Jan 28 2014

What does it mean to be a "dynamic person"?

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Dynamic people are resilient, and resilient with a high frequency of energy.

If you want some reading, check out any of James Loehr’s books, including the popular “The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal”.  He’s a famous sports psychology professor who writes almost entirely (and specifically) on being dynamic.

His argument is that when you see a jolly fat man or a moody overweight woman, it’s not actually that they’re moody–they actually have very mild moods, but they last a long time.  They may be happy or sad for months or years at a time.  Contrast that with Type A people, who are in really good shape, and (subsequently) have very intense, very short moods.  They actually may get 10x as happy and 10x as sad, but they forgive just as quickly as they hate.  So, in the abstract, a perfect God wouldn’t be emotionless or static in his love, but be constantly in a state of every emotion with split second transcendence of each mood.  In other words, dynamicness = frequency.

So a dynamic person isn’t just a happy person or we could give people pills, or even just buy coffee for our employees and have them all be happy and productive.  A dynamic person is a person who is resilient.  No matter what happens to them, good or bad, they can think clearly–or, again, they will think crazy, but only for seconds.  So healthy talk show hosts laugh out loud with their bellies, and cry when a guest says something sad, and heals from that whole process in time for the comic-relief gag at the end of the sad story.  Most people hear a sad story, get depressed, and take the next day off work.

Loehr, as a sports psychologist, mostly speaks about athletes, and how they can lose millions and gain millions everyday, lose championships and win championships everyday, and always be calm and collected when it’s time for the free throw after the magical point or loss.  He talks a lot about how healthy habits, whether exercise or diet or not drinking too much caffeine, help your body learn to generate dynamic cycles of energy.


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