Burned-out is easy. Neglect your energy and you’ll go out like an unstoked fire. Fire always cools without fuel.
Ten years ago, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz wrote, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal. It still sells like hotcakes. They wrote:
“The number of hours in a day is fixed,
but the quantity and quality of energy
available to us is not.”
Those who care about performance fuel their own fire.
“Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency
of high performance.” Loehr and Schwartz
If you can’t name five things you habitually do to fuel your fire, I predict you’ll soon be ashes. Annual vacations don’t count. I’m talking weekly or daily routines.
12 ways to fuel your own fire:
- Stop trying to control others. Few things drain energy more than trying to make others do things they don’t want to do. Align don’t force.
- Listen without solving.
- Live your life, not the life others want you to live.
- Create predictability with useful systems.
- Complete tasks. Long-term projects are like Chinese water torture. Break them down. Create a series of completion points.
- Take slow walks. They don’t need to be long, just slow. Tip: Try whistling.
- Go to bed!
- Hold your head up and breathe deep.
- Let small stuff be small.
- Do more of what you love. Off-set energy draining activities with energy giving activities. You completed three energy drainers, go find vitality. I love being with people. Grabbing a coffee refuels my tank.
- Eliminate clutter.
Bonus: Hang with positive friends.
Stoke your own fire. No one else will. Don’t wait for the energy fairy. She ain’t coming.
What are leadership energy drainers?
What daily routines help leaders restore personal vitality?