Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed that the world seems to run at high speed? It’s like you are chasing reality and it’s hard to catch up! Now let’s turn that around. If you ever noticed that when you are operating in your zone – that place where you are in control and everything’s working that it’s easy? In fact, perception might even slow down so that you feel like you’re in charge.
Here’s something to try the next time your world is running out of control. Take a deep breath. Then take another. Re-oxygenate your brain so you can think clearly and then intentionally slow the pace. The two cornerstones to emotional intelligence are self-awareness and self-management. First you notice the stress (your emotional trigger) and then you choose to pause, take a deep breath and slow down the pace so you can respond rather than react.