When I was younger, I would often hear, “God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason, Nicole. Use them proportionality.”

At the time, it didn’t mean much. As I’ve gotten older, the message is loud and clear. If we’re talking more than we’re listening, we might want to evaluate this little thing called emotional intelligence.

At Inspire we’re gearing up for leading a development session on emotional intelligence next week and we think this is one of THE topics of the year. Think about it, how many of us are either suffering ourselves from a reduced level of emotional intelligence right now or more vividly see others suffering from it?

It’s easy to point the finger at others and their low emotional intelligence. We’d advocate taking a step back and looking at your own. Here’s a fun little read from Verywell Mind on emotional intelligence that might help us check ourselves before we wreck ourselves.

Let’s see, in the past 90 days or so, have I:

  • Argued a little more with others than I’d like? Check.
  • Disregarded the emotions of others a time or two? Check.
  • Been a wee bit insensitive at times? Check.
  • Gotten a little high and mighty on my opinions? Check.

Check, check, check, check, check – a million checks!

Now, more than fricking ever, we need empathy, understanding, and the ability to hear the perspective of others. If we’re just pushing out our thoughts and opinions – guess what? It might be time for a little thing called self-reflection.

Balancing our brains with our heads is always a little healthy, ya know?