Brian Braudis’ 1-Minute Morning Memo: November 4, 2019 – A Foundational Skill

A foundational Skill for Emotional IntelligenceAwareness is a foundational Skill for Emotional Intelligence. If you can be aware, you’ll remain wide awake amid confusion, uncertainty, and ignorance. This grounding is rare today.

With keen awareness, you’ll self-manage so well that others will think of you as masterful.

  • You will respond more than you will react
  • When others are backbiting, you will remain socially aware
  • You will have clarity on what matters most
  • You will know the value of flexibility and adaptability

Awareness is a foundational Skill for Emotional Intelligence

We could say awareness is analogous to space. You’re not overflowing, ready to erupt from pressure, tension and internal conflict. You have the space for others’ problems, issues, and shortcomings. When you are aware, you know that complaining, criticizing, and judging others based on their faults is counterproductive. You don’t want to add to problems. You want to cure problems.

You are not moving the needle when you react with low awareness. Low awareness is like working with a toddler; it’s mine, I’m right, you’re wrong, because I said so, I’m not arguing. I’m explaining why I’m right!

A lack of awareness is noticeable. It creates a ceiling. You will only get so far. Can you see how a lack of awareness clouds and blocks what is best in you?

In June, I wrote about Emotional Intelligence. Awareness is fundamental for Emotional Intelligence. If you can’t be aware of your feelings, what is pushing your buttons, you will not be effective. Also, when you walk the hallways at work, people will tend to go the other way and you’ll  wonder why. You’ll blame others, label them as the enemy and carry that resentment around like baggage.

Free yourself. The gap between awareness and low awareness is filled by focus, intention, and making an effort to be a little better than you were yesterday.