When your energy is depleted, it takes much less to send you over the edge into Chaos-land. To keep chaos at bay, I’m giving you two ways to deliberately put in pockets of energy in each of the five areas (emotional, spiritual, intellectual/mental, physical, and creative).
- Emotional: Keep your “I love you’s” up to date. You never know. What else do I need to say?
- Emotional: Recognize anger and hostility for what they are. Anger is fresh and can be avoided (sometimes) and managed (always, albeit with help at times). Hostility is old anger–and needs more attention, sometimes from a professional. If you have hostility that is eating you up inside, it’s subtracting your emotional energy. To get your pocket back, forgive, forget, address it, get help. A person with hostility can’t put in an emotional energy pocket.
- Physical: Eat and drink what is right for you. Don’t eat and drink what isn’t right for you. If you are reading this and are at least 12 years old, you know the difference.
- Physical: Get enough sleep. If you are reading this and are at least 5 years old, you probably aren’t getting enough right now.
- Intellectual/Mental: Keep learning. Our brains need to be fed and learning is what feeds them. I am convinced that part of why my mother, at 78, is at least as sharp as she was at 38 is because she is a learning machine. She lives in an assisted living facility and her physical health isn’t what it was, to say the least, but her mental energy hasn’t abated. She is curious about everything. She reads, she watches the History Channel and then checks out books about what she learned, she talks about what she’s learned, she surfs the ‘net, she does word games, etc. It’s amazing. Do whatever you need to do to feed your brain and give yourself some pockets there.
- Intellectual/Mental: Learn new words. We feel smarter (and we are smarter) when we can find the right word to express what we are trying to express. I love getting the word of the day from http://www.visualthesaurus.com/ and from www.MerriamWebster.com. I also like talking to people who use interesting and new words. It makes me stretch (and gives me a little bit of a pocket).
- Spiritual: Be thankful for what you have and marvel at life’s miracles. Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” The second one gives you more ample spiritual pockets.
- Spiritual: Spend time with the Universe. It might be in prayer, in the outdoors, or with people who need your help (my sister-in-law and two nieces went to China recently to work in an orphanage, but you can go to a school, hospital, neighborhood, or family near you where there are people who need your help).
- Creative: What makes us human is our creativity and problem-solving capabilities, but if our pockets in other areas are gone, so is our creativity. And let’s face it, the majority of you reading this email weren’t hired for your bodies (sorry to insult you), but you were hired for your ability to be creative–to think and generate ideas and solutions. So, first of all, acknowledge your creativity and the contribution it makes to your workplace and your personal life.
- Creative: Have the tools that allow you to be creative: time, space, special paper, unique writing implements, inspiring books, people who encourage you. It’s different for each of you reading this, but whatever it is, obtain, treasure, and protect those tools.
This is kind of a heavy-duty week, isn’t it? We are nearing the end of the ‘Pockets’ series, and I hope you are “getting” how intertwined these are.
And if you’d like ways that you can maximize your positive energy and minimize your negative energy, then you will want to access the teleseminar Energy Charting: Quantify Your Value. All of the ideas in this class are offered with the intention of assisting you in your quest to have your energy, attitude, and direction fully focused on high-priority and high-value endeavors.