#12 – Cultivating Emotional Intelligence with Dr. Steve Lawson

Darin chats with his friend and college roommate Dr. Steve Lawson, a pastor, speaker, entrepreneur, and athlete. Dr. Lawson is a Crossfit athlete and Level 1 coach as well as a gymnastics coach. He began coaching gymnastics while he was still in college, and eventually started his own manufacturing business, Progressive Sports and Fitness, building trampolines, tumbling floors, and other equipment for gymnastic competitions. His company’s equipment is can be seen at every Power Tumbling World Championships as well as the USA National Championships.

After a decade in the manufacturing business, Dr. Lawson decided to plant a church in his hometown of Greenville, TX and spent the next 17 years as a pastor. During this time he earned a Master of Divinity (MDIV) from The King’s University, followed that with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Amberton University and finally a Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL) from Regent University. His education combined with his experience as a pastor took him deep into the concept of emotional intelligence, and how to cultivate it. He now gives lectures and leadership seminars on emotional intelligence around the world.

Dr. Lawson has authored three books:

Those of us who have trained hard for a long time know that hard training refines us in more ways than just the physical. Doing hard things transforms our mind as well, including our ability to process emotions. But it works the other way too… we bring our behaviors and the way we carry ourselves into the gym, and those elements are reflected in our workouts. So it’s important to actively grow our emotional intelligence, improve our self-esteem, and learn how to foster better relationships… just like we grow our strength.

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