Crafting an Emotionally Sustainable Lifestyle

Marcia Hughes and James Terrell

Living during the on-going pandemic is a great life teacher. It’s helping so many of us recognize that life is precious. We can experience the value of being alive by paying attention to living an emotionally sustainable lifestyle. At Collaborative Growth, we are passionately committed to providing our services in order to support individuals and teams in living emotionally sustainable lifestyles. This is also known as living resiliently. Marcia’s book, Life’s 2% Solution, provides a well-tested strategy for living with Passionate Equilibrium – being thoroughly engaged and doing so with a sense of balance. Additionally, assessments such as the EQi 2.0 and EQ 360 for individuals and the TESI® (Team Emotional and Social Intelligence Survey) for teams promote understanding on how to enhance emotional sustainability. Crafting an Emotionally Sustainable Lifestyle February 2021

The Collaborative Growth team model highlights the path for developing the seven skills measured by the TESI and shown in the outer ring. Emotional and social well-being for teams is the result of following this path to sustainability for teams. Emotional sustainability, also referred to as well-being, can be measured with individual assessments such as the EQi 2.0 and the EQ 360. Dr. BarOn, the original creator of the EQi, pinpointed self-actualization as the apex of all the EQ skills. So just which EQ skills should you focus on to develop this life nurturing state? BarOn names eight, which he listed in the order of their importance:



  • Happiness
  • Optimism
  • Self-Regard
  • Independence
  • Problem Solving
  • Social Responsibility
  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional Self-Awareness

Bar-On, 2001, p. 92. “EI and Self-Actualization.” In Emotional Intelligence in Everyday Life, edited by J. Ciarrochi, J. Forgas, and J. Mayer. New York: Psychology Press.

Frequently revisiting these eight critical skills will help you engage your EQ in a manner designed to support an emotionally sustainable lifestyle. At the team level critical sustainability is developed by using the seven skills in the outer ring of the Collaborative Growth Team Model. These are powerful skills that can be developed at the individual and team level. The resulting quality of life will assure you and those you influence that it is worth the effort!

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