How are you spending your energy? Each day we are using our energy for multiple tasks. You can spend your energy on things as big or as small as you like. It could be a work day doing various jobs. Or as small as opening a refrigerator door. But whatever you're doing, you're spending energy. I learned this concept from Dr. Bruce Lipton. The man behind the "Biology of Belief". He talked about an energy checkbook and how we spend it every day.
"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." ~Albert Camus
If you go for a walk, you're writing off a check in your energy checkbook. You go for a run, that's another check. You stretch. That's another check. You check your emails. Another check. Everything you're doing, you're writing checks in your energy checkbook. Writing them off and sending them off. Even now, as I write this blog, I am expending my energy. Although, I must say, it is my pleasure to do so.
The Energy Bank
“The older I get the more I try not to waste my time on negative energy.” ~Christine Baranski
Think of each day as having a certain amount of energy in your energy bank. What is taking your energy? What is draining your energy? What is drawing your energy? What is pulling your energy? What is pushing you around? What is sucking your energy? Or what is serving your energy?
Are you giving your energy to other things or people that are able to give you energy? Are you having your energy rebounded, refreshed, and renewed? Where or how might you get more energy? Wherever our awareness goes, energy flows. So, when we put energy into complaining, we shouldn't be surprised what comes back. If we put energy into negativity, we also know what's coming back.
"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." ~Oprah Winfrey
There is a saving grace to this. When we write in our energy checkbook to things such as our dreams, our passions, our purpose, our desires. Something good is coming back. You will receive a return on your investment and you will receive a return on your energy. You will reap the harvest of the good energy seeds you have sown.
I used to play a video game called "Oblivion". It was a massive role playing game where you could be anything you wanted. There were times in the game when I would pick up loot. Maybe a shield, some armor or gold trinkets. As I would continue to gather loot, there would always be a certain point that I picked up too much. Shiny object syndrome would kick in. I became very heavy and the character on the screen was unable to move.
“Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.” ~Jim Loehr
That's what encumbered means. Have you felt over encumbered? The feeling of being unable to move, having resistance and heaviness? Maybe after a big meal you ate a buffet, you felt stuck in place or burdened. What about energy burden? Have you felt over encumbered with your energy? You may have gotten some serious news and now you don't feel so light anymore. You feel very, very weighted down.
Well, my friend, you can release that energy. In fact, there are so many ways. But how will you recharge? Do you have a method or technique? What do you do to recharge? I have a friend who often tells me "Just as you charge your phone, you should charge yourself. You should charge your body and recharge your mindset. Recharge your beliefs.
We must be able to recharge ourselves like we charge our devices. To prevent burnout, we can take time to plug in to an energy source. To get back that energy that we've been writing off. After all, you deserve that energy. The energy we need for a large and fulfilling life. Because, when the energy is gone, so is the life that inhabits the body.
May your energy be plentiful, my friend. I pray you do not write off all your checks each day. That you can reduce the days you spend on things that don't serve you. That you can conserve your energy checkbook. Knowing this, it's no wonder that we can come home from jobs that don't serve us and feel spent. The time and energy we waste not coming back.
Find a way to replenish your energy and make it work for you. Reward yourself with something that will give you more energy. You'll find you feel so much better and, in turn, your world becomes brighter as well.
“The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” ~Norman Vincent Peale