Everything in life is energy.
When you really break it down, there are several types of energies that we could focus on:
I’d like to focus on what makes up each of those and how can we bring our energy each day to make the most out of our lives.
If you really think about physical energy, it’s about 3 things:
If you look at our lifestyles today, we really could use a lot of improvement in this area. If you take a step back and look at some of the changes in our culture over the last couple hundred years, most of us are focused on information and the changes that have come with technology, but 2 things that really impact our health that we don’t really talk about enough are nutrition and eating.
If you go back 200 years, the average American ate five pounds of sugar per year. Now we eat over 150 pounds of sugar per year. The average
American eats over 135 pounds of processed wheat. If you look at America, statistics say almost a third of our population is obese, which, by definition, is 20 pounds or more overweight. It would seem that we’ve got to get our eating habits right and pay attention to what we put into our bodies, what fuels us, and what gives us the best energy.
The other “innovation” that greatly impacts our energy and health is sleep.
Before electricity was invented, the average American slept somewhere between 10 and 11 hours per night. When electricity arrived on the scene, it changed the average amount of sleep from 10 to 11 hours down to about 8 hours per night. Now the statistics have shown that the average American sleeps 6.4 hours per night.
Lastly, the other area which impacts out energy is the amount of exercise we get. Many of us sit on our fannies at our computers or in the car.
If you take an honest look, it is pretty clear that we don’t move enough, we don’t sleep enough, and we’re probably undernourished, which all impacts our energy.
My goal is to help you to become aware of this and encourage you to create your own dietary, sleep, and exercise programs.
The next energy that I want to focus on is…
There are 4 things that we can focus on:
To help us better understand this concept, try to think of places that you get energy from.
Where might that be?
I get energized when I go into a bookstore. I love reading books, and I’ve become a bookworm in my second half of life. I get energy going to guitar shops. I’ve taught myself guitar, and I love playing all sorts of different guitars. I love going to churches, synagogues, or quiet places of worship. I feel a great energy there. When I reflected on this exercise, I also realized that I get energized when I go to grocery stores. They are a place to meet people and I believe there’s an energy in grocery stores – primarily around the outer perimeter where you can find fresh produce and natural foods. Those are places that give me energy. How about you?
When it comes to emotional energy, think about events. What events energize you? I’m a sports guy. I love going to sporting events because I love the energy. Although as I get older, I have a harder time sitting for three hours watching a game. Quite honestly, some of the sporting events have become too long.
I usually walk around the stadium, get some steps in, and soak up the energy at sporting events.
You can also take a look at activities: What activities can re-energize you? One of the things I try to do on a daily basis is to exercise. As I age, I’ve gone from intense workouts to lighter workouts more frequently such as yoga and swimming. I find it doesn’t break down my body as much.
I think the number one thing that affects our emotional energy – either improves or depletes it – is people.
Who are the people that energize you?
Think about who are the top five people you spend the most time with at work, and the top five people you spend the most time with socially… Write their names down, and after each name write a plus or minus after the name. A plus means that this person energizes you and a negative signifies that they drain your energy. If you have a list of 10 people, chances are there are two or three that have a negative after them.
If you want to lose energy, hang around energy vampires or people who drain your energy. This exercise scares a lot of us because we realize that we might have to change who we spend time with in our lives. That can be a hard thing to do.
Lastly, let’s take a look at…
Where do you find a power that’s greater than us? Some people call it God. Some people call it divine energy or a higher power, but whatever you want to call it, when we begin to realize that there’s a power that’s bigger than us out there, we can start to tap into this and fill our spiritual energy. One of the things that has really helped me tap into my spiritual energy and grow in this area is something I call my Book of Days.
I start my day with a ritual such as prayer or meditation in the morning, and then I journal before I go to bed at night, and I write down my reflections from the day, including:
- What am I most grateful for?
- What was the best thing that happened today?
- What did I do to live my ideal day?
- How did I allow God to work through me today?
- How did I create economic value?
- What am I most looking forward to tomorrow?
- What is one new thing I learned today?
- What did I do today to create a belly laugh?
These rituals really help me prepare for the day.
As you look at your life and begin to reflect more, ask yourself, where are you on a scale 1-10 with your energy? And if you say a 5-6, then pause and look at the things we just talked about (the physical, emotional, and spiritual energy) and ask yourself what you can do to get to a 10.
I hope your energy increases, and that this will help you take your energy to a higher and more focused level.