Does Your Emotional Maturity Affect Your Success in Making Changes?
Updated: Feb 16
What is emotional maturity?
When we think of someone who is emotionally mature, we imagine a person who knows who they are; they give off a sense of calm when the going gets tough, even if they don’t have all the answers.
In other words, emotional maturity is when someone can manage their emotions regardless of their circumstances.
Some characteristics of an emotionally mature person:
Taking responsibility—instead of blaming others, themselves, or the circumstances, they take action to improve the situation
Showing empathy—they approach life by doing as much good as they can. They feel concern for others, and can put themselves in others’ shoes
Owning mistakes, and acknowledging that they don’t always have all the answers
Not afraid to be vulnerable, not needing to appear perfect all the time
Admit when they need help, when they need to take a break, and can communicate clearly when asking for help
Able to set boundaries when needed
Often, when one is not emotionally mature, they are also unable to commit, execute and be consistent when learning new habits and trying to improve their lifestyle in terms of eating and movement.
When I see a client losing interest after a very short time, constantly complaining about the food or fitness plan, and making their own changes when they feel like it, it can be a clear sign they are simply not emotionally mature.
So, emotional maturity is most definitely a determining factor in your success when you’re under stress, when life throws curve balls at you, and when you’re trying to make changes.