Successful Life Coaching & Leadership Development
e-Newsletter for March, 2009
This monthThink Green
1. The Power of Full Engagement
2. Favorite Websites
3. Enter a Contest & Win Free Coaching for a Month
Somehow the color green and the word energy have become synonymous. Green energy is environmentally sustainable energy.
When we are young we take it for granted that the energy available to us is limitless (if we think about it at all). As we get older energy is something that a lot of us wish we had more of. Without energy we can’t do many of the things we want to do! Without energy we cannot be fully engaged in our lives!
In their book, The Power of Full Engagement, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz argue that if we want to be fully engaged in life ENERGY not TIME is our most precious resource. Everything in our lives depends on this including our performance, our health and our happiness.
A lot of us complain about not having enough energy to do all the things that we want to do. For years the emphasis has been on time management. Here’s an interesting tidbit. Our contemporary love affair with time management systems originated in 1921. That’s right 1921!
That was the year that The Filofax Time Planner was launched.
How do you spend your time? Remember, you create what you focus on!
· Do you spend all of your time responding to external demands?
· How fully engaged are you at work or in your chosen vocation?
In their book, Loehr and Schwartz report on the results of a Gallup Survey which found that:
· 30% of us are fully engaged at work
· 55% are not engaged
· 19% are actively disengaged
If the majority of us are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” and the primary reason is a lack of energy. We may want to ask ourselves, “What contributes to this shortage of energy?”
Poor eating habits, negativity and not fulfilling our purpose in life are three factors. The fourth one is “failure to seek regular renewal and recovery”.
Did you know that after working (expending energy) for between 90 and 120 minutes our bodies begin to crave a period of rest and recovery? In fact, your body will try to bring this to your attention in a number of ways: increased feelings of tension, hunger pangs, difficulty concentrating, desire to yawn or stretch and an inclination to procrastinate.
According to Loehr and Schwartz, the secret is to balance energy expenditure with intermittent energy renewal. In other words you need to take recovery breaks every 90 to 120 minutes through-out the day.
These don’t have to be long breaks but during these breaks you need to do one of the following:
· Eat something nutritious
· Do something physical (take a quick walk around your building)
· Do some yoga or stretching
· Meditate (you can meditate in 5 minutes of less)
Finally, Loehr and Schwartz write that “purpose is a unique source of energy and power”. Here’s an exercise from their book: The Power of Engagement.
Take a pen and paper and answer the following questions using a scale of 1 10:
· How excited are you to get to work in the morning?
· How much do you enjoy what you do for its own sake?
· How accountable do you hold yourself to a deeply held set of values?
If the answer to these questions total 27 or more, it suggests that you already bring a significant sense of purpose to what you do. If you answer falls below 22, you are more likely going through the motions.
As a popular radio commercial reminds us, “Your life awaits you”. Don’t let a lack of energy hold you back!
This month’s favorite website:
http://www.helpthehoneybees.com This is a cool site with lots of facts and info to help you create a “bee friendly garden”. We need the honeybees!
Draw for Free Coaching Sessions:
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