The Emotional Hardship IQ Matrix explores how to work through periods of emotional struggle when life gets the better of you. Life is uncertain, and problems are unpredictable. It’s easy to get frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, stressed, and depressed when you feel as though you’ve lost control. And when our emotions get the better of us, it’s easy to lose our grip on reality. From there, things only get worse as we lose touch with what’s important and what matters to help us get back on track. It is often said that it’s not what happens, but rather how we respond to what happens that matters.
Understanding how to effectively manage our emotions is a big part of that puzzle. Working through this map will help you get on top of your emotional responses and take back control over your life.
Here is a quick breakdown of each branch of the Emotional Hardship IQ Matrix:
- ASSESS: When experiencing emotional hardship, your first objective is to try and get on top of how you’re feeling and where exactly you’re struggling. The first branch of this map takes you through a series of questions that will help you to understand better the reality of the situation you are facing and the emotions that define your experience.
- ADDRESS: Now that you have a better understanding of where things are at emotionally, it’s now time to address key areas that will provide you with greater levels of certainty. Specifically, the second branch of this map takes you through how to work through your doubts, feelings of uncertainty, and reconnect with what’s most important in your life. It also delves into your past hardships and how to use them to get you through your current emotional struggles.
- MINDSET: With a greater level of clarity, there is more certainty. However, to overcome your struggles, you need to adopt an optimal mindset and attitude. The third branch of this map takes you through the mental approach you will need to take to get through emotional hardships and struggle.
- FOCUS: The final branch of this map takes you through the progressive things you need to do to take back control over your life and emotional responses. It identifies key areas of focus that will help you get back on track as you work through your struggles and problems.
This map provides a roadmap and framework for working through emotional difficulties when facing doubt and uncertainty. Referencing it regularly and committing it to memory will help you to embed these concepts and ideas into your subconscious mind.
A mind map, of course, does this beautifully because it mirrors the synaptic connections made in your brain as you try to establish new habits of thought and behavior. It brings together key concepts and ideas that help your brain to fully integrate and process this information. The brain, subsequently, rewires itself as it attempts to establish new habits of mind. It’s an ideal tool for creating lasting change and transformation.