Joel’s newsletter on It's All About Energy, September 16, 2009
An ezine about Creative thinking, Coaching, and Making a difference
Energy is an issue that never goes away. We hear about the global energy crisis, energy shortages, the importance of conserving energy, the search for new sources and new forms of energy. Energy is one of those basic needs, along with food, air and water.
Everything requires energy. And that includes ourselves, too. Not only is energy necessary for running cars, heating homes, and keeping lights lit, it's necessary for our own well-being and performance.
How much energy do you have? Are you a high-energy or a low-energy person? Actually the question is not really that simple. Because there are different kinds of energy, and our energy level varies, based on many factors. But it's pretty obvious that there are some people who seem to have more energy, in general, than others.
Look at those people who are happy, healthy, successful, and fun to be around. What do they have in common? Most likely, they all have more energy than the average person. It's all about energy!
What's the difference between a healthy individual and someone who is ill? It's more than being pain-free. It's about having the energy to function normally. And being really fit is about having an abundance of energy so you can accomplish everything you've got on your schedule without getting exhausted. I know that when I'm sick or in recovery, I have very limited energy. I have to lie down and rest after a few minutes of activity. When I'm finally well again, I can do it all with no problem. Again, it's all about energy!
What is the difference between someone who is happy and fun loving, and someone who is down, depressed, or pessimistic? Again, it's energy level. In general people who are happy and having fun are bubbling with lots of energy. When you're down or depressed, you have much less energy. Even getting out of bed could be an effort.
When we're talking about levels of energy in people, there are really several different kinds of energy - for example, physical, emotional, and mental. There may also be more subtle kinds of energy, like the energy of consciousness or psychic energy.
What about someone who is popular with other people? Chances are he/she is more upbeat, smiles more, is more talkative, more active, and more proactive. Again, it's energy that makes the difference. You guessed it, it's all about energy!
What about people who are more successful in their business, career, job or life? Don't they have more energy than those who are mediocre or struggling? Those who are less successful may actually work harder, but if they had more energy available, it wouldn't be such a struggle. Successful people, on the other hand, have access to greater reserves of energy, both within themselves and from outside resources.
When you have enough energy, work doesn't feel like work. You can do it without excess effort and it doesn't make you tired.
What about people who are good at selling, speaking, leading or influencing others? They seem to exude more energy than most. We all know that enthusiasm sells. That kind of energy is contagious. It can get you excited and make you want to take action.
Yes, our energy makes a difference in all aspects of our lives. To be healthy and live a fulfilled, happy life, it's vital that we maintain high levels of energy.
However, there is an important distinction. Energy can be catabolic or anabolic. Catabolic energy is destructive, while anabolic energy is constructive. So what we really want is more anabolic energy!
Where do we get more anabolic energy? That's a very important question that I'll save for an upcoming issue.
In the meantime I invite you to take a look at Energy Leadership, which is a proven system to help you build more anabolic energy in yourself and your organization, and to reap the rewards! Contact Joel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-701-1007 for more information.
Creative thinking tip
Get physical! When you've been using your mind for a while to try and think creatively, you can often run out of steam, even to the point where it seems like you're fighting just to keep your mind focused. That's a sign that it could be time for a physical break. Get up and stretch, take a walk, chop some wood (or do some other physical task). That gets the energy flowing again. When the energy is moving in your body, it also brings fresh energy to your mind.
I took a break several times while writing this newsletter. It helped me come up with some new and better ideas. I hope it shows in the result! :-)
Doing physical activity is also beneficial for another reason. It changes your immediate environment and perspective, which provides new stimuli to your mind. The mind thrives on new stimuli which it needs to keep the ideas fresh.
So when you find your mind slowing down, get the body moving. And when the ideas start flowing again, go and write them down!
I welcome your thoughts, all about energy, creative thinking, or any other aspect of this newsletter. Please email me at email@example.com. Thanks!
Quote of the week
The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results." - Anthony Robbins
I believe this is true, although I'm not sure that body efficiency depends only on energy level. But I find that I do feel much better when I have more energy. Then obstacles don't seem as overwhelming, and I do get more done. Also my mind works better, and then I can use my talents more effectively. I believe that many people undervalue the importance of personal energy, so I would agree that raising one's energy level is worth doing whatever it takes!
This newsletter is written by Joel Remde, to receive this newsletter via email contact firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome your comments and feedback; that will help me learn what you’re interested in and also make this a better newsletter.
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