My most valuable resource is energy. I used to say it was time. When I discovered that energy was my most precious resource it became glaringly obvious. Yes, my time very important. Once it’s spent, it’s spent and I’ll never get it back.
My energy is more important than my time because it is the most influential factor on how my time is spent.
When I look at the achievements of people I admire, they all have at least one thing in common; they all have 24 hours in a day. It’s how I spend my hours that determine what I achieve and, I repeat, how I spend my hours is influenced by my energy.
Energy issues in two forms: physical energy and emotional energy
So if I want to make the most of the limited time I have in this life, then managing both of these forms of energy is imperative. The two forms of energy have an impact on each other too. If I take steps to improve my physical energy, then my emotions move in a positive direction. If I take steps to improve my emotional energy, then I’m more inspired and feel more in the mood for doing thing that will positively impact my physical energy.
With understanding all of this about energy, one of the most ironic things I hear in coaching is the reason why people don’t spend as much time tending to their physical and/or emotional energy as they say know they should… they don’t have time.
You do have time. You may be lacking incentive, or priorities, or self-love but you are not lacking time!
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Ensure you spend adequate amounts of that time on things that will increase energy.
Drink water. I once wrote a whole article about drinking water; it’s the first thing I turn to for just about any issue and drinking water is the first thing I do every day.
Get conscious about what else you are putting into your body too. Eat well. If unsure about what to put in your body, then make it a point to learn.
Think energy producing thoughts. Emotional energy is largely influenced by the thoughts you have. You have control over your thoughts. Those who don’t think so have simply not learned the skills and/or are not practiced enough at it. Thinking well is a skill that can be learned.
Sleep enough. Aside from having a child in your care, there are not many good excuses for not giving yourself enough sleep. If you think you don’t have enough time to have adequate sleep, please go back to the top of this article and start reading again. If your thoughts are keeping you awake, refer to the previous paragraph.
Breathe – consciously. Take time to relax your mind and body regularly throughout the day. Breathe. Someone said to me the other day “I’m running around like a chook with its head cut off”. Amusing visual but not likely an effective way for navigating the day or life. All of the things you have to get done are going to get done… because you’re probably the kind of person who gets them done. For what reason are you adding anxiety to the mix? Stress and anxiety are not sustainable. Calm energy is.
Love. Love creates energy. Make time to love like the cliché… you must love yourself before you can truly love someone else. I don’t care if it’s cliché or if it sounds hippy, it’s true, so get with the program. Everybody is worthy of self-love and self-care. If you don’t know how, learn. It’s a learnable skill, just like learning to think well.
Follow your heart and do things that you are passionate about. Energy grows like weeds inside of passion. If you can’t spend all day on your passion, at least find some time regularly. If you’re lacking too much in the self-love department to give that time to yourself, remember self-love is a learnable skill.
Have fun on the journey. All of these suggestions are learnable. We all slip up sometimes. You do not have permission to beat yourself up in the learning process – that would be energy draining…
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from doing what excites you.”
- Oprah Winfrey