Ripple You, Ripple Me – by Liana Bagworth
Ripples aren’t just ice cream flavours!
If I have learned nothing else through my work in Emotional Intelligence, it is the undeniable and measurable fact that we ripple each other through our actions and words as a result of our emotional states. How we feel about how we get rippled in turn provides the fuel for how we act and therefore ripple others.
There you have it, the ripple effect.
Wikipedia defines a ripple effect as “a situation in which, like ripples expanding across the water when an object is dropped into it, an effect from an initial state can be followed outwards incrementally. Ripple effect is often used colloquially to mean a multiplier”.
Ripples are everywhere, all the time
The question is how aware are you of the ripples you receive, and the ones you send? How intentional are you with your ripple effect?
Identifying and putting words to your emotions (emotional literacy) provides the ability to then recognize your patterns of behavior in response to your emotions. Self-awareness is the gateway to creating ripples you want to send (intention) and to assessing the ripples you are receiving in order to manage their impact. You have an incredibly powerful tool in your ability to ripple others. Think about that in the context of creating your desired outcomes at work and in life!
I’ll share a ripple experience – each morning I get rippled when I read #Thisiswhatticklesme (thank you Khaled!). Sometimes I gain perspective, sometimes it provides me an opportunity to reflect, sometimes it satisfies my natural curiosity and sometimes it’s just pure entertainment. I respond and therefore ripple those around me accordingly.
This morning’s ripple was thinking of the last time I got goosebumps. It filled me with a warm feeling of being safe, loved and appreciated.
When I feel this way I am calm and relaxed, more tolerant (less impatient) and most open and generous with thought and language. What a great way to meet my team in the morning!
Today has been a great day, thank you ripple effect. And I’m rippling with thoughts of my Swiss family vacation in June.
What are you rippling today?