We’ve been conditioned to value productivity over passion, achievement over fulfillment, and associate success with long hours, minimal sleep, and personal sacrifice. These misguided cultural norms undermine your potential and lead to less engagement, focus, productivity and connection.
Are you consistently the best and most inspired version of yourself, personally and professionally?
In this unprecedented Pandemic you are likely to have experienced higher levels of stress and sadness, lower energy and frustratingly blurred lines between home and work. As we emerge from the shutdowns it is essential to have the tools to enable you to lead and to thrive.
86% of the nation’s annual health care expenditures are focused on chronic conditions—the majority of which are reversible
TWO-THIRDS OF ALL U.S. EMPLOYEES REPORT FEELING DISENGAGED, COSTING UP TO $608 BILLION PER YEAR IN LOST PRODUCTIVITY
The Five Essential Elements© are the pieces that ancient traditions and modern research agree bolster your resilience and decrease stress, resulting in enhanced wellness. Activate these Five Essential Elements© and you will increase your focus, emotional equanimity, creativity, and ability to engage with people and causes you care about.
Leaders with the energy and focus to get things done consistently monitor their health, eat a diet that is right for them, exercise regularly, and listen to their bodies.
According to science and an ever-growing body of research, the element of Exercise & Nutrition, is foundational to all other areas of both mental and physical health.5
Grounded, resilient, emotionally consistent leaders get the sleep they need and engage in rituals they find centering. They schedule technology-free time on a consistent basis and understand that they need to stop occasionally and disconnect from the busy-ness of life.
Harvard School of Medicine’s Healthy Sleep project confirms the many benefits of sleep including improved learning, memory, overall health, and longevity.7
Research on the habits of exceptional performers like artists and athletes, has revealed that Rest & Renewal related activities increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity.8
Productive people don’t multitask because they understand it’s inefficient. Instead they bundle tasks and prioritize the most difficult and time-consuming activities.They make a point to stretch their minds and develop creative pursuits.
A study from researchers at the University of Oregon found that chronic multitaskers are less productive, less able to fully focus, and less able to learn and grow their skills.9
Balanced, successful leaders train themselves to find meaning and joy in the small moments of life. They align their values with their actions and try to make a difference in small and large ways. What they find is that joy and passion act like viruses, happily transmitted to those around them.
Research examining happiness and energy levels in the U.S. found that when people work on something they are good at or feel passionate about, they report feeling happier and more energetic.11
People with energy guard their time, know when to say “no” and when to jump in. They take breaks from their work approximately every 90 minutes to stretch, walkaround, and re-charge for the next challenge.
A study from the Journal of Happiness Studies discovered that people who manage their time and focus their energy have a better quality of life and achieve more goals.13