28 May 2019
You’ve set your goal, you’re on the path you need to be on, yet you just don’t have the energy to get there. If you’re going to achieve your full potential, you need to be at the top of your game and that takes a huge amount of energy.
So how do you avoid the inevitable energy zappers that crop up in business to ensure that you are always performing at your best?
Not being passionate
The single most important part of achieving any goal is that you are passionate about. You simply cannot give your best if your heart isn’t in it. Are you excited to put the work in to get to that point? Do you wake up looking forward to smashing the day ahead?
If you’re not passionate, perhaps it’s time to look at why. Do you need to adjust your focus, could you delegate areas of the process to people who are more passionate about it than you?
Health and wellbeing
Your health and wellbeing must be a priority. If you’re not eating well and getting enough sleep, you’re guaranteed to have low energy levels. It’s that simple.
I often find that in the times that I feel like I have low energy, that’s when I need to go to the gym. It might seem counter-intuitive, that when I have low energy I decide to use more energy by exercising. However, exercise releases endorphins, it gets the heart racing and blood pumping, which inevitably boosts your energy levels in the long run.
Stress is the single biggest productivity killer in business, fact. It can be paralysing. We become so focussed on the stress and the physical symptoms take over, making it hard to concentrate, affecting our mood and ability to do our jobs. Yet it is almost an inevitable part of running and growing a business.
So what can you do about it? For a start, pause. Step back. Look at your situation from an outsider’s point of view, or even better, speak to a mentor about how you’re feeling. Often taking the time to step back for a moment, stops the spiral. You’re able to better see how to resolve the situation and relieve some of the stress.
Have you considered writing a list of everything that you need to achieve, prioritising and scheduling tasks? Could you ask other people for help? Do you need to take some time out to reset?
Not taking a break
How often do you switch off? It’s usually the case that when you are at your busiest and feel that you don’t have time for a break, that’s when you need one the most. Even if that’s just five minutes to make a cup of tea and sit down. It could be going for a walk and getting some fresh air, or taking a week’s holiday. However and whenever you choose to do it, regularly taking a break and switching off is essential for avoiding burnout and maintaining your energy levels in the long run.
The people with whom you surround yourself
We are influenced by the people around us. It’s our nature as humans. Motivational speaker Jim Rohn says that you are the average of the five people you surround yourself with. We adopt their behaviours and mood, our decisions and self-esteem. I am a firm believer if you want to be at the top of your game, you spend time with people who are better than you. Whether that’s incredible business people, great sports people or fantastic parents.
How do you maintain your energy and manage the things that drain it? Share your tips in the comments below.