Decades of research has shown that people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs, 70 percent of the time. How’s that possible?

For many years it was believed that IQ was the main source of success.

However, many years later and more research showed that emotional (EQ) intelligence is in fact the critical factor that sets apart top performers.

A whopping 90% of top performers have high emotional intelligence. EQ is responsible for 58% of your job performance and people with high EQ make $29,000 more annually than their low EQ counterparts (Talent Smart).

So what is emotional intelligence? It’s the ability to recognize and understand our own moods, emotions and drives and their effect on others. Emotional intelligence is self-awareness, our ability to monitor and regulate our emotional states, to identify and name emotions.

Emotional intelligence is a crucial ingredient in managing our behavior so we can make decisions that yield positive results.

Signs that you have a high EQ are the following:

YOU CAN IDENTIFY YOUR EMOTIONS AS THEY OCCUR. Unfortunately, only a third of us have this ability, which is a major problem because unlabeled emotions often go misunderstood leading us to make irrational choices and counterproductive actions.

YOU EMBRACE CHANGE. You are flexible and have learned to adapt. You know that fear of change is paralyzing and a major hindrance to success and happiness.

YOU KNOW YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES. You lean into your strengths, use them to your full advantage while you work to improve your weaknesses.

YOU ARE EMPATHIC AND ENGAGED. We are empathic when we understand the emotional makeup of others and treat them accordingly. To be fully engaged is to be committed to emotional growth and when we find ourselves lacking, we reflect, and acknowledge our need for further development.

For more information on this highly important subject, read Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goldman or visit the #1 online provider of EQ, Talent Smart.

Many of these topics are also covered in my book Journey to Self-Esteem, Learn to Love and Appreciate Yourself.    

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