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How to master emotional discipline

Readers Lounge - By Gloria Nyang'iye | March 10th 2020 at 01:00:00 GMT +0300
Understanding and managing your emotions could be your key to success (Shutterstock)

It’s hard to run from your emotions because they eventually catch up with you. Certain places, such as your place of work, require you to leave your emotions at the door and display confidence and positivity. Understanding and managing your emotions could be your key to success.

Emotional Intelligence, which is known as Emotional Quotient (EQ), is an individual’s ability to master their emotions instead of their emotions mastering them. This helps them build solid relationships and achieve success in life. Below are four tips on mastering emotional discipline.

As cliché is it may sound, this quote is powerful: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde (Shutterstock)
  1. Don’t take things personally

This world can be cold and ruthless and some situations can really play into your emotions. You may have no control over what people say to you or about you, but you have control over how you react in these instances.

Instead of dwelling on negative situations, cultivate self-awareness because you cannot allow toxic people or less-than-pleasant situations define who you are. Once you know your own strengths and weaknesses, you will be able to react logically and not emotionally.

  1. Apologize when you’re wrong

Don’t view making apologies as being a Loser because it takes a great deal of strength and courage to admit that you’re wrong. Acknowledging your faults demonstrates humility, and being humble can open the doors of opportunity that you never even knew existed.

Put your pride aside and check yourself when you know you’re wrong. Nobody is always going to be right in every situation anyway.

This world can be cold and ruthless so don’t take things personally (Shutterstock)

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  1. Control your thoughts

Controlling your thoughts is a sure display of emotional discipline. As much as you don’t have much control over the external world, your mind is entirely your responsibility. Avoid becoming a slave to your emotions by filtering your thoughts.

In most instances, overthinking and worrying creates situations that don’t even exist. In turn, your emotional state can be negatively impacted. Grab the reigns of your thoughts and don’t sweat the small stuff!

  1. Be yourself

As cliché is it may sound, this quote is powerful: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde.

Do you know how much effort it takes to act like someone you’re not? It’s exhausting. You end up neglecting your true principles and core values and, one day, you’ll get tired of pretending and explode.

As hard as it is to be yourself in a time and age when we consume so much of other people’s lives on social media, resist the urge to avoid your true reality. Some people may not like the real you but the right people will accept you for who you are.

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