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Considering Vitality

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

You know those moments when you think, oh geez, how am I going to find the energy for [fill in the blank]? If you're like me, there are times you 'just do it' despite feeling nothing but heavy air around you. And there are other times, finding energy seems effortless. What differs in these moments? Is it a good night's sleep, the encouragement of others, having meditated that morning -- the list of possible factors is long.

The notion of "vitality" is not new and talking or writing about it does not render it. Nor does measuring it. That said, considering how a multi-factor experience (like vitality) is measured may give us a step-back-and-look-at-it moment. One such instrument used in the field of Vitality Research (it's a thing) is the Leader Vitality Scale (LVS) which has shown good convergent validity with predecessor instruments. For me, the emphasis on leadership is a bit silly (more on that another day) and it could just as easily be called the Person Vitality Scale. Anyway, the LVS measure three areas of energy, as experienced by the individual: physical, psychological, and emotional. Reading through the factors measured can be instructive, even without taking the questionnaire. If all of these are relevant ingredients to vitality, maybe there are some to which you'd say, I got this. And maybe there are some that suggest where energy may be leaking out...

Factor 1: Physical vitality

  • I drink water throughout the day

  • I regularly eat healthy

  • I incorporate movement into my day

  • I have the physical stamina to do the things I want to do in my life

Factor 2: Psychological vitality

  • I feel alive and vital

  • I nearly always feel awake and alert

  • I feel a choice in what thoughts I give attention to

  • I am able to maintain a positive outlook

Factor 3: Emotional vitality

  • I can influence my emotions when needed

  • I have the energy I need to manage my stress

  • I have the emotional stamina to face problems

These same researchers found that energy available to the self can provide a foundation for more capacity for positive relational energy as well as positive leadership behaviors (e.g., actively listening, expressing gratitude, building trust, motivating others, creating meaning and purpose). This appears to be another case of putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others. Investing in one's physical, psychological and emotional well-being produces a sense of vitality. It appears that a sense of vitality creates a surplus energy which makes us open to interacting with others. Of course, interacting with others can refill your tank or deplete it, depending on how you balance interaction time with just me time.

This bring me back to the Folly Cove Studio where we look for novel ways to help entrepreneurs re-fill their tank and revitalize themselves as they evolve their growing businesses.

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