Remember those “old school” equalizers that were key components of home stereo systems? Recall how you would adjust each individual frequency just right to achieve the optimum in listening enjoyment? I miss my old Mitsubishi rack with 15″ woofer cabinets, EQ, automatic 8-cassette tape changer, turntable, tuner, and CD-player. My freshman year at Ball State University (1986), that stereo won the award for “Loudest Stereo in the Dorm”! Man, that thing could rock!
One of the components that made that system stand out was the EQ…the equalizer. It had adjustments for ten or twelve different frequencies on each channel, left and right. You could fine tune that system to get the music just right. The more time I spent learning and listening, the better I got at hearing every little nuance in each frequency. I took pride in having friends comment, “You’re able to get that sound just right.” There are adjustments you can make with your personal EQ to accomplish similar results.
Emotional Intelligence – sometimes called the Emotional Quotient (EQ) – is your ability to appropriately and successfully understand, manage, and express your feelings. It includes competencies such as self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness, and relationship management. “Good” bosses will likely have a high EQ. The quality of your relationship with your spouse and children will reflect your own level of EQ.
The key aspect of EQ is self-awareness combined with self-control. Remember, self-control is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and a necessary result of growing in faith. This require self-evaluation and taking time to “know yourself”. Although emotional intelligence addresses emotions, its focus is primarily your response to those emotions. In this episode we discuss EQ and the skills you can learn to improve in these areas.
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