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    By Kelly Tanner, PhD, RDH, DrBicuspid.Com contributing writer

    November 20, 2020 -- When COVID-19 and social factors affect our lives, we may be conflicted about what we believe and feel unable to find our ground inside and outside of the workplace. As healthcare providers, all aspects of social and emotional awareness connect for career and self-fulfillment. The good news is that there is a reset button: Redefine your success and retrace elements in your subconscious that interfere with your steps forward.

    Kelly Tanner, PhD, RDH.

    The top challenges in the workplace are related to emotional intelligence (also referred to as EQ). Emotional intelligence and IQ differ in that IQ is a technical skill determined at birth that may get your foot in the door for the job you want. Emotional intelligence will help you have sustainable success. In many ways, we miss how crucial emotional intelligence is in the workspace and individually. Emotional intelligence is the ability to adapt and adjust to other people and gives us the ability to manage ourselves and relationships effectively.

    Whatever the setting, to live a fulfilled life, we must connect with others and cope with uncertainty in the dental profession. To connect and empathize with others and their situations, we must be aware of and self-assess our emotional intelligence.

    Daniel Goleman defines emotional intelligence as four quadrants, or pillars, with 18 competencies under each quadrant:

    Self-awareness

    Self-management

    Social awareness

    Relationship management

    Self-awareness and self-management

    The first two pillars, self-awareness and self-management, are the most critical in the process. These areas deal with looking inward to understand: Know thyself. To lead and have successful relationships, we must first develop the first two areas of self-awareness and self-management. These areas help us understand subconscious bias, internal conflict, sense of fulfillment, and how we react to things as a basis for self-management.

    Social awareness and relationship management

    Pillars three and four, social awareness and relationship management, help us understand ourselves and how we interact with others. These pillars also help us understand how we gather information to take action and make a decision: empathy, leadership, team building -- these are a portion of the last pillars because the "self" must be worked on first.

    Retracing triggers and emotions

    No matter what degree you have or what type of license you hold, if you don't have the confidence and self-worth to execute on the knowledge, then it all sits on the shelf. How do you retrace the emotions that are keeping you from moving to the next level of success? It's time to take control of our circumstances by retracing and reverse engineering our thoughts.

    Neuroscientists have told us that if we have beliefs or ideas that get in our way, we can rewrite the thoughts to be positive and begin to change our behavior around the thoughts. All decisions and actions are based on emotions. Our body reacts to feelings buried in the subconscious (also called a trigger), and we become triggered and don't know the source of the emotion. The neural pathways in the brain can reverse negative emotions and build new habits. Have you ever been sparked by a memory of an event or something that a person did to you that triggers you? Your brain is trying to end the story differently. It's time to discover the root cause of that trigger by reverse-engineering the trigger.

    How do I reset?

    The first place to begin is within yourself with self-assessment. You can do this by going inside yourself and completing a formal or informal EQ assessment and working with someone who can help you decipher your evaluation. The second step is to do a 360° evaluation of those who work with you to ensure that you eliminate potential blind spots keeping you from reaching your level of success and connection.

    Life happens to everyone, but you are in control of your circumstances. You have the power to say this is what happened, and this is how I rise above it. Overcome the challenges and leverage your response to growth. Start with yourself and go inward to identify areas that may affect your self-worth and vulnerability and hold you back from your version of success.

    Kelly Tanner, PhD, RDH, is an industry educator and certified executive coach with doctoral education in organizational leadership. She has served in different capacities in dental hygiene, including as an entrepreneur and a researcher, and in academic, corporate, and clinical areas. She has also been active with the American Dental Hygienists' Association at both the state and national levels. Learn more about her at www.NextLevelDentalHygiene.Com.

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    Andrew Aziz Talks About How He Re-imagined His Career And Found Success And Fulfillment In The Process

    Six years ago the story was completely different than what it seems to be like today. Andrew Aziz was a research scientist. With his Ph.D. In electrochemical engineering, he spent five years researching and developing nanomaterials for renewable energy. Aziz had already imagined that he would spend the rest of his life developing fuel cells for electric cars.

    “When I lost my job in 2015, my dreams and ego were crushed,” says Andrew.

    Despite his hard-earned degree, numerous high-impact scholarly publications, and various issued patents, Aziz was still told that he was no longer needed. With nanotechnology jobs few and far between, he had to make up his mind fast.

    “I went from Point A (nanomolecular engineering) to Point B (successful stock trader and author) by using what I already had, just in a new way,” explains Andrew.

    Andrew Aziz never considered the five years spending on earning his degree a waste, as they helped him gain invaluable skills, which he managed to use elsewhere and to his advantage: by building his stock trading career.

    Aziz is sure of the fact, that wherever a person is working, he can still utilize his skills in other jobs and industries as well. As a person’s real skill is never determined by the title they hold, but by the multiple talents that one possesses other than their degree.

    “On the surface, I had been developing nanotechnology. But underneath, my real “skill” was research. Give me any topic in the world, and I could become an expert,” says Andrew.

    He decided to take his severance package and began learning the ropes of the stock market. Two years were spent educating himself, and facing numerous hurdles, but he finally mastered it. He incorporated all the analytical training he had gotten during his Ph.D., and built his career as a stock market trader. Numbers, patterns, logic, reason: it all transferred over smoothly.

    “Trading stocks is notoriously complicated, which keeps a lot of people from really learning to trade. I explained the process of trading in the “If A, then B” format that I learned while getting my doctorate. It was a lot like creating my dissertation. Same skill, different goal,” elaborates Aziz.

    Coming back to the present, Andrew Aziz is currently a full-time financial market trader, best-selling author, and founder and CEO of a worldwide community of independent traders.

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