Hope you all are well and getting outside to enjoy some of this Spring weather. As my blog readers know, getting outside in nature to relax and renew is an important part of self-care. Don’t miss the Spring! And as we transition from Winter to Spring, it’s a good time to consider the transition to the world after the Pandemic.
Recently, SIYLI (Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute) conducted a global survey that included 59 countries. In that survey, 85% of respondents reported that Emotional Intelligence skills were critical for the present and in the near future for all of us, personally and professionally! We need now, more than ever, to deepen our human, heart-centered skills to make some big transitions.
Here are the article highlights and some excellent tips:
- Many of us are probably feeling a mixture of both excitement and anxiety about returning to (a new version of) “normal” life.
- The future we are shaping will require authenticity and vulnerability—pillars that we collectively strengthened over this last year.
- Human-centered skills like mindfulness and emotional intelligence can support our re-entry process. These skills support us to reflect on what we learned. Then, we can integrate those lessons as we build a new and better future for ourselves and our world.
- Take it slow.
- Some companies are requiring their staff to return to the office five days a week. This can cause a lot of stress. Consequently, you may need to relieve stress by taking more time to rest and recharge in the evenings and weekends.
- As more people begin to meet and attend events, you may notice those old feelings of FOMO (fear of missing out) creeping back in. To fight FOMO, cultivate a practice of JOMO (joy of missing out). Do this by engaging in solo activities you love with mindfulness, gratitude and appreciation for where you are.
- Remember, social connection is an essential contributor to our well-being.
- Take time to reflect.
- In order to emerge into a new and better world, we cannot return to the “normal” we once knew. This new reality will require us to reflect on what we learned, what went well, and what still needs improvement. In this way, we can integrate the lessons to build a better future both for ourselves and our communities.
- The future of work will include the legacy of this pandemic, incorporating more remote work and emphasizing human-centered skills. This moment of transition asks leaders to reflect on what’s most important as we build more inclusive, equitable and more “human” organizations.
- Embrace change by getting curious.
- In fact, in SIYLI’S 2020 research, “navigating uncertainty” was identified as a top organizational priority. Uncertainty has always been a part of life. if we want to not only survive change but thrive amidst uncertainty, our best bet is to strengthen our ability to adapt and accept changes as they come.
- We can grow emotional intelligence competencies like adaptability and resilience with practices like this meditation: “Finding Inner Calm”. Mindfulness is a driver for curiosity—it helps you manage stress which builds resilience and opens up the mental space for curiosity, creativity