Harris Fanaroff

Self-Actualization: Emotional Intelligence & Coronavirus

The second element I’ll tackle with regard to improving our emotional intelligence during coronavirus is self-actualization. Self-actualization is defined by the EQi 2.0 as “your ability and tendency to want to grow, stretch and strive – to see your potential, set meaningful goals and work toward your betterment and fulfillment.” Our aspirations, ambition, and drive are all rooted in self-actualization. Someone with low self-actualization can come across as unambitious or underperforming, lazy, and bored.

There’s a lot about self-actualization that can connect with what we are all experiencing with the coronavirus. There’s a good chance that at some point throughout the last several weeks you have felt unmotivated and frustrated by everything going on. There’s even a good chance (assuming that you’re human) that you’ve struggled through days where you felt like you accomplished almost nothing. These are normal and everyone is going through these, but even under these circumstances, it’s important to do everything in our power to continue to improve as individuals.

With that being said, here are three tips you can implement immediately to work on your self-actualization:

  1. Engage in learning something new or trying something out with the extra time you may have on your hands. Use this time to work on a new skill or gain an online certification so you come out of this a better version of yourself.
  2. Set interim goals. Your goal may be to lose X amount of weight over 3 months during this coronavirus, but instead set weekly goals that are easier to track toward.
  3. Ask your boss for a stretch project at work, or think of something you can take on in addition to your current role. This will give you something to strive for and continue working on if you’re in a position where your role is interrupted by telework.