LEADING YOURSELF WITH EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
“Steve, you’re going so fast and you’re so uptight you just missed the turn. Now we need to backtrack.”
Julie Gutzler in the passenger seat on I-5.
We have always been blessed to take a lot of vacations. When our kids were growing up Disneyland was our annual destination. It’s the “Happiest Place on Earth,” except not for me. I would get uptight, impatient, ticked off and stressed out. Julie, my wife, was the calming anchor. I was the raging ship. Even though the kids were fine and always had a blast, I always felt hurried allowing the crazy crowds to choke out the fun of the moment.
For me the biggest battle in life is against myself. Not against my wife, kids, the people I lead, or the people who have influenced me- it’s against me. I would find myself wondering what I could do if I could only lead myself more effectively.
“Playing Big” is about playing your best. It’s “You version 2.0” It’s about playing, living, and leading at your highest level.
Recently, we went on another vacation to Mexico and I was finally able to slow down. I enjoyed the moments and enjoyed being with my family. Even through some of the quirky events we crossed while in Mexico, I was able to “Play Big” and roll with the punches. My family seemed to relax more and were able to enjoy Dad more as well (making me realize, again, that my emotions are not only affecting me). It was like I was experiencing some new private victories in “Leading Steve.”
Play Big: Key Pointers
- Eat clean
- Act to win
- Find the good in the day
- Breath… Breath…
- Slow down
- Practice appreciation
Now that we have two of the ten weeks up and running, a pretty good feel of the series should be developing. I think you will enjoy this series on PLAYING BIG. I hope my real-life experiences and my journey of learning to Play Big will help you connect and will provide some insight to the difficulties of really building an emotionally intelligent self. I promise, that despite all the challenges, the payoff is more than worth it- it’s Extraordinary.
Don’t miss next weeks post! PLAYING BIG PART 3 including more on EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
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