Energy is a choice not a condition. It is best created purposely than caught passively. Relying on energy outside you to ignite motivation inside you is unreliable, unpredictable, and therefore unstable.
Energy fuels everything, but it especially fuels attitude and action. With the right energy, attitude is resilient and action is productive. With the wrong energy, attitude is fragile and action is weak.
Energy can’t be created without movement. The best way to create energy, especially if you feel stuck somehow, is to start moving. Now you’ve created the first energy you need. Good start. Build on it and let it grow, slowly at first, into a stronger stream.
Self-awareness Be completely honest with yourself about whether your energy is fueling you the right way. You know. Energy and movement create momentum. It’s easy to get stuck in an autopilot pattern, not because it’s working or because you like it, but because the momentum feels like a hole too deep to climb out.
Self-discipline Energy is part of everything you do and everything you don’t do. Identify your most valuable moments each day, by thinking ahead or dealing with them as they come, and skillfully choose the energy you want and need in that moment. Act on it. Most people never think about this, let alone do it, so if you do you’re ahead of 99% of people.
Start with the smallest, most simple task that gets you moving. Throw off the covers. Open the book. Put on your workout clothes. Say the first words of the conversation.
Self-confidence Most people get overwhelmed in the moment by a fear of sustaining the energy long enough to make any real difference. Their own self-doubt about the future and their ability undermines them from the start, killing any movement and locking them into bad energy.
If you can do it once, you can do it again. If you can do it now, you can do it later. If you can do it today, you can do it tomorrow. Create the energy and get moving.
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