More Energy, More Joy, More Often
How much better does your day go when you feel ENERGIZED? I know when I feel energized, I see the difference in all facets of my life… Better ideas, better focus, better connection with others, better meetings, better results!
All these positive energy vibes bring better feelings and emotions! When you feel better, you do better; You experience more joy! What if you could feel energized and experience MORE ENERGY and MORE JOY — MORE OFTEN?
Where Energy Comes From
Do you know where your personal energy comes from, and how you can get more of it when you want it? Is it in your favorite hot or cold beverage? Is it what you eat? Is it a good night’s sleep? Is it your physical condition?
We intuitively know that good diet, sleep and fitness create a strong platform for personal energy, but there’s still one thing that determines your energy level more than all of these. Can you guess what it is?
High Performance Habits
This week I’ve been reading Brendon Burchard’s book, High Performance Habits – How Extraordinary People Become That Way. I’ve been particularly intrigued with one of the six habits, “Generate Energy”.
Burchard introduces the idea that we are not just energy consuming beings … exuding energetic behavior until the calories and caffeine run out. We can actually tap into “the ‘capital E’ energy within” and be energy generating beings!
“…You don’t have to wait for joy, motivation, love, excitement, or any other positive emotion in life. You can choose to generate it on demand, any time you want, through the power of habit.”
From One Activity to the Next
The key idea that has really had an impact on my thinking is this:
“Our days comprise a series of transitions.
These transitions are immensely valuable – a powerful space of freedom between activities. And it’s in this space that you’ll discover your greatest restorer and amplifier of energy.
… Changing the way you shift from one activity to the next …can revitalize your life.”
Burchard introduces a few high-performance practices for our transitions. Here are two of them…
1. Release Tension, Set Intention
The first is to remember this saying and repeat it during a transition:
“Release Tension, Set Intention”
In completing one activity (a phone call, a meeting, a batch of email processing, etc.…), repeat this statement. This helps you to be aware of any tension you may have accumulated in one activity and let it go so you can be fully present in the next activity. Part of being fully present is entering each activity with clear intention. When you release stress, you have a sort of “clean slate” to ask, “What do I want from the upcoming situation, and what sort of energy will I bring to positively impact the situation?”
2. New Mental Triggers
The second is to create a few “New Mental Triggers.” Burchard introduces the idea of “triggers” and suggests we can set up our own. Here are my three favorites:
Bring the Joy Trigger
Burchard suggests setting regular alarms throughout the day that remind you to “Bring the Joy” to whatever you’re doing when the alarm sounds.
I think this one goes along with the previous idea of “Set Intention”. I see a virtuous harmony between Bringing the Joy and Setting Intention. When you bring joyous energy to a situation, you amplify or accelerate achievement of the outcomes you intend – and when you set intention, you increase outcomes that bring joy!
Door Frame Trigger
Burchard suggests that every time you walk through a door frame, you say to yourself “I will find the good in this room. I’m entering this space a happy person ready to serve.” I really like this one! Imagine how this can impact your mindset as you walk into a meeting, or into your home at the end of a day.
Another transition we encounter is going from being alone to being with others. Knowing how vital human touch can be to well-being and happiness, Burchard has taken up the practice of hugging almost everyone he meets. What sort of an impact might you have with appropriate touch for situations you are in? Would amplifying well-being and happiness in those around you generate more of the energy you want?
My Transition Practice
This past week I was at a conference immediately after reading the High-Performance Habits book on the plane. I made it a point to practice the “door frame trigger”, saying to myself “I will find the good in this room! I will bring love, service and joy to every interaction.” The outcome was significant! I found myself smiling more. I must have appeared more approachable and open because I had lots of interesting and engaging conversations … I hugged a few more people than I normally would have, and I found people who could help and serve me, and noticeably more ways I could help and serve others.
Generating Energy with Mindset
Let me know what you think. As you practice Releasing Tension and Setting Intention do you find you are more present? Is your intention amplifying your energy for achievement?
Practice one or two of the “New Mental Triggers” and tell me if this is bringing more energy to your interactions.
Transform Thoughts to Energy
Enjoy your new ability to transform your thoughts into energy! You can bring more energy to your interactions and you can generate energy in others because of the enthusiasm and intention you bring to each new situation!
Be energetic this week!
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Professional EOS Implementer