This entry is part 41 of 41 in the series In General

Grandpa (Eric)

By Eric, AKA Grandpa Growth


Your emotional state has a dramatic impact on how you perceive and respond to a situation. By increasing our emotional intelligence, we can improve our lives and our Magic game.


Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions. You aren’t born with it, and it’s a skill that must be developed. As we grow into adults, we start to gain control over how much our emotions affect us and how we express those emotions. Control is the relationship we want to have with our emotions, because control allows us to apply emotions strategically to enhance the effectiveness of our communications or our response to a situation. We can deliver a passionate speech or display genuine concern and empathy to people we connect with. When your emotions are under control, you won’t say things you don’t mean, you won’t vandalize your significant other’s car, and you won’t get into fist fights about your favorite sports team.


Today, I’m going to discuss the basics of emotional control, as well as some tips for applying emotional intelligence to improve your game.

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