Key Learning Points:
Becoming aware of own emotions
Regulating own emotions
Developing strategies to cope under pressure
Identifying your emotions – Identify emotions can be easily identified if we write down how we feel when positive and how we feel when we are negative. A list of positive and negative emotions enables us to sketch images. These images make us self-aware of both body language (display) and mental attitude (thoughts).
Understanding the affect emotions have on outcomes – Analysis of emotions is relative to looking at strengths and areas to improve. It is identified that those people who analyse and reflect are more likely to succeed. This presumption is made because people are readily self-aware of emotions versus those who are not aware.
Reflecting back – Once emotions have been identified it is plausible to reflect on emotions. In this light, there is a relationship between identification and reflection. This could resonate towards a traffic light situation. The RED is stopping to identify emotions (positive and negative); the AMBER is relative to getting ready to take action; the GREEN is in reference to action planning.
Regulating emotion is important because it enables our mind to function more efficiently. One important criteria for regulating emotion is becoming aware of these emotions in the first place. The ability to regulate emotions within the workplace is important for sustained success. However, emotions can fluctuate throughout the working week and to this extent it is worthy to recognise emotions. A balanced mind will lead to better direction and focus than an unbalanced mind. Research indicates that people who have the ability to regulate their emotions are more likely manage tasks and form good working relationships.
We need to regulate our emotions:
1) To enable focus and direction in the work we are doing
2) To enable our mind to stay tuned into the task in hand
3) To enable our physiological symptoms to stay balanced and in control
4) To enable clear thought leading to clarity and purpose
5) To enable our body language to be positive
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About Gobinder Gill
Gobinder is a lecturer in Sport Psychology and Research Methods at Birmingham Metropolitan College in the West Midlands.