Effective self-management is dependent on your level self-awareness. If it’s high, even in emotionally charged situations, you’ll be in tune with your inner self and better able to control your impulse to act in ways that might not serve you or others.

When you’re able to accurately perceive your emotions, in the moment, and constructively direct your focus, you show up as calm, cool and collected…a valuable skill for those seeking to demonstrate executive presence, achieve their goals and have a positive impact on those around them.

Here are several simple strategies to help you resist the temptation to act when you would be best served to first, stop, think, and make a conscious choice: take 3 long, slow, deep breaths; count to 10, very slowly; sleep on it, literally – give it 24 hours; or discuss how you’re feeling and what you’re thinking with a trusted advisor.

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