Build Your Emotional Capacity
Your level of emotional capacity is deeply connected with how you manage the little voice in your head and interact with others and with the quality of your relationships. When you see two people of seemingly equal intellectual and physical capacity achieving very different outcomes, it is quite likely due to an imbalance in emotional capacity.
- Friday Forward – Emotional Capacity
- Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
- Do something small that changes your daily routine. Some options: Eat lunch at a different place. Walk home or to work a different way. Change your start or end time by a few hours.
- Share something on social media that demonstrates vulnerability. It could be a struggle, a fear, or a frustration.
- Make a list of the five most important personal and professional relationships in your life and put it on your desk.
- Sign up for an activity you have never done before that has an entry fee and a due date. This will also advance several other areas of capacity building.
- Pick something you have previously thought that you could not do, ask yourself why, and then keep asking why each time you answer (up to five times). Then propose a solution to each answer.
- Create a “relationships dashboard” of the thirty most important people in your life and pick one name each day to reach out to. It could be a call, email, or even a handwritten note.
- If you want to learn more about the power of cognitive dissonance, I strongly suggest reading Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts, by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. It is one of the most important books on relationships and mindset I have read.
Quotes from Elevate
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”-Henry Ford
“You can't get a fresh perspective on something you never step away from.”
“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.”-John Foster Dulles
“It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” -Elinor Smith
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.” -Yogi Berra
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” -Jim Rohn
What are your limits? Care to break them?
In Elevate, entrepreneur and author Robert Glazer reveals four life-changing principles – or capacities – that will allow you to overcome self-limiting beliefs, establish positive habits, and find your “why.” The key is elevating yourself beyond the edge of your current abilities. Challenge yourself, and the result will inspire others to rise along with you. Take it a step further and join the 100,000 leaders from around the world who read his weekly Friday Forward inspirational e-mail.