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Introduction to Physical Energy
Physical energy is the most fundamental source of all our energy. It’s the root of our alertness and vitality. It allows us to think creatively, to manage emotions, to perform even basic tasks. The importance of Physical Energy is often overlooked by leaders and managers in business who expect their staff to work long hours at peak performance...
Everyone knows that sleep is important, but how much do you actually need? And what impact does getting too little have on your performance, productivity and engagement? This video explores...
Recent research estimates that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated most of the time. That’s pretty shocking when you consider the effect dehydration has on your body, mind and energy.
At the most basic level, physical energy comes from the interaction between Oxygen and Glucose. Our glucose levels at any given time depend on what we last ate, when we ate it and what our levels of physical exertion currently are. But it’s not just about the quantity, but the quality of the foods we all eat.
In most jobs our bodies have been completely cut out of the equation of performance. We spend most of the time sitting down, sometimes not leaving the office until the end of the working day. When leaders and managers don’t appreciate the importance of exercise and movement in the day, they overlook a primary opportunity to help people to perform at their best.
Most of us take breathing for granted, and we don’t give it much thought. But when it comes to being energised and controlling that energised state, breathing is one of our most powerful resources. In fact, about 90% of our energy is supported by oxygen in the air we breathe. It oxidises our food, converting it into energy. You can see that breathing is important!
Marathon runners know that to run faster, you need to run slower. What that means is that if you start runs more slowly and use your energy efficiently, you’ll have more energy when you need it towards the end. By running slower at times, your overall runs become faster. The same applies at work. If you rest more, you’ll get more done.
How you start your day has a profound influence on how productive you’re going to be. Most of us start off in an entirely reactive way. We feel groggy, we hit snooze, we slope out of bed and tell ourselves we just need some sugar or caffeine. We leave the house grumpy, rushed, distracted and unfocussed. Surely there's a better way?
Introduction to Emotional Energy
Do you know someone who’ll find a reason to get upset, regardless of what happens to them? Conversely, do you know people find a positive to focus on and be happy, regardless of what they experience or feel? How we manage our emotions has a profound impact on how fulfilled and happy we are. Positive emotions drive an amazing level of energy within us.
Positive Energy Rituals
Too few of our clients allow themselves the time to simply enjoy things for their own sake. How often in your daily life do you experience joy or deep satisfaction? How many hours a week do you set aside for the pleasurable activities and the recovery they provide? When was the last time you completely disconnected and let go?
Negative emotions can be useful: they help us evaluate our experience. But From an energy perspective negative emotions are exhausting. Carrying negative emotions around with us is like going for a long hike wearing a heavy backpack. Your energy will run out far more quickly than it would if you weren’t carrying anything.
Managing emotional energy can seem trickier and more complex than managing physical energy. Healthy friendships can be an excellent source of positive energy and renewal.
Many of our coaching clients want to feel more confident. Whether it’s the senior leader with imposter syndrome or the successful person with doubts about their abilities, we’ve all felt it at some point. Lacking confidence is like an all-pervading illness, and many of us hope for something like a magic pill to make us better...
We place far too much value on discipline and willpower. We think that exercising self- control, trying harder or being more focused will somehow help us achieve what we want. But there’s a major flaw in that thinking. We use up our energy reserves for self-control very quickly. The less we need to rely on those energy reserves the better.
Communication skills are vitally important and influence every part of your life. Of all those communication skills, listening is the most important.
People often get stuck in their own agendas at work. Some pride themselves on being headstrong and focused in order to get stuff done. The downside is that while they’re doing it, others can end up feeling undervalued, demeaned and unheard. Empathy doesn’t come naturally to all of us but is like a muscle that can be developed and built on over time.
Introduction to Mental Energy
If there's one thing we all notice at the end of a long day at the office, it’s how we can struggle to hold a thought in our heads or function efficiently. This is normally due to mental fatigue.
What’s it like to work with optimists? Some of you watching this will say, ‘it’s great’. Some of you will roll your eyes and say ‘it can be a struggle’. Both answers are correct – but for different reasons.
Some say that the factors determining our success in life are 80% psychological and only 20% physical. How you think about something will have an enormous influence over whether you actually achieve it.
Visualisation is a powerful tool. It can help us create absolute certainty about an outcome. The confidence and empowerment we get from positive visualisation helps to invigorate our mental energy.
What is self-talk? It’s that voice that chats to you inside your head. And it’s probably telling you right now that you don’t have a voice that chats inside your head. That’s what we call self-talk.
Effective Time Management
Managing our energy, not our time, is the key to high performance. Time management is not a goal in itself. Instead, it serves the pursuit of effective energy management.
Our brains use up a great deal of energy. Though it comprises only 2% of our body’s mass the brain uses up an astonishing 25% of its oxygen. The more time we spend in sustained conscious thought without taking a break, the more susceptible we’ll be to lapses in judgment. In business we tend to exhaust our mental energies on a daily basis.
Introduction to Spiritual Energy
We’re not referring to specific religious beliefs here, which some, but not all of us may hold, but to something far more general and fundamental. Spiritual energy is about our connection to a deeply held set of values and to a purpose that transcends our own self-interest.
The most successful people tend to be those most passionate about their work and their lives as a whole. They’re not necessarily the most talented; it’s their passion that gives them the strength to succeed when others give up.
Our spiritual energy drives us at a profound level. It’s what motivates us and what encourages us in our determination to succeed.
If integrity is about reliability and doing what you say you’ll do, then honesty is about telling the truth, to others and to ourselves.
If we live in alignment with our most deeply held values, then we’re fuelling our growth and development. But too often, the decisions we make are barely decisions at all. They're emotional reactions to what we’re experiencing, and often serve to fill some momentary emotional deficit.
We all face extraordinary demands on our time and our energy. Few of us are content to be ordinary, in our work, our marriages, as parents, as children, or within our communities. That's why we need deeply held values, to drive our purpose.
You’ve watched the videos. Now here are some action points, based on the four energies we’ve explored in the course: Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual.
- About the four sources of energy
- About sleep, hydration, nutrition, exercise
- About breathing & interval resting
- About positive energy rituals
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