We all want to be energized and fired up to take on the day. So much so, that we may turn to coffee for a pick me up. For some, that’s not enough. Bring on the energy drinks!
But aren’t there days when you feel invigorated without having to slam an espresso? What’s happening on those days?
I bet you’re doing something you’re passionate about and that you love.
While I’m doing my radio show each day, I don’t feel tired. I feel super charged. I’m hyped. (Even when my show was four hours long, it didn’t wear me out.) It actually takes me a while to calm down once I’m off the air.
I have the same excited feeling when I’m giving a speech and playing guitar in my band.
Because I’m passionate about those things and I love doing them.
“Working on what you’re passionate about creates your energy. Working on what you hate destroys your energy.”
When’s the last time this has happened to you? Isn’t it amazing that you can work harder and longer doing what you love – and still feel more energized and satisfied – then working shorter hours doing something you hate?
Yes, we all have to do things we don’t want to do. But, how often?
Is there a way you could do more of what your passionate about and less of what drains your energy? Wouldn’t that be awesome? Wouldn’t that help you and everyone who comes in contact with you?
Sure, Greg, and then I’ll ride a unicorn over a rainbow into a pot of gold.
I know it sounds impossible, but what if? How about this for a start?
1) Figure out what you love and what you don’t. Make a list of everything you do each day, for a week. Highlight all the activities you enjoy in green. Highlight all the activities you don’t enjoy in red.
Which type of activities are you spending most of your time on? If they aren’t the green ones, look out.
2) Now start looking for ways to minimize the red and maximize the green. Are there people who like what you dislike? Could you delegate to them? Could you group the things you dislike and do most of them once a week? Could you talk to your boss about where you do your best and see if that could be where you focus your time? Remember, it will help the company bottom line, too.
3) If none of that works, do you need to change jobs or careers to do more of what your passionate about?
4) Do this with your personal life as well.
Life is too short to spend most of your week doing things that suck the life force out of you.
The world needs your best work and that work is driven by your passions. Find them…and you can throw out the energy drinks.