I love this quote: “The single biggest difference between people who get what they want and people who don’t is energy.” (via Psychotherapist and Clinical Director Mira Kirshenbaum). So often I hear people complain about not having enough energy to reach their goals and that they need to have more energy to do all things they want to do in life. But did you know that the amount of energy you have has more to do with your mindset than anything else?
If you’re upset with the way things are going in your life, if you feel like you have bad luck or there’s a lack of opportunities available to you, but you want do to more, here’s the good news: YOU CAN! It all starts with you, your energy, and your attitude. You have total control over the amount of energy you have. To have more energy, you simply need to develop habits to create and protect it.
9 Golden Energy Rules to Have More Energy
Remember, the amount of energy you have is up to you! Here are 9 Golden Energy Rules to keep in mind and implement:
1.) Energy begets energy: Take a moment to think about the people you spend most of your time with. Are they positive, energetic people, or are they lazy, Debbie Downers? We feed off the energy of the people around us. If you want to have more energy, start hanging out with people that are movers and shakers.
2.) Energy is a decision: Again, energy has more to do with your mindset than anything else. It’s just like when you play hooky at work and call in “sick.” You work up your best sick voice to call your boss, and before you know it, you’re wondering, “AM I really sick?” Our minds have an amazing ability to convince our bodies how we feel. If you tell yourself you’re tired, you will be. DECIDE each day that you are awake, alive, and have all the energy in the world. You will instantly feel a difference!
3.) Premium fuel creates premium performance: It’s true: you are what you eat. If you put crap in your body, you’re going to feel like crap, too. Food is fuel. Choose foods that will fuel the rest of your day. Veggies, red fruits, and whole foods are the way to go!
4.) Strength and endurance require rest: To have more energy in your workouts and improve your strength and endurance, you need rest. Be sure to get enough sleep, so “I’m too tired,” isn’t your excuse to miss your workouts.
5.) Sleep is the ultimate fuel: Get to bed earlier at night, to be more productive during the day. Sleep does wonders for the body! It boosts mental ability, improves loss of body fat, slows the aging process, and improves healing. If you struggle to get to sleep at a decent time, gradually start making your bed time a little earlier by about 15 minutes every few days until you’re getting the recommended 8 hours a night.
6.) Language (vocal and physical) attracts energy: Express your feelings and match your message with your voice. A voice with vocal inflection attracts energy, while a flat, monotone voice leaves you feeling…flat. Body language works the same way. It’s hard to feel energetic when you’re slouching in your chair. Sit up straight with your shoulders back and have confident body language to instantly have more energy, improve your focus and improve your mood.
7.) Energy is valuable and must be protected: There are many people out there who are energy suckers and Negative Nancies. Protect your energy by refusing to spend time with people that bring you down.
8.) Emotion ZAPS energy: Hitting extreme emotional highs and lows really takes a tool on your energy, too. To have more energy, try to keep your emotions in check as you move throughout your day. Don’t stress over the little things.
9.) Energy requires a physical outlet: Nervous energy requires a physical outlet. When you feel nervous energy building up, channel it into your workouts or practice some type of calming activity like using a stress ball or tapping. Both (especially working out) are great ways to release stress.