By Seth D. Cohen
As I was driving home the other day I looked at my fuel gauge to make sure I had enough gas. As I was looking at the fuel gauge I started thinking . . . . Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had an emotional gauge that showed us whether we were emotionally empty thus penalizing and diminishing our abilities, or were we emotionally full, propelling us and allowing us to be successful and significant?
Although an actual gauge doesn’t exist, we need to mentally visualize this gauge so that we can allow our emotions to work for us, instead of against us.
When I developed the motivational zones concept, I tried to convey that different levels of motivation occur at different times of the day. They key is to identify what zone you’re in and adapt accordingly. The same is true for your emotions – motivation and emotions go hand in had. Utilize your gauge to be attuned to how your emotions are affecting you. Always remember that your emotions have an impact not just on you but on others as well.
Emotional gauge = emotional recognition + emotional insights
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