And it wasn't easy
But a new day begins tomorrow
I find comfort knowing tomorrow is a new day. A chance to start afresh, with renewed hope and enthusiasm. To forgive myself and others for small transgressions, both real and perceived. A chance to do a better job than the day before!
This same idea can apply to each moment. We have a choice about how to direct our energy through each moment of living.
In my previous post, I wrote about how various stimuli can affect our energy, which in turn affects how productive or effective (as defined by each person) we are in our personal and professional lives. I also mentioned that our goal is not the avoidance of all negative stimuli but being able to speed up our recovery time, so we get back to 'normal' without overstaying our visit to low energy land.
So what happens when a new day arrives, and the same stimuli continue to trigger the same negative energetic responses? In other words, what happens when the same 'buttons' get pushed, resulting in deep drop-offs of enthusiasm, concentration or confidence? All which affect performance. Productivity. And effectiveness.
If I had a 'button' proof answer - we would all be spared the energy-sapping traps we can easily fall into.
Read on -- some of these suggestions may be helpful
Bad habits play a central role in being triggered negatively. If you spend a lot of time thinking about and doing the same things repeatedly, they will stick. So do the opposite:
These mental maps exert tremendous influence and power over our reactions. And their influence is often unconscious. We often react without really knowing why:
On to higher energy,
What continues to surprise and intrigue me is just how much fluctuation we have in our thoughts, feelings and actions over the course of a minute, hour or day.
Each of us is exquisitely sensitive to an infinite number of internal and external stimuli — physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental — which affect our 'energy' levels. Some stimuli are energy-enhancing, others are energy-depleting.
Have you noticed how you can be engaged, committed, confident and enthusiastic and then something happens (a sharp comment, a glance, a feeling of guilt or shame) and you become quickly reluctant, distracted, insecure and disillusioned?
My view: The better you manage your energy, the better you manage your time. The benefits include increased focus, concentration, motivation and engagement — all of which underlie professional and personal effectiveness.
Just like your recovery heart rate — the speed at which your heart returns to normal after exercise can indicate cardiac efficiency, the speed at which your positive energy returns back to "normal" after it dips can indicate energy efficiency.
Examples of what may enhance your energy include:
Examples of what may deplete your energy include:
Energetically yours, Coach Minda
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It's a great moment when you lift yourself out of a bad mood…Release a negative thought… Find a way out of a difficult situation… Stop feeling stuck in a rut… Stop longing for things to be different… Or finally feel cool as ice when confronting a long-term problem.
If you are anything like my clients, you want to view tough times as opportunities to figure things out. To make choices. To be self-reflective about making changes. To think about where you feel challenged or unchallenged.
Sometimes we just need to be in these uncomfortable places before we can move on, recalibrate, become motivated, or define a new vision for our personal or professional life.
At other times we just need to skedaddle and hightail it out of those frustrating and repetitive traps we humans are so good at creating for ourselves.
For starters, consider these ideas:
Anyone have a story to tell about how you pulled yourself out of a negative state of mind?
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