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A Good Beginning is Half the Work': Unlocking Emotional Intelligence from the Start

Updated: Aug 20, 2023

By Dr. Annemarie Millar, Emotional Intelligence Coach


The richness of Irish wisdom can be encapsulated in the proverb "Tús maith, leath na hoibre", which translates to "a good beginning is half the work". This age-old adage, beautifully revived in John O’Donohue's "To Bless The Space Between Us", resonates with a deep sense of purpose and understanding, a sentiment that mirrors the foundational beliefs of emotional intelligence coaching.


Starting any endeavour with clarity, intention, and understanding can pave the way for a journey that is not only smooth but also enriched with insight and self-awareness. As an emotional intelligence coach, I've come to appreciate the profound truth in this proverb and its significance in the realm of emotional intelligence.


1. Beginning with Self-Awareness


Before one can navigate the intricate web of human emotions, there must be a clear understanding of oneself. In the context of emotional intelligence coaching, the journey begins with cultivating acute self-awareness. Recognising our feelings, triggers, and reactions is, in essence, laying down the first bricks of a stable emotional foundation.



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2. Setting the Right Intentions


Every journey should have a purpose, and when it comes to emotional intelligence, the purpose is to connect, understand, and thrive in our relationships with others and ourselves. Setting intentions rooted in empathy, compassion, and understanding is pivotal. Such intentions serve as guiding stars, illuminating the path forward.


3. Embracing the Learning Process


Emotional intelligence isn’t just about immediate reactions; it's a lifelong learning process. As John O’Donohue highlights in his writings, the spaces between our interactions, the pauses and silences, hold just as much significance. Treating every experience as a lesson allows for growth and profound realisations.


4. Prioritising Genuine Connections


In our fast-paced world, it's easy to skim the surface of relationships without truly connecting. However, beginning with the goal of forging deep, meaningful connections ensures that every interaction is valued, respected, and nurtured, aligning perfectly with the tenets of emotional intelligence coaching.


5. Seeking Guidance When Needed


Recognising when we need guidance or a fresh perspective is a strength, not a weakness. An emotional intelligence coach can offer tools, insights, and techniques to ensure that you're not just starting well, but also continuing on the path with resilience and wisdom.


To conclude, just as "a good beginning is half the work", setting out with the right emotional tools and mindset is half the journey in achieving genuine, fulfilling human connections. If you've been contemplating embarking on this rewarding journey, consider emotional intelligence coaching. With guidance, reflection, and the right beginnings, the path to enhanced emotional intelligence can be transformative and enlightening.


Dr. Annemarie Millar is an emotional intelligence coach in the UK, passionate about guiding individuals to deeper self-awareness and enriched relationships.


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