Understanding mindfulness and emotional intelligence.

What is being mindful? Do you have emotional intelligence?

Today, I would like to discuss the importance of understanding mindfulness and how to become emotionally intelligent. I fell upon this subject soon after my first week of midterms began. Wanting to excel in all of my classes should be my number one mission while in college, but in doing so I neglected myself and the people around me. My grades began to show the damage I was causing to myself and my friends, who depend on my support on a regular basis, became worried that I was I was not acting like my usually happy, positive self. So I took matters into my own hands and reflected on the things my success depended on. That is how I came into contact with being mindful and acknowledging emotional intelligence.

Mindful is defined as being conscious or aware of something. There are two main components that encompass being mindful: your body and your time.

Mindful of the body. When I first though of this I imagined the physical aspects of my body. Flexing my muscles, doing yoga to increase flexibility and participating in cardio to increase heart-rate are all wonderful activities to start the journey of being mindful of the body. But why should you workout? Christopher Bergland, a reporter for the online publication of Psychology Today writes that scientists have discovered a molecule by the name of irisin and when it is produced inside the brain while exercising. A chain reaction begins and has been proven to activate genes that involve learning stimulation and memory retention. Being active is not the only part of being mindful of the body, eating the proper nutrition also matters. “You don’t need another degree to boost your brainpower at work. According to one author and neurologist, if you want to work smarter, you have to eat smarter,” said CNN reporter Katie Pisa when discussing how different foods create the perfect balance so that your body and mind can function properly. Here is a more in-depth view of the article here.

Mindful of time. Being effective at work or in school can seem like an unreachable goal but with the use of the Pomodoro Technique, you can be on your way to having a productive life. This technique is designed to help limit the amount of time you need to complete a project while also limit the number of distractions you are faced with on a day-to-day basis. Here is a video with an overview of how to use the Pomodoro Technique. How here are the ___ steps to become a master of the Pomodoro Technique:

  1. Find out how much effort an activity requires.
  2. Learn how to avoid distractions.
  3. Make an accurate estimation on how much time it takes to complete the assignment you are working on.
  4. Use the time not just for the work but for a recap of the material and a review of the work just completed.
  5. organize your work based off of your schedule.
  6. Once original objectives are completed, set your own personal objective.

Master each objective then move on to the next.

Recognizing emotional intelligence. The final portion of staying connect to yourself through a positive professional life would be to understand how others respond to you and how you connect to others. At the business school on my campus, there are many workshops that students can participate in to build on their personal professional portfolio. One of these training courses is known as Actualize. This is a student-run business organization that is sponsored by a Fortune 500 Company and has the goal of empowering students to reach their full potential. The three components of emotional intelligence are Self-Awareness, Situational-Awareness and Systems-Awareness.

  • Self-Awareness: Prepare yourself for business by knowing what you want and why you want it.
  • Situational-Awareness: See the needs, problems, and opportunities of business by developing critical skills.
  • Systems-Awareness: Achieve your business goals by knowing how to inspire, influence, and align your network.

All of this information can be found on their website located here. I attending the first meeting that consisted of fun icebreakers to learn the other participant’s names, which actually turned out to relate to the component of being self-aware. Screen Shot 2017-03-17 at 1.29.28 PMThis was an understanding of what makes yourself you and how others also have their own characteristics that can support your abilities and talents. At the end of the meeting, I was able to speak to a participant of the program. Brenna McKeown is a third-year Marketing major at the University of Florida with a minor in retail and a passion for innovation.


Why you are deciding to take the step of becoming emotionally intelligent?

“It’s not only important to know what you do, but why you do it,” said McKeown, “being aware of your self and situations your in are the first steps towards being a great leader, and ultimately making a positive impact on the world.”

How Actualize is helping you succeed in your goals?

“It is like no other organization I have been apart of (in a positive way). 70% of this program is comprised of active challenging activities. The other 20% and 10% are made up of developing relations with other members and content. Actualize is also helping me be more accountable toward improving myself, I’m not doing it alone, but with other motived students,” said McKeown.

In the end, understanding how your body functions, how precious your time is and how to be more aware of your own intelligence and others emotional status can break the barrier from you reaching the peak of your own success.


Here is a quote to leave you with on how failure only lasts a moment of your time, not your entire lifetime.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

–  Winston Churchill




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