Dr. Heather Drummond, EdD (Counselling Psychology)
Counsellor * eSuccess-Coach * Passionate Advocate for Student Success