Great leaders practice self-actualization by continuing to improve themselves. Self-actualization enables leaders to bring creativity, innovation and an open mind into the workplace.
In my last blog, What’s Your Score?, I discussed the first emotional intelligence competency, Self-Regard. Let’s move onto the second competency, Self-Actualization.
Self-Actualization is the ability to live a life of fulfillment, meaning and purpose – doing what you were ‘meant’ to do.
Let me ask you, do you feel fulfilled in your life?
Most of us have areas in our life where we feel fulfilled, and others where we are not. You may feel like you are missing something…you want more, and believe you can do more, but are stuck.
So what can you do to feel more satisfied, passionate, and enthusiastic about your life?
When I am feeling unfulfilled, there are three simple acts that I do to feel more content.
1. Exercise my way into happiness
Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. On days that I don’t feel like exercising, I just commit to running on my treadmill for 5 minutes. I mean, who doesn’t have five minutes?
2. Take time to recharge
We are human, and not machines…and even machines, as well all know, break down after being overused. We too, need to be turned off, put on sleep mode, and recharged. So, take some much-needed time for you, and schedule rest.
3. Have fun
Studies show that learning and creativity are enhanced when we are having fun. Not sure what fun looks like? Think back to your childhood. What did you love to do as a child? Inject some child-like playfulness into your daily activities.
Being self-actualized means first discovering, then pursuing, what really matters to you, and that is what fulfillment is all about.
If this post has you curious and you’d like to learn more, watch my video on leading with emotional intelligence (training program available in both face-to-face and online delivery formats).
Join me next time as I continue to break down the emotional intelligence area of Self-Perception, and explore the final competency in this area, emotional self-awareness. Until then, self-actualize and revitalize!