Eliminate clutter, noise,
distractions, and people who drain your energy. Beginning
today, make a concentrated effort to rid your life
of whatever youve been tolerating. Begin by
making a list of ten tolerations. Now take action
to eliminate them, permanently, when possible. Most
people say that eliminating a big toleration causes
them to immediately feel more energy -- as if a tremendous
weight has just lifted! To have a high quality life
and be healthy, you need all the energy you can get.
By eliminating extraneous "stuff," you will
noticeably enhance access to the supportive energy
that naturally flows through your life.
2. Create 10 Daily
Habits that Support Being at Your Best.
Carefully chosen daily
habits are cues that remind you to act deliberately.
Acting deliberately has been described as operating
from a place of deep inner calm. Access to inner calm
prompts you to respond to life in a manner appropriate
to the moment rather than merely reacting based on
whatever emotion may be active at the time. By practicing
10 Daily Habits that support your best, you conserve
your energy and resources so that they can be used
to make life better for yourself and those around
3. Notice Lifes
Count your blessings.
Tend the garden before you. Enjoy the effect of what
you cause. There are a thousand ways to express this
idea, so heres a tip to help you capture the
magic of this principle: Create a Book of Small Wonders.
In it, write what you accomplished today. Include
what you are especially proud of, how you handled
difficult situations, how you grew personally and
professionally, and those little unexpected moments
of wonder that happened in the course of your day.
Dont underestimate the power of this simple
practice: it shifts people from frustration to a sense
of hope and opportunity with the stroke of a pen.
4. Develop and Practice
an Instant Centering Sequence.
Here are some tips to
a- Take brief midmorning
and midafternoon work breaks.
b- Get a few minutes
of muscular movement every hour or so during the day.
c- Sustain your breathing
-- its been said that its the inner breathing
of the one hundred trillion cells in our body thats
fundamental to how we act, feel, and think. Continuous,
steady breathing is essential to calm, focused energy
in any situation.
d- Practice present moment
awareness. Our ability to acknowledge whats
happening in the present moment, and to flow with
it, influences our capacity for responding to hidden
Whats the quickest
way to activate an Instant Centering Sequence? Begin
by simply feeling your physical body and noticing
the sensations you find there. Our entire being is
a huge sensing apparatus -- all we have to do is begin
to understand what it is telling us, and respond from
that inner wisdom. Need help? Begin with relaxing
(see #5 below) and ask your coach to help you uncover
and develop these natural abilities.
5. Take Time-Out Twice
If youve tried
meditating before and thought it wasnt your
cup of tea, now is a great time to try again. Heres
a simple, effective way to begin. Sit comfortably
and watch your breath, especially the exhalation phase.
Imagine youre like a dolphin -- as a dolphin
surfaces, it blows all the air from its lungs. The
natural result is for plenty of air to flood back
in. In meditation, breathe out completely, but keep
it effortless. Notice how there is a pause at the
end of your out breath, and then a natural impulse
to breathe in. Doing this for ten minutes will have
you experiencing a much more relaxed state. Twenty
minutes can significantly restore your sense of energy
and vitality for what lies ahead. Try meditating or
relaxing in this fashion for twenty minutes at least
one session a day, preferably in the morning. If youd
prefer to listen to a relaxation tape as an alternative
to meditation, I recommend audiotape programs created
by Emmett Miller, MD. Try using his 10-minute tape
during work breaks.
6. Eat small, frequent,
balanced, meals and snacks.
Weve all heard
that "we are what we eat." But did you know
that your energy moods are affected by what, and when,
you eat? The key point here is when you eat a small
amount of a well-balanced food choice every two and
a half to three hours, you keep your brain (and body)
supplied with those nutrients essential for best performance.
Of course, the terms "small and well-balanced"
are important to bear in mind, but thats a discussion
for another time.
7. Exercise Regularly
for Structural Balance and Good Health.
From my perspective as
a former rehabilitative exercise therapist whose clinical
practice specialized in postural education and body-core
integration for performance athletes, attention to
good posture is vital for getting the greatest benefit
from exercise. Fitness Tip: Learn what "dynamic
moving balance" feels like, and exercise in such
a way as to support and enhance it. The right coach
is invaluable in this regard. Also, dedicate some
time to doing rhythmic "aerobic" cardiovascular
exercise as well. Its good for your heart in
more ways than one.
8. Know Your Mission,
Vision, and Purpose.
Have you identified a
clear vision for your personal and professional life?
Do your recognize the power of clarifying and reviewing
your vision on a regular basis? This is a recurring
theme in my work with high-achievers. We all need
a clear vision to orient around that helps us stay
on track when we hit stormy seas (or get tempted by
the latest fad). A vision is something felt in your
heart, expressed in words and symbols, and undeniable
once youve found yours. Circumstances may change
(and probably will), but your vision has been with
you for a long time because it is who you are,
or at least, one of the more profound expressions
9. Strengthen Your
Communities are great
for creation and creativity. The community you select
will prompt results in your life that you simply could
not get on your own. The key term here is select.
The benefit of a chosen community is it brings out
your best -- their best brings out your best. We naturally
upgrade our community throughout our lives as we develop
personally and spiritually. The process of strengthening
community may take time, but being around people who
hold you to your personal highest and best, is unmatched
in its contribution to our lives.
10. Create Reserves.
Now, heres an interesting
topic: Reserves. Lets define Reserve as "having
enough plus a little bit more," or even "some
extra thats put away." Why would you want
Reserve? With Reserve in a few key areas, you gain
a sense of freedom to be and deliver your best. A
Reserve of anything can translate to feeling a sense
of peace and possibility. Each of us have our own
unique sense of how Reserve works in our lives. Its
not about acquisition; its about the process
of creating and owning a Reserve, and how negotiating
that process empowers us with a sense of our natural
ability to make a difference in the present moment.
What would it be like to have a Reserve of Balanced,
Focused Energy in your life today? Good things will
come to you in the process of creating one!
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