Fitness Friday: Intangible Assets
Intangible assets are sort of an oxymoron. Intangible generally means that you can’t touch it. Where as with assets, you usually think of things you can see, touch or value in person. In my previous career, my job was to value the intangible assets of a company. You know, the stuff you can’t quite touch but you know has value. Sounds a little gimmicky, but I assure you that these things do exist. In a business, you have the things that you know have value: property, land, equipment, people. But what about the je nai se quoi that makes a business that much more valuable? Things like a patent, a proprietary software code, the name of a business that is highly recognizable are all examples of those things that have value too.
When thinking about my own fitness journey and myself, the same framework applies. There are the things I know have value that I can see and touch. It ranges from the superficial to larger and more wholistic things. But what about my intangible assets? How do I quantify those and how do I define them? For today’s Fitness Friday, I thought I’d talk about some of the intangible assets in my life that I have given value to my overall “worth.”
Intangible Asset #1: Health
If you’ve been around me lately, you’ll know that I’m currently fighting off another injury. 2017 hasn’t been kind to me from that perspective. I’ve been nursing a low back injury and it’s really testing me again. So how is my current health state an intangible asset? The answer is that I’m fortunate that I’m able to have the capacity to rehabilitate. I know that I absolutely should count my stars when it comes to overall health. Outside of my injury, I don’t have anything that would prevent me from calling myself a healthy human. And for that, I find that to have an immense amount of value in my life.
Intangible Asset #2: Clear Mind, Open Heart
In addition to my health, having the determination to fight through the tough times is something I really value. I certainly have had a lot of rough days where I feel beat down and overwhelmed. But why I think this is an asset is that I have an incredible amount of focus and grit to facing the hard stuff. Being resilient and having an clear objective on what I need to do, and the capacity to welcome the tough stuff is certainly an asset I believe I have. As I try to work around my injury, I’ve had to open my mind to doing things that aren’t comfortable. I don’t love the elliptical, but if it’s going to help me get moving and healing, I’m going to do it. Being humble enough to acknowledge that I’m hurt is a skill that I’ve had to revive as of recent. But just because I can’t do certain things doesn’t mean I have to stop exercising. It’s just looking at things differently, and taking on new skills and routines.
Intangible Asset #3: Support System
I certainly couldn’t do any of the things I mentioned above without “my people.” My support system extends to not just the gym, but people who have helped me stay calm and keep moving forward. It’s the co-worker who told me “you got this” during the hard times, it’s my chiropractor who encourages me to keep healing, and it’s my friends who send me text messages when the Dodgers won the National League championship. I think of my support system as the back bones to my life. Each vertebrae is comprised of the various people who have had my back (pun intended) each step of the way. Even as a reader of this blog, I consider you a part of my support system and an intangible asset.
So, for this weekend, spend some time thinking about those other intangible assets. Know that no matter how few tangible assets you think you have, your intangible assets will have significant value. Each of us carry different assets, but they’re all accretive to your self-worth. Happy Fitness Friday everyone!