Mindfulness means paying attention on purpose and without judgment. Simply put, Emotional Intelligence is the ability to be aware of yourself and what you're feeling, being aware of someone else and what they're probably feeling, and using all this information to guide your actions.
Emotional Intelligence includes aspects like Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Motivation, Empathy, and Compassion. I'll break it down a little more here...
- Self-Awareness: Being aware of our internal states (like emotions). When we are in the present moment, we are aware of these emotions as they arise, not after all the fume is coming out of our ears! Studies show that our bodies and intuition knows give us signals (example sweaty palms) before our mind becomes aware of it. SO, the sharper our ability to become aware of our emotions and understand them, the more ahead of the game we can stay.
- Self-Management: Managing these emotions and internal states. When we are present, we can share our thoughts, feelings, ideas etc in a more respectable manner vs. running around with a hot temper. This means we get to choose how we want to communicate our emotions to others. How are you going to communicate your frustration? Option 1: "Hey team I appreciate that we're all here together, but I wonder if next time we could send out an agenda to help clarify who really needed to attend the meeting. That way we can all be a little more effective with our time because I know we all have full plates right now." Option 2: "Well team, whoever organized this should have known better. If you were more "with it" you would have seen that I didn't even need to be at this meeting, what a waste of my hour!"
- Motivation: What gets you amped up? What drives you from your core? When you are present, you stay connected and aligned to what is driving you to make decisions. But the first step is to become aware of what these drivers are. This is crucially important for personal values to align to organizational values - this makes productivity effortless!
- Empathy & Compassion: Connecting with others. When we stay present, we know how to truly understand with someone (and no this does not mean you have to agree with them). This also does not mean that you have to take on the feelings for them. There is no fixing needed. Instead, you just need to be there. For example, if a friend tells you about a hit and run that damaged their car perhaps say "Yeah wow that's awful, I'm sorry this is happening. I don't even know what to say, but I'm here with you." instead of saying "Well at least you have another car". Studies have shown this is a core foundation to building trust, report, and high-performing teams!