Remember Your Dream
MLK Day is not a holiday for slackers. The Martin Luther King Day of Service was created to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through reflection and service. Instead of blogging last Monday morning, I used that time to reflect and have meaningful discussion with my son about some of the lesser known allies to the civil rights movement such as Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, and Charlton Heston.
In addition, this entire month I have been revisiting my current projects to see how they aligned with my overall goals. Last week, I reflected on the reasons why I constructed this blog. I have a blog that deals with personal and professional development. I have a poetry blog...well, because I'm a poet. But, this blog is the one I chose to associate with my business. The Educated Emotion debuted on December 1, 2011 and has several meanings, both personal and professional.
On a personal level, it was to capture and communicate what I have learned and continue to learn about my own emotional health. My modus operandi early in life was to keep my emotions bottled up until they exploded (or imploded). Through spiritual exercises, I have gained tools to understand, share, communicate, and channel my own emotions in a positive way.
On a professional level, the Educated Emotion was purposed to convey a different perspective on community, small business, social media, and customer service. I could have shared my expertise in content, engagement, relationship and experience marketing in a more academic manner. I chose a different route because my top priority was not to compete for the title of industry expert, but to become an ally to the solopreneur, small business owner, or artist by helping them engage in authentic communication with their customer. A client once told me, "your greatest assets are your heart and mind; they together create the value to your services."
Oddly enough, I came across this MLK quote (below) last week. It was the first time I have ever seen this quote, but it embodied the ideal I had when I began this blog. And, so I restart my journey with the Educated Emotion.
The Educated Emotion: Remember Your Dream
Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence: How to Listen to the Emotions of you and others to receive personal and professional success and problem-solving (and problem prevention) on an individual and organizational level. It would be extremely difficult for a large corporation to communicate a sincere gesture or advertisement to its customers; it's just too large. However, a small business or artist has tremendous ability to listen and respond to consumers. Listening to your body, mind, and soul; this will help you listen and respond to the needs of your customers.
Solopreneurs, Entrepreneurs, Michipreneurs, Intrapreneurs, Small Business Owners, Writers, Bloggers, Photographers.
Emotions are at the root cause of much of our societal issues. 90% of emergency visits are manifestations of some sort of stress or depression, the amount of money it takes to be "happy" is increasing by the decade, and companies are spending more money than ever on health care and sick days. Also, look up at the "What" section.
News, stories, reflections, studies, interviews, tools and testimonies of how you can increase the emotional and spiritual intelligence of yourself and/or your organization! I feed off of others so I hope to hear about you, your successes, and challenges as well as anything you would like to see discussed.