Strengthen Your Growth Mindset with Optimism

Strengthen Your Growth Mindset with Optimism

…oping. It’s deeply connected with the emotional intelligence competency of Exercise Optimism, the learnable, measurable skill for finding new possibilities. Here are our top emotional intelligence resources for strengthening a growth mindset at work, at school, and at home. Introduction: Growth Mindset Carol Dweck, now at Stanford University, began researching the concept of “growth mindset” in the late 1990s as a counter to failures of the “self-…

Emotional Intelligence Fuels Vital Leadership: Three Essential Skills for High Performing Leaders

Emotional Intelligence Fuels Vital Leadership: Three Essential Skills for High Performing Leaders

…e into action. The EQ competency most correlated with scores on Change is “Exercise Optimism,” which Six Seconds defines as “taking a proactive perspective of hope and possibility.” In a business context, Exercise Optimism might look like envisioning new possibilities and finding creative solutions. In a meeting, a leader strong in this skill will maintain openness and know there is a path forward, even when that path is unclear. As shown in Figur…

Vital Leadership: What are the skills of high performing leaders? (#16)

Vital Leadership: What are the skills of high performing leaders? (#16)

…with CHANGE… and, we found that scores on TRUST are actually predictive of EXERCISE OPTIMISM — forming a kind of virtuous cycle. If you think about leaders who are good at building Trust — why would that support them to Exercise Optimism? How can you use this finding?   FINALLY, in addition to the leadership outcomes we’ve been discussing, we also looked at the personal performance outcomes measured by SEI — wellbeing, quality of life, relationshi…

A Baker’s Dozen of Wellbeing: 13 Tips for Reducing Stress and Anxiety During Covid-19

A Baker’s Dozen of Wellbeing: 13 Tips for Reducing Stress and Anxiety During Covid-19

…is ball; it is remarkably easy to do and loosens those cramped up muscles. Exercise every day; exercise releases those endorphins; before Covid-19, Joni, a friend in South Africa, suggested I buy a rebounder, which is a mini-trampoline; I do 20 minutes a day on my rebounder and an hour on my treadmill every single day; when I do not exercise, I begin to feel myself getting anxious. Indulge in a craft; take up finger painting; all those colorful sw…

Key Topics in Emotional Intelligence

Key Topics in Emotional Intelligence

…t put the latest neuroscience of emotion to work for you. Growth Mindset & Optimism A “Growth Mindset” is about learning and developing, but how do you grow that for yourself and others? Here are our top resources for using the emotional intelligence skill of optimism for strengthening a growth mindset at work, at school, and at home. More Topics Coming Soon Empathy & Kindness Finding Purpose & Setting Goals Mindfulness & Emotional Intelligence St…

How to Deal with Anxiety & Stress: Essential emotional intelligence resources

How to Deal with Anxiety & Stress: Essential emotional intelligence resources

…ional workplaces Uncertain future including climate change Lack of sleep & exercise Loneliness / social isolation & disconnection from nature Lack of meaning & purpose How to Deal with Anxiety & Stress: Interactive eLearning, Free eBooks https://www.6seconds.org/emotional-intelligence/stress-buster/ https://www.6seconds.org/emotional-intelligence/ebooks/free-wellbeing-ebook/ From the best of our live-online GrowU classes, the eLearning is low-cost…

Back to School with Hope, Optimism, and, Maybe, Something More?

Back to School with Hope, Optimism, and, Maybe, Something More?

…e Six Seconds Model, we describe the emotional intelligence competency as: Exercise Optimism. Wishes are beautiful, gossamer creations of dream and longing. Optimism has sweat on its brow. I didn’t have a plan, I didn’t take the ownership of the solution. I didn’t consciously, actively do the exercise that makes optimism flourish. Yet unbeknownst to me, time was working within me, and something unfolded. This unfolding is the great gift of my life…

Illuminate: Strengthen the Muscles of Your Optimism

Illuminate: Strengthen the Muscles of Your Optimism

…rceive. What options are hiding from your consciousness? Click to tweet To exercise the muscle of learned optimism, we’ll use the TIE technique. First, identify a situation you’re currently experiencing where you might be practicing some learned helplessness… you might be feeling stuck or frustrated or you might feel like there are no real options for you. Now, re-affirm these three things for yourself about the situation: T: Temporary. This situa…

EQ Master Class Project Gallery

EQ Master Class Project Gallery

…h mindset: (1) Recognize Patterns, (2) Engage Intrinsic Motivation and (3) Exercise Optimism. At this stage, my hypothesis is based on my experience and learning. In parallel to this Master Class project, I am conducting a quantitative piece of research that looks at the potential correlations between mindsets and the three competencies. More details on this can be found at point 4 – Active experimentation. For the Master Class project, I will foc…

Exercise or Die?  Emotional Intelligence and Health

Exercise or Die? Emotional Intelligence and Health

…’t actually want to. So how do I shift from yuck to yea? How do I go from “exercise or die” to “exercise and live!”? I’m using several strategies: Questioning the underlying assumptions Accessing useful feelings Focusing on the larger purpose Questioning the Underlying Assumptions Questioning the underlying assumptions is about challenging my own thinking and feeling. I’ve “gone up the ladder of inference” to come to a conclusion that exercise is…

How to Be More Optimistic: 3 Vital Questions

How to Be More Optimistic: 3 Vital Questions

…caretakers had not gone through a learned optimism workshop. Optimism, for the win. “What could be if we valued teaching optimism like we value teaching math and science?” Click to tweet To go more in-depth with optimism and its role in emotional intelligence, read Exercise Optimism: How to Use Emotional Intelligence. If you want to be involved in Six Seconds’ global network of EQ practitioners, check out all your options with our article, Gettin…

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