“A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.”
—Sir John Lubbock, 19th Century British politician
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Imagine you are a cell phone.
You begin your day with a full charge, and prepare to productively navigate your day. All of a sudden, a Worry App is opened on a family matter. Then two more open on your way to work. After your first cup of coffee, a couple more Apps open, due to an email and a text you’ve received.
Following a day of such events, your reserves of power are low or completely exhausted.
You’re in need of a recharge.
Unless you can limit or eliminate the open Worry Apps, you may find yourself headed to bed mentally and emotionally exhausted, sometimes unable to turn them off so you can rest.
How can you more efficiently and effectively allocate your physical, mental, and emotional energies throughout the day?
How would greater awareness of your worries limit or prevent you from experiencing these draining factors?
“How can I help more people?”
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Research has shown that a critical component to a purposeful, happy life is helping others.
Consider how you currently help others in your personal and professional communities.
What contribution and difference have you made at this point in your life?
Each day, we allocate our time and energies. At some point we run out of gas and need a recharge. Beyond our own efforts to efficiently use these resources, how might you leverage yourself to make a ten-times or 100-times impact?
The Quotable Coach Blog and the book based on this series is one way I’ve chosen to assist people well beyond my geographic reach to better their lives.
You are welcome to explore the almost 2,000 posts written over the past 8 years, by checking out the drop-down category list when you scroll down the home page.
What leveraged activity can and will you pursue to help even more people in the years ahead? Feel free to reply to this post with some actions you intend to take.
“No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit.”
—George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States
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Do you watch the news and follow current events? If you do, my guess is that you may see the world is in quite a mess, with problems around every corner.
We don’t need to look at just the global, national, or regional events presented to us by the media. We need only look to our own back yards, within our communities and families to see our immediate challenges.
Would you believe me if I told you that there is fact-based evidence that the world as a whole is in many ways far better off than at any other point in human history?
Imagine a media outlet focused exclusively on the power and impact of human ingenuity, energy, and the hopeful efforts of the human spirit.
Do some research for yourself into how mankind is actually coming together to solve some of our most pressing problems.
A few books you may consider reading on this subject are:
Abundance by Peter Diamandis
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman
“The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb its routine.”
—William H. Danforth, 20th Century Founder of The American Youth Foundation
Are you a Lark or an Owl?
Said another way: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Larks are at their best in the morning and usually hit their low energy walls at mid-afternoon.
Owls start their days a bit more slowly, hit their peak at mid-morning, and work productively much later into the day.
In his book, WHEN, Daniel Pink points out that both Larks and Owls need to insert breaks and even an occasional nap into their days. We need this to break up the marathon lives we live and cure our sluggish minds.
Where in your day would you most benefit from a change or break, in order to renew or recharge?
Consider blocking out 15-30 minutes each day over the next week, and see what you notice about your effectiveness and productivity.