Tired? Overwhelmed? Manage your energy not time.
This is Energy MONTH! Why? Because I feel we need an extra “rush” of energy to really enjoy and savor the holidays.
Energy is the number one currency for life. You have 24 hours in a day. Time is fixed. Energy can either be abundant or lacking. Happiness, health and productivity are all based on ONE thing – ENERGY! Since 2009, I have been using the concept of the Power of Full Engagement with my coaching clients and myself. You can create habits for each type of energy. This is a quick version of what I do to get you started.
Physical Energy – The Quantity of Energy which Engages your Body
Ask yourself: What action step do I need to do to perform at my best for: nutrition, moving my body, sleep, hydration, and breathing?
Example: Gary and I get to bed at 10:30 p.m. as he wants to swim at 5:30 am and I usually have a 7 am client. It is so easy to stay up late, read, and watch TV. Our evening creates our next day. When I wake up, I pour myself a big glass of water and drink 5 12-ounce glasses each day. I refresh myself with Triple E breathing (breathe in energy, empowerment, and enthusiasm and let go of worries, challenges and obstacles on the exhale). I do this before every coaching call, talk or event.
I use buckets of mental energy when I prepare for a keynote with tons of quiet time which boosts my creativity. For mental focus before each talk I perform the cross crawl. Stand. Lift your right arm and left leg simultaneously. Lower these and raise your left arm and right leg. Continue for 1 minute and breathe deeply. This gets both parts of your brain working together.
Mental Energy – The Focus of your Energy which Engages Your Mind
Ask yourself: What action step do I need to do to perform my best for: focus and concentration, solid mental preparation, positive thinking, creativity, and time management?
For focus I must have a totally quiet environment that I admit has been a challenge with dear retired Gary home watching TV during the day. (And of all TV shows – westerns!) When I get a “downer email” I use the www.positivityratio.com and think of 3 positives to balance out the 1 negative. Works like a charm.
Emotional Energy – The Quality of Energy which Engages Your Heart
Ask yourself: What action step do I need to do to perform my best for: solution based optimism, keeping my confidence level high, and staying emotionally engaged with people?
Being with people is my confidence booster. Even going to the grocery store or post office can boost my confidence. When I turned 35 I started the daily habit of telling 3 people something nice each day, which boosts every one spirits. My favorite is to notice if a stranger’s eyes match their shirt. I tell them that and they respond as if they won the lottery.
Spiritual Energy – The Force of Energy which Engages your Spirit
Ask yourself: What are my passions? What is my purpose? What is my vision for my life?
I ask myself what is the purpose of the project or article I am writing. What is the purpose of taking all this time to cook Gary dinner…ah yes, Chere your value is family dinnertime. Remind yourself what is your vision for the life only you can create.
Full engagement is using all four types of energy at ONE time. Full engagement needs to have energy investment balanced with intermittent energy deposits. Your productivity depends on energy expenditure and recovery. Use all four types of energy for 90 to 120 minutes and take a break for rest and recovery. I have several clients who’ve taken this a step farther by being full engaged for 3 hours and then taking 3 hours to get outside, see a movie or visit a friend – with NO guilt! Try it! Your spirit will be glad you did AND so will your personal and business bottom line.
This tool was adopted from the magnificent book, The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
I hope these examples help you like they have helped my clients.
What habits do you use to create energy in your life? We can’t wait to hear.
Please remember to savor the holidays as there is only one 2015 holiday season.