How do you use Emotional Intelligence to perform?

Emotions

How you feel determines what you do. This is the case for everyday behaviors, but also for the moment you need to perform. A top performance is nothing less than executing the right actions at the right time. The baseline is to investigate which emotions lead to this desired behavior for you, since this is different for every individual. Everyone has their own emotional fingerprint. If you are aware of this, you can consciously leverage your emotions to optimally make use of your skills and talent, and prevent your emotions from hijacking your most important moments.

The Perfect Performance

If all aspects are aligned, your performance will peak.

Personality

Your personality indirectly influences your performance

Performance-demands

This is the level you need to reach in order to deliver the perfect performance.

Emotions

How you feel determines whether you can use all of your skills.

Physical skills
Mental skills
Technical en tactical skills

The perfect performance?

Before you consider emotions, you first need to know all the aspects required to deliver this performance. Emotions are important – crucial even, we would say – yet, they are not all-encompassing.

On the left you can see a schematic overview. If you hover your mouse over the icons, their content will reveal. The theme’s of the perfect performance are similar for everyone; the content of these theme’s differ widely.

What skills do you need to perform well?

Physical

In the world of sports it is quite self-explanatory that you need an adequate physical health to perform. But this also includes your sleeping and eating habits, and your energy requirements. This is relevant for everyone.

Technical / Tactical

These are all the skills directly related to your performance. They are discipline-specific skills such as your first touch on the pitch or your negotiation skills as an entrepreneur.

Mental

What is your communication-style? Are you open to feedback? How do you deal with adversity? Do you set goals and targets? When do you quit? All skills not directly related to your performance are part of this.

Personality

What you value in life influences how you develop. Personality is more difficult to change than the three other skill-dimensions mentioned here.

Emotions as a skill

The essence of performing is: using all the skills you have at exactly the right moment. With the emotiplus-method you’ll learn a performance-skill. First you’ll learn about which emotions can lead you to that unshackled performance. When you know this, there are different methods and techniques you can use to consciously summon these feelings. And perhaps more importantly, you’ll learn about your most harmful emotions during performances, which helps you develop the emotional resilience and stability that enables you to stay in control.

Which emotions?

Which emotions do you need to feel? What do these emotions mean to you?

Intensity

A little bit of tension feels significantly different from a lot of tension. How intense do you need to feel the emotion?

Present or absent?

Sometimes, the absence of an emotion can lead to a better performance, such as feeling less irritation or frustration.

What situation drives which emotion?

Things that you cannot influence happen all the time. What you can influence, is your (emotional) reaction to these things.

Emotion profile

All the important emotions and their intensity determine your own emotion-profile. The light stroke is your ‘zone’. When you are in your zone, you maximize the probability that you reach your perfect performance. 

Emotion-profile

The X-axis represents emotions and the Y-axis represents intensity.

Emotion-profile with current state

The orange line is the feeling in one moment in time. 

Practical use of Emotion Profile 

1

Preparation

You learn about yourself and how you function well. You prepare yourself as well as you can for different situations, so that you don't have to do that on the spot.
2

Right before the performance

You control yourself and your environment in such a way that you get to your zone at the right time.
3

During the performance

You feel in the moment what you need to stay on your game, or which feeling you need to empower or deflate to step it up. You know the strategies and techniques to apply to do this.
4

After the performance

You reflect on how you felt during the performance, and consider specific situations and potential adjustments.

*We use different emotion-regulation techniques to realize these steps. 

Coaching

One-on-one coaching to grow and practically apply emotional intelligence.

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Lecture

How does the mental coaching of a professional athlete work? How do they use their emotions to perform? In our 1.5 hour interview-style lecture you’ll find out.

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Workshop

Learn to practically apply emotional intelligence in half a day.

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