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Elevating Growth: Emotional Intelligence & Overcoming Fixed Mindset

Emotional Intelligence & Fixed Mindset: Strategies for Personal Growth

The intricate dance between emotional intelligence (EQ) and a fixed mindset shapes much of our personal and professional lives. Grounded in insights from Dr. Travis Bradberry’s "Emotional Intelligence Habits," my exploration into these realms has led me to a pivotal realization: growth in EQ and transitioning from a fixed to a growth mindset are deeply interconnected processes, heavily influenced by self-awareness, upbringing, and the supportive communities around us.

Unlocking Self-Awareness:

Self-awareness stands at the heart of emotional intelligence, acting as the gateway to understanding our emotions and their impact on our actions and relationships. However, achieving a genuine level of self-awareness is no small feat. As highlighted by Dr. Bradberry, only a select few naturally possess this insight, stresses the importance of fostering environments that promote emotional growth and reflection.

Influence of Upbringing and Environment:

Our journey through life, shaped by our family dynamics, the environments we grow up in, and our personal experiences, plays a critical role in our development. These factors not only influence our predisposition towards a fixed or growth mindset but also affect our ability to navigate emotions and interpersonal relationships effectively. It is however our responsibility to move beyond and seek support as an adult. As we are now held to the ramifications of our choices as adult's rather good or bad.

Fostering Supportive Communities:

Creating a biosphere that nurtures individual growth necessitates a collective effort. This involves establishing networks and communities that prioritize emotional intelligence, provide avenues for self-discovery, and offer support through the challenges of adulthood, belonging, and rejection. Such communities are essential for those venturing into adulthood ill-equipped to tackle life’s complexities on their own.

Challenging Entitlement and Encouraging Resilience:

A notable trend among the younger generation is a prevailing sense of entitlement, which can obstruct the path to developing resilience and a growth mindset. Cultivating values like humility and gratitude within supportive communities can help mitigate these attitudes, laying the groundwork for enduring personal and professional success.

Bridging emotional intelligence with the journey from a fixed to a growth mindset requires a multifaceted approach that starts with fostering self-awareness and extends to creating environments that encourage continuous personal development. By prioritizing these aspects, we can unlock our full potential, navigate life's challenges more effectively, and contribute to building a more emotionally intelligent, resilient society.

Engage in self-reflection to assess your own emotional intelligence and mindset. Consider the role of your environment, upbringing, and community in shaping your journey. Join the conversation by sharing your experiences and insights on fostering emotional growth and overcoming the barriers of a fixed mindset. Together, we can inspire and support one another in our collective journey towards personal development and emotional intelligence.

Shannon Hassan

Forward Focus Consulting


The Core Values Index (CVI) offers young adults a powerful tool to understand both who they are and who they are becoming. By delving into their core values, the CVI provides insights into their innate motivations, strengths, and areas for growth. This self-awareness not only aids in personal development but also helps young adults align their choices and actions with their authentic selves, paving the way for a fulfilling and purpose-driven life journey.


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