Tuesday, October 19, 2010 · 9:54am ET

Maintaining Energy for the Journey

Posted by: Harold Byne

I love to walk this time of year … I love the rustle of the leaves underfoot, and the canopy of colour overhead.  I love the opportunity it avails for thought and reflection. 

On a walk the other day, I found myself reflecting on a question I had been asked earlier that day during a coaching session.  The individual, struggling to maintain his momentum asked, Where do you get your energy and how do you keep it up, all the time?”  Of course I do not stay energized all the time, no one does, and as I walked  that day, I was reflecting on the cycles and seasons of life, and the ebbs and flows in my own life.  I thought of the fact that the foiliage on the trees had to die, so the trees could burst forth into new life in a few months.  I realized that anything that is alive will experience cycles and seasons, and the depletion of energy is simply part of the cycle.

There are some things we can do that will help us maintain our momentum …

  • Know What and Who your energy depleters are.  We all have those things and people in our lives that will suck the energy out of us.  Knowing what and who they are is the beginning to counteracting them.  I like to recommend that people take some time, and make a list of their energy depleters,. You have to know where and how the energy is depleted.  It is very useful to develop a plan to manage and monitor them. You may not be able to get rid of them, but you can manage them.
  • Know What and Who your energizers are.   When you feel most energized, identify the source of your energy boost. – pay attention to what you have been doing and who you have been with.  Strategize to keep those things in your life and make room in your calendar for those energizing people.
  • Establish a Rest/Regeneration Rhythm to your life.  Because life will always mean an expense of energy, we need to plan for rest and regeneration.  We need a yearly, monthly, weekly, daily rhythm, that affords time  to regroup and refill the tank.  That’s what vacation is suppose to be all about, although if often doesn’t deliver, and those yearly breaks will never be enough to sustain us.   The establishment of a regular rhythm will work wonders.   
  • Think Balance Understand that us humans are multi-dimensional, complex creatures.  We are physical, intellectual, emotional, relational, spiritual, and it is critical that we keep all parts of our experience aligned if we are going to experience a healthy life balance.  Without it, the reality of day to day living will suck the energy out of us.

Here’s a thought … After you read this take out your calendar and schedule in a walk in the woods.  Then, as you feel and listen to the leaves rustling under foot, and drink in the beauty of the colours all around, make a commitment to create a personal energy/regeneration plan.  I have coaching processes that are designed to help with this very need.  Give me a call, I would love to hear from you.  HB

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