If you could get world leaders to agree on a priority for a better world, what would you choose?
Using Our Power
What will it take to get there?
Some people will say, ambitious changes like “ensuring health & wellbeing are the responsibility of governments.” Or, “as an individual, I have little power to protect life on land.” This might be true. It might be that none of us has much power. It also might be that story is a way to give up what power we do have.
Considering this quarter’s theme of “Growth” and the role of emotional intelligence in supporting us to grow… here’s another consideration: Instead of giving up because we don’t have sufficient power, what if we strengthened ourselves?
We can do this growing individually, and we can share. If you could teach millions of people and raise their awareness & ability — so they could advance the SDGs — what would you choose to teach?
Add Emotional Intelligence:
Research findings to power the SDGs from the inside out
In this year’s State of the Heart research (the world’s largest study of emotional intelligence, now spanning 8 years and 160 countries), analysis identifies three competencies that are most closely linked to achieving positive results today, namely:
PNG = Pursue Noble Goals (putting purpose into action)
EO = Exercise Optimism (creating possibilities)
EIM = Engage Intrinsic Motivation (fueling ourselves from the inside)
1. Pursue Noble Goals
Which of the Sustainable Development Goals is aligned with your own sense of purpose? If you could make a wish for one of them to flourish first, which would you choose? A powerful additional question is: Why? Considering the why behind your best choices might help you discover what’s at the core of your Noble Goal.
To explore the meaning of each of these goals, check out the Global Goals interactive website.
2. Exercise Optimism
What are 3-10 ways you, personally, could make this goal more present in your own life, community, and/or workplace?
People sometimes block their own ability to Exercise Optimism by dismissing ideas, “that won’t work,” “I can’t really do that” — don’t worry! In this step, you’re working to expand options, so keep adding ideas even if “impossible”
3. Engage Intrinsic Motivation
Looking at your list of options, which of those fuels you from the inside? Of course, work takes energy, but when work is aligned with purpose and your innate qualities and values, it can also GIVE you energy . Which idea comes closest to that?
#GoBlue with EQ
When leaders at Six Seconds followed the three steps above, we arrived at an “impossible” idea:
What if we could engage thousands of volunteers to, together, share emotional intelligence with hundreds of thousands of children?
This idea grew into the POP-UP Festival — the world’s largest emotional intelligence project… so far this year, together we’re going to bring joyful, powerful activities on emotional intelligence to over half a million children and adults — all by volunteers, all for free.
It’s not “the solution” to all the world’s problems, but it’s a start. It’s an invitation to say: We, we ordinary extraordinary people, we citizens, can step forward and make the world a better place. A little bit at a time.
And in so doing, we’ll make ourselves better people, a little bit at a time.
After all, governments are reflections of us. And if we want a different future, we need to grow our own strengths. So in the end, it boils down to a simple truth:
CEO at Six Seconds
Joshua is one of the world’s preeminent experts on developing emotional intelligence to create positive change. With warmth and authenticity, he translates leading-edge science into practical, applicable terms that improve the quality of relationships to unlock enduring success. Joshua leads the world’s largest network of emotional intelligence practitioners and researchers.
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