July Newsletter: Time to Reflect

    That’s a wrap!

    The first 6 months of 2019 are well and truly done. For me, it’s time to reflect and show some serious gratitude.

    Congratulations to those 1008 gorgeous people that chose to further develop their emotional intelligence by attending at least one of my training sessions. Seeing the individual growth from when you entered the room until now is the reason why I love what I do. Thank you for choosing to work with me, I have learnt so much from each and every one of you.

    How does your reflection on the last 6 months look? Who are you grateful for and why do you love what you choose to do?

    Business Planning is a dreaded, or avoided, step for many, however I really enjoy it. I find business plans create an opportunity for great reflection, clear direction and goals for the coming year. I’m really looking forward to the next 12 months and everything it will bring. I’m continuing to build my support network with one of my biggest learnings being: do what you are really good at and outsource the rest. There are people out there that love doing what you really dislike doing. I’ve been quite hesitant up until now but I’ve committed and I’m now really excited. I’ll have extra time to do what I really love and what I’m good at.

    What’s your biggest learning this year? Do you outsource?

    Welcome to all of the wonderful new people that I have met over the past month! The industries I work with continue to become more diverse yet we all have that key focus in common, increasing EI within ourselves and those around us.

    Enjoy the ‘What’s New’ and ‘Teach Me Some EI’ sections below and remember, you are always welcome to contact me to ask a question, have a chat or bounce an idea.

    Thanks
    Amy

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    ** What’s New?
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    Online, Self-guided and Just For You
    After receiving a number of requests from individuals that want to attend a workshop open to the public, or those looking for a cheaper option than one-on-one coaching, we will be launching a completely online, self-guided, 5 week Emotional Intelligence Course!

    The course is currently in development and is scheduled for launch at the end of September. I can’t wait to share this with you all!

    If you would like to join the wait list, contact me now and I’ll add you to the list!

    Melbourne, I’m coming!
    Are you a Melbourne contact, or do you know someone in Melbourne that would benefit from some EI training? It’s such a pleasure to be in Melbourne on Monday 24th November as a speaker at an upcoming conference.

    Given the beauty of the city, the food and of course the amazing people, I am extending my trip and am currently taking bookings for the week of Monday 24th – Thursday 28th November.

    Let’s chat if you would like to catch up while I am in town.

    ** Teach Me Some EI
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    Reflection: The Psychology of Self-Awareness
    A simple pause and a moment to take a look back at what has been, provides us with the opportunity to not only self-reflect but to develop our self-regulation. We know there is nothing we can control other than the part that we choose to play and how we choose to react.

    Becoming more self-aware of who we are takes time and patience. There is no quick fix to self-awareness and self-regulation. We all have moments when our ’emotional hijack’ gets the better of us, the learning we take from the situation is the very core of our EI skills.

    Ultimately, self-reflection on a daily basis is the most effective however, there is this thing called ‘life’ that can sometimes get in the way. If you can manage weekly self-reflection, you are doing great. At the very least, commit some time on a monthly basis to self-reflect. Especially if you run or lead a business!

    Here are some great questions to ask yourself to get the ball rolling:

    How has my month been? What am I most grateful for?
    My greatest accomplishment?
    What I wanted to get done but didn’t?
    What progress have I made towards my goals?
    What are the challenges I am currently facing?
    What are the opportunities available to me?
    How am I feeling right now?

    The most powerful part of reflection is what you choose to do with the lessons you have learnt.

    Dopamine is our FRIEND!
    Are your goals on track? Remember, each step, each win, each achievement you make towards your goal releases the chemical dopamine in our brains that provides us with motivation to keep on being amazing!

    Lacking motivation, do something right now that takes you a step closer to achieving your goal and feel the dopamine kick in. Even easier, talk to someone who is ridiculously happy or motivated and let some of their emotion rub off on you. Remember, research shows that you can become up to 16% happier simply by talking to someone that is happy!

    About the Author Amy Jacobson

    Amy has over 15 years’ experience working with businesses and career minded people to achieve outstanding results, ignite passion, develop strengths and use EI to create a clear career path to high performance and success. Working with clients such as WA Police, WA Dept of Education, Rio Tinto and SME’s across Real Estate, Mining, Insurance and Retail, to name a few, Amy has a burning passion and drive to see people reach their full potential, embrace their strengths and find their ‘y’.

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