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Top Ten Emotional Intelligence Moments of 2012
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EQ Moment #5:

End 2012 with Maria Shriver's "Power of the Pause"

If we can offer one EQ “to do" for you as we head into the holidays, it’s trying what Maria Shriver recommends in her 2012 commencement speech at USC's Annenberg School of Communication: "Have the courage to press the pause button."

She characterizes adeptly how to handle the 24/7 nature of our plugged-in world and the many questions thrown at us about our future plans that can make anyone constantly feel anxious, nervous, or scared about "what's next." She also comments on the out-of-control nature of how people fall so easily into faultfinding and nay saying.

She would like us to stop worrying about what's next and notice what's happening right now. Take a breath and be in the moment. She states, "Whenever you are in doubt, pause; take a moment, look at all your options, check your intentions, have a conversation with your heart, and then always take the high road." This includes stopping every so often to turn off your tech devices, look around, and spend a moment with yourself. She also pushes us to express gratitude to everyone who helped us get where we are, and even write actual thank-you notes.

Maria's "Power of the Pause" provides a wonderful approach to what we call self-managing. Any time you stop to take stock of what you're feeling and doing, you raise your self-awareness, enhance your relationships, and increase your ability to make a positive difference in your life and the world around you.

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