One uncommon characteristics that all great achievers possess is incredible level of energy. They are highly motivated and driven individuals with the capacity to accomplish so much in a limited period of time. In a typical day, some of them accomplish so much that ordinary people may not even be able to accomplish in a whole month. They have the drive and energy.
Energy comes from four main wellsprings in human beings: the body, emotions, mind, and spirit. In his book, unlimited power, Anthony Robbins says, “Great success is inseparable from the physical, intellectual, and spiritual energy that allows us to make the most of what we have”.
Basically, energy is said to be the capacity to do work. It is what enables us to be able to walk, run, talk, smile, laugh and so on. Energy makes it possible for our body to efficiently carry out basic body metabolisms such as respiration, digestion, circulation, ejection and so on. I call these kinds of energy the physical energy.
Beyond the physical, is the mental or intellectual energy. This kind of energy has to do with the minds, and it is required for any thought process. It is what drives us into achieving our dreams and goals in life.
However, the physical and mental energy are mutually supporting. Without physical energy, mental activities will be far from optimum and vice versa. However, in this post, we will be talking about the mental energy and how to make the most of it in your day to day activities.
Mental Energy: What it is really all about
Mind is said to be the master in everything that we do. Every of our decisions, actions and responses to situations of life starts from the mind. Success and failure start from the mind.
Since energy is the fuel with which everything is achieved, there seems to be a direct relationship between energy level and levels of accomplishment. Mental energy is the energy of creativity, problem solving, and decision making.
Have you ever wanted to do something, but deep inside your mind you know that you will fail?
Most of the time, our experiences in life is not so different from our thoughts. Some other times, in the face of challenging situations or circumstances, we become overwhelmed in our minds. When some people quit, it is not necessarily because they are ignorant of the rewards ahead. They simple are weak in the minds to follow through amidst the seemly unsurmountable roadblocks. Their mental energy is not high enough to propel them against these challenges.
It is mental energy that enables you to carry out the necessary day to day business tasks like getting to work on time, making sales call, learning new subjects, writing a business plan or report and so on.
Beyond the willpower, building mental energy requires hard work and commitment. It is about establishing healthy habits and choosing to devote and engage in self-improvement. Here are some of the ways you can increase your mental energy.
Surround yourself with great people
The kind of people you surround yourself with determines the extent you can go in order to achieve your dreams. Energy off course is transferable. When you hang out with smart and serious minded people with high level of energy, it often has a way of changing you positively.
Not too long, your energy level will start to surge. You will no longer feel comfortable procrastinating. Just like your friends, you tend to complete as many tasks as possible.
Manage your emotions
Emotion is a powerful force that can affect your life in ways that you cannot comprehend. Positive emotions like love, happiness, joy and so on can bring you peace of mind and at the same time increase your energy level. You can be able to accomplish so much with these kinds of emotions.
On the contrary, negative emotions like anger, hate, jealousy, depression, robs your minds energy left of it. You should avoid these kinds of emotions at all cost.
Robert Green in the Art of War, says “Too many things confront you at the same time – unexpected setbacks, doubts and criticism from your own allies. There’s a danger responding emotionally, with fear, depression, or frustration. It is vital to keep your presence of mind, maintaining your mental powers whatever the circumstances.”
Regular and routine exercise is energy tonic for the mind. One of the best methods to increase mental energy is to increase blood flow to the brain through movement. Studies suggest that a tough workout increases levels of a brain-derived protein (known as BDNF) in the body, believed to help with decision making, higher thinking, and learning.
Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores.
You can engage in simple routine exercise like walking, jogging, yoga, dancing, push-ups and so on. A habit of regular exercise will help keep you mentally sharper throughout your entire life.
Meditation or “dhyana” is an extreme form of concentration. It allows your mind to focus on one thing and detaches you from all worldly things.
The benefit of learning how to disengage our attention from the thought stream is that we can then apply our minds more readily toward more constructive things, such as accomplishing tasks and connecting with other people and our own true purpose. It creates space within us — an opening that allows more energy to flow into us. In this seemingly paradoxical way, having more space in our minds allows us to accomplish more and more things in the world.
The kind of food we eat is essential for our overall wellbeing. A lot of time, we resort to unhealthy foods like junks just to quench hunger. The truth is that if you don’t eat healthy, you will not be able to enjoy sound health of the mind, body and soul.
When you feed well, your body will be properly nourished and your mind renewed for optimal condition for work. Ensure that you eat very well, especially breakfast. Eat fruits, vegetables and always drink a lot of water.
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