From the book, The Power Of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
We live in a digital time. Our rhythms are rushed, rapid fire, and relentless, our days carved up into bits and bytes. We celebrate breadth rather than depth, quick reaction more than considered reflection. We skim across the surface. We race through our lives without pausing to consider who we want to be or where we really want to go.
Everyone of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors has an energy consequence, for better or worse.
Leaders are the stewards of organizational energies in their companies.
We must learn to hold ourselves at least equally accountable for how we manage our energy physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Managing energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance. Performance is grounded in the skilled management of energy. Full engagement is the energy state that best serves performance. Full engagement requires 4 energy sources – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Cultures that encourage people to seek intermittent renewal not only inspire greater commitment, but also more productivity.
To improve physical energy:
- Eat 5 or 6 small low glycemic meals throughout the day; heavier ones for breakfast and lunch, lighter ones after lunch
- Drink 64 ounces of water daily
- Sleep 7 to 8 hours a night
- Exercise 20-30 minutes at a time 5 days a week at 60-85% heart rate
Spiritual energy is improved by valuing others and follow through with promises.
The search for meaning and purpose was defined by Joseph Campbell as the hero’s journey. It includes
- Measuring the power of purpose
- Positive purpose
- Intrinsic purpose
- A purpose beyond one’s self
- Values and virtues; a value in action is a virtue; it is walking the talk