In their excellent book The Power of Full Engagement, authors Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz write, “Full engagement requires drawing on four separate but related sources of energy: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.”
If you have leadership responsibility, you probably long ago realized that your success hinges on having the energy to do all that you’d like to do.
But as an Executive Coach, I’ve learned that many business professionals have NO balance in those basic forms of energy. They’re mostly using their mental energy all week – maybe the physical on the weekend – and they’re emotionally shot. Spiritually? There’s not much of the spiritual in their lives.
People often ask me, “Where do you get your energy?” I’d say a lot of it comes from striving for a decent balance among those four, at least a good part of the time. Might it help you to have such a balance, too?
If you’re worn out, ask yourself if you’re all about mental energy. Are you just thinking all the time, rushing from mental challenge to mental challenge without balancing that out by challenging your body physically? Have you taken the time to seriously engage your emotions with family or friends? Can you take some time to do something that satisfies the spiritual aspect of yourself, such as weekly worship or volunteering for a worthy cause?
If you’re telling yourself you’re too busy to think about the physical, the emotional, or the spiritual, perhaps you’re seeing this in a way that’s not valid. Is it possible that, if you freed up a little time for those essential activities, you’d be mentally renewed, sharper, more focused, and able to get more done while being a bit happier?
To do that, though, you’d have to stop working, put one foot in front of the other, and do something other than the next thing on your To Do list. No one’s brain should be pushed to be productive all the time. I wish you balance and more energy in your future!