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Burning With Passion or Burning Out?

"We all have battles to fight. And it's often in those battles that we are most alive: it's on the frontlines of our lives that we earn wisdom, create joy, forge friendships, discover happiness, find love, and do purposeful work." ~ Eric Greitens 

And, it’s those very battles that wear us down. In our fast-paced world, burnout has become an all-too-common experience. And in our modern society, we do not hold up rest as an ideal or value. We honor and celebrate the hustle, the progress and the accomplishments. Yet the need to replenish and rest is vital to our health and life.

So, what if there was a way to not just avoid burnout, but to cultivate a life filled with vivacity and purpose? Enter the concept of VITALITY – the antidote to burnout and the key to unlocking more of your potential. 

Before we dive into vitality, let's take a moment to understand the stages of weariness that are distinct from burnout: 

  • Tired: The daily, expected feeling of being drained of energy and strength. 

  • Fatigue: A pattern of tiredness and weariness that persists over days and weeks. 

  • Exhaustion: An extreme version of fatigue, indicating a need for drastic measures. 

  • Burnout: A state of total emptiness and failure, where there's nothing left to give. 

To learn more about why these distinctions are important you can read more HERE.  

To avoid reaching the point of burnout, we must focus on cultivating vitality. Vitality can be defined as possessing a sufficient supply of physical or mental energy to satisfy the demands on that energy, which yields the capacity for the conduct of a meaningful life. In other words: 


Vitality = Energy Supply (Creation) – Energy Demand (Depletion) 


So, how can we increase our vitality? By focusing on the factors that contribute to energy creation and minimizing those that lead to energy depletion. Let's explore some key areas that impact our vitality:  

  • Growth & Development: Engaging in activities that foster personal growth and development. 

  • Meaningful Work: Finding fulfillment and purpose in our work. 

  • Energizing Activities: Participating in spiritual practices or hobbies that strengthen and rejuvenate us. 

  • Financial Wellness: Achieving a state of financial stability and freedom from money-related stress. 

  • Play: Making time for fun, energizing activities that bring joy. 

  • Health: Adopting a proactive, generative approach to health and well-being. 

  • Physical Fitness: Prioritizing exercise and physical activity to maintain optimal health. 

  • Friendship: Cultivating nourishing, supportive friendships. 

  • Family: Finding satisfaction in our role and contribution within our family. 

  • Intimate Relationship: Having at least one intimate relationship that provides support and connection. 

On the flip side, factors such as an overwhelming workload, lack of support, work dissatisfaction, self-consciousness, grief, avoidance, anxiety, and ineffectiveness in growing others can all contribute to energy depletion and decreased vitality.

To assess your own vitality, we've created a simple spreadsheet that allows you to rate yourself on each of these factors. By taking this assessment, you can gain valuable insights into the areas of your life that are contributing to or detracting from your overall vitality. This assessment is intentionally "low tech," and the goal is to slow you down, help you get clear and see all of the contributing factors to your vitality in one place.

By focusing on the factors that create energy and minimizing those that deplete it, you can take control of your vitality and avoid the path to burnout. Remember, vitality is not just about avoiding burnout – it's about igniting your inner spark, passion and living a life filled with purpose, joy, and meaningful connections.

So, take the first step towards cultivating vitality in your life. Download the spreadsheet, assess your vitality factors, and start making small changes that will lead to big improvements in your overall well-being. Your journey to a more vital, fulfilling life starts now.


Understanding Your Vitality Assessment Results

Thank you for completing the Vitality Assessment! Your results provide valuable insights into the factors contributing to your overall vitality and well-being. Don't get caught up in the score. Take a moment to reflect on your responses to the following questions:

Energy Creation Factors:

  • I do things that foster my personal growth and development.

  • My work is meaningful and fulfilling.

  • I engage in spiritual practice(s) that strengthen me.

  • I am free from worry and anxiety about money and finances.

  • I make time to play, to do things that are fun and energizing.

  • I approach my health in a proactive and generative way, rather than a reactive mode.

  • I set aside time to exercise and ensure my physical fitness.

  • I have friendships that nourish and sustain me.

  • I am satisfied with the role I play and the level of contribution I have in my family.

  • I have at least one intimate relationship that supports me.

Energy Depletion Factors:

  • There is not enough time in the day to accomplish my tasks.

  • I feel unsupported at work.

  • The responsibilities of my job can be overwhelming.

  • I feel dissatisfied with my performance.

  • I worry about what other people think about me.

  • I experience grief about my and/or my associates troubles (health, deaths, other issues.).

  • I avoid difficult conversations with people for fear of...

  • I experience anxiety that gets in my way.

  • I feel ineffective in helping my people rise to our challenges.

  • I feel emotionally drained.

Consider the following questions:

  1. What insights did the assessment give you?

  2. Which factors did you feel best about?

  3. What question or thought do you want to focus more on?

  4. What does your net vitality score tell you about how you are being depleted of your energy?

Remember, enhancing your vitality is an ongoing process. By focusing on the factors that contribute to energy creation and managing those that lead to energy depletion, you can cultivate a life filled with purpose, joy, and fulfillment.

Get More Clear About Your Personal Purpose

Is your net vitality score near ZERO or in the NEGATIVE?


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