Feel weak, drained? Hitting glass ceiling? Think that your growth is in dead end? Anxious?
If so, your must recharge yourself in one or more of personal power dimensions: Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual.
In The Power of Full Engagement the authors state that in order to achieve sustained peak performance you need to be:
- Physically energized.
- Emotionally connected.
- Mentally focused.
- Spiritually aligned.
There are three ingredients to empower yourself physically:
- Breathing right. Thinking and controlling breath seemed to me over-kill. I started to notice I sometime take really deep inhales, It helps me to focus, switch gears. It recharges me.
- Eating right. This one is my favorite. I strongly believe in eating right. The following post was inspired by the book – Food, Energy, And Day Rhythm. I also like blogrdoc’s “Eat no food that makes a health claim”.
- Sleeping right. The authors recommend 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep. Sleeping less is killing, more sleep kills too. I stopped staying awake until midnight and beyond. I wake up earlier and full of energy.
Emotional resilience – active engagement with others’ and personal emotions – is the other energy source for personal power.
I was totally drained emotionally lately. Both work and family are the sources of the drainage.
The authors recommend switching channels. So I did. I started focusing on positive emotions both at home and at work. I switched off all sources of negative emotions. I do not ignore it, I do handle the situations but I never get stuck on it. I move on to the positive emotions sources.
I also started to apply Mike King’s morning smiling technique he describes in his A great way to Start and Finish Every Day.
I feel much less drained and with much more motivation to cope with more challenges.
Mental acuity – intellectual challenge. What do you feel right after you solved tricky problem? Empowered, satisfied, ready to another fight. Right? What do you feel doing tedious work? Boredom. Mental atrophy.
I am always looking for interesting jobs, challenges. When there is none, I make up them, solve it and publish on my technical, other blog. When I finally post and share the solution I feel empowered. Would you?
Spiritual capacity – periodically revisiting deepest personal values. Few of my values are:
- Calculated recklessness …
Got values? Stick to it and you will never feel spiritually down.
The authors say without stretching you muscles – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual – your life becomes flat-liner. Flat-liner life is atrophy that kills. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, stretch your muscles, get fully engaged, feel the power. The Power of Full Engagement
P.S. Yes, it is Russian in the beginning. It goes like this:
“Amerikanskaya firma Transceptor (not sure here…) Technology pristupila k proizvodstvu computerov Personalnii Sputnik”
Which means “American company Transceptor (not sure here…) Technology just started producing computers named Personal Satellite”.