In Part I, we explored the history of the U.S. Capitol insurrections, the reassuring pattern of failure in these attacks, which should bring some reassurance to us all, and the notion of thriving and recovering after emotionally disruptive events. Part II explores the specific SEL techniques that can be used to support the goals of Part I.
Connect your actions with a “noble goal.”
One way to thrive during uncertain times and practice golden joinery, is to tie your actions to noble goals. At Six Seconds, we believe that a critical component of emotional intelligence is pursuing noble goals. A noble goal typically contains a verb (expressing how to pursue it) and a goal of what you want to add to the world. According to our model, there are five criteria that need to be met for a goal to qualify as a noble goal:
1. Not complete in your lifetime.
It is enduring and inspiring, something beyond the daily struggle. This helps you maintain a long-term focus so you can avoid the confusion of short-term thinking (example: belief in a long-term democratic republic).
2. Pointed outward.
While you will benefit, the focus is on others. This…