Personal Energyby Stuart Harris
In a nutshell
1. Ten reasons to think about energy
From being good for your health, to being the reason you are actually alive and the basis for performance excellence, here are ten good reasons to think about energy.
- Charismatic people radiate distinctive energies.
- Becoming aware of energy will make you better equipped to deal with energy shortfalls.
- There are health benefits in being aware of energy levels.
2. People are their energy
Words such as atmosphere and mood and vibe and feel are commonly used to describe the impressions that we get from people and places. They all refer to the energies that we pick up from ourselves and from others.
- Managing people, even if it is only yourself, means dealing with their energies.
- Groups of people can develop huge energies, like the buzz at a large sporting event.
- To manage people, you need to connect with them, and that connection is energetic.
3. Your time, money and human energy
Time, money and energy are the raw materials or basic resources of the modern world.
- As with time and money, you can waste your energy, use it up, save it, and invest it. You can spend it, although people usually talk about using energy. And you can make energy.
- Energy spent in line with your values is an investment.
- The question you need to ask is ‘Is the energy I am using for activity X an investment or an expense?’
4. Mental, emotional and physical energy
Whatever you’re doing, you use physical energy, mental energy and emotional energy in varying proportions. The proportions depend on the activity.
- Mental energy powers ideas and thinking, and the internal processing of your mind.
- Emotional energy fuels feelings, such as excitement and desire, and contributes to your state of being.
- Physical energy manifests itself as bodily action and movements and powers all your physiology.
5. Need energy? A quick fix
Despite all the so-called labour saving devices we have, we are often low on energy in this very busy world.
- Step 1: Decide where in your body you are feeling lacking in energy
- Step 2: Do something for ten minutes that will help energise that part of your body
- Step 3: Review what you noticed so you can improve.
6. First steps to mastering mental energy
The brain operates at several levels of brainwaves. We need to get enough of each of the different types of brain activity to thrive.
- The level that many people lack is the alpha level – that relaxed state between being active and alert, and being asleep.
- There are several ways to get more Alpha brainwave time, including meditation, baroque music and brainwave synchronisers.
7. The spark of ideas, the laser of intent
- Insights are often the result of alpha brainwaves, and these lead to an energy charge, a surge of energy. It is the classical ‘Eureka!’ moment.
- If you want your insight to manifest, to become more than just an idea, you need to focus on it with the energy of intent. Intent is the basis for all goal achievement.
- And this is a self perpetuating loop. With a strong intent about a goal, the motivation this brings raises your energy which in turn pumps up your intent.
8. Focusing attention
Don’t think of your attention as free – you pay attention.
- Paying attention to things that don’t matter to you is an energy expense that you can’t reclaim.
- Paying attention to things that truly are important to you is an energy investment that yields immediate benefits and pays long-term dividends.
- We can achieve a lot when we totally focus on something, but that is not always easy in a world of constant interruption.
- The reason focus works is that energy flows where attention goes.
- Concentration can be improved with practise.
9. Using your energies efficiently
Efficiency is optimising the results you get for the energy you invest – or getting the results you want with the lowest possible energy investment.
- Energy use is not about being in a high energy state all the time. Indeed that can be counterproductive in some situations.
- Adjust your energy levels so they fit what you want to achieve.
10. Finding your energy balance
With long working hours, pressure at work, crowded roads, creaking public services and the constant babble of media, many people feel out of balance a lot of the time.
- Balance in energy terms is similar to physical balance. Think about the opposing forces at work here and aim for the middle ground that works for you.
- Balance things such as self-interest and altruism, giving and receiving, idealism and practicality.
11. Energy for creativity and pragmatism
You and your team can be both creative and pragmatic – it’s a matter of pointing your energy in the right direction at the right time.
- Creativity works better when you are open, relaxed and looking up to that blue sky of possibilities
- Pragmatism works better when you are focused in and close on something
12. Log your energy profile
It is well worth logging your energy levels during a few days or weeks to notice how they fluctuate, and what causes the changes.
13. Track your energisers and leeches
You can use your energy profile to identify your energy gains and losses.
- Energisers are those activities or environments or people that enable your energy, that enhance it.
- Leeches are the opposite and drain your energy away.
- When you consciously notice which is which in your life you can take action to avoid the leeches and spend more time with energisers