Maturity Means Mastering Your Emotions

Maturity Means Mastering Your Emotions

“Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity.” ~Samuel Ullman

Old joke: “How do you learn good judgement?”

Answer: “By exercising bad judgement.”

When we learn from our mistakes, we learn good judgement.

And when are we most liable to display poor judgement?

When we’re scared, angry, or feel betrayed, belittled or blindsided, all feelings we don’t like.

But feelings are simply messengers, porters of information that should not be ignored, even in the workplace.

They are neither good nor bad. They are simply involuntary, socialized responses to a situation that reflect our lens on life.

Displays or acknowledgment of negative emotions are often culturally taboo or frowned upon, however, they are ever present and guide most of our choices, whether we admit it or not.

They are like electric cords running under the carpet, potentially unseen, but there, nonetheless.

And whether we are aware of them consciously or not, emotions play a powerful and fundamental role in our maturation.

Learning what those feelings are, when they occur—and most important why they occur—becomes critical to effective self-control.

Without self-awareness, there is can be little self-control. Without self-control, there can be little professional advancement.

Practice paying attention to what you feel, when you feel it, and why.

It’s the foundation for maturity.


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Cynthia Barlow

Founder Cynthia Barlow

Facilitator, Author, Coach

Helping businesses build their people

If your people have the skills to communicate more effectively, they can connect more authentically and thus collaborate more productively. Not only on the job, but also in life.

Communication, Connection, and Collaboration—the three “C’s”—are the cornerstones of all successful businesses.

Experiential learning through interactive workshops and coaching combines these three essential components with real-world application. By heightening self-awareness, enhancing emotional intelligence (EQ), and reinforcing accountability people become better communicators and self-managers.

I’ve been driving new kinds of conversations my entire career. Clear, confident, congruent conversations that generate change. The kind of conversations that create real collaboration. The kind that build your business—and your character.


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