The Unalterable Law of Energy
Low energy is fatigue. No energy is death.
Only 11% of us had a great deal of energy yesterday. Tom Rath
Healthy fatigue rests joyfully, but weariness dreads tomorrow.
Success with energy, according to Gallup, is one of the five factors of wellbeing at work.
The five factors of wellbeing at work:
- Career wellbeing: You like what you do every day.
- Social wellbeing: You have meaningful friendships in your life.
- Financial wellbeing: You manage your money well.
- Physical wellbeing: You have energy to get things done.
- Community wellbeing: You like where you live.
Dangers of fatigue:
Fatigue gnaws at potential and corrodes resolve.
Energy is courage. “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” Vince Lombardi
Fatigue opens you to the attack of enemies you defeated in the past. When your energy tank is low, you fall into destructive habits, say things you regret, and pollute the atmosphere.
Exhaustion makes you stumble on pebbles.
The unalterable law of energy:
Pouring out requires pouring in.
Pour in more than you pour out and live on the overflow. If you’re exhausted, the ratio of pouring out to pouring in is off kilter.
Tip: Meaningful work is pouring out and pouring in at the same time.
I asked an online audience to text me things that fuel their energy. I received over 350 messages. Here are ten.
- Playing catch with my dog.
- Positive feedback.
- Family get togethers.
- Time alone in the woods.
- Working out.
- A good night’s sleep.
A little restoration goes a long way. Take a short walk.
A little discipline pays big dividends. Don’t overeat.
A little encouragement is fuel. Express gratitude.
Small improvements are confidence to look forward.
Tip: Find some friends that pour into your tank instead of draining it.
What gives you energy?