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Five to Thrive Quiz©
The Five Essential Elements©
How can you consciously cultivate 2021 as a year of resilience, joy and impact?
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?
If the answer is no, you are not alone.
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.
SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC, THERE IS AN FOUR-FOLD INCREASE OF ADULTS WHO REPORT FEELING ANXIOUS, DEPRESSED, AND EXHAUSTED
THE U.S. NOW RANKS 108TH OUT OF 140 COUNTRIES IN THE 2020 HAPPY PLANET INDEX. THE U.S. PREVIOUSLY RANKED 50TH.
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
Enter: The Five Essential Elements©
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.
“The greatest wealth is health.”
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
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine places the duo of Exercise & Nutrition as the first and second most important factors to an individual’s health, longevity, and overall well-being.6
“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.”
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
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
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
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
Research shows that personal growth and learning have a multiplicity of benefits for cognitive health, longevity, earning potential, personal relationships, and motivation.10
“Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.”
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
Research indicates that volunteering allows you to express personally meaningful values and the more passionate you feel towards the cause, the more benefits you’ll experience.12
“No is a complete sentence.”
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
A growing body of research, most notably a game-changing case study in the Harvard Business Review, showcases the many benefits of personal energy management over time management.14