The Ultimate Measure of our Lives

In The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal, authors Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz give us a perspective of life, energy, and leadership.

“The ultimate measure of our lives is not how much time we spend on the planet, but rather how much energy we invest in the time we have.”

Loehr and Schwartz go further with, “Leaders are the stewards of organizational energy-in companies, organizations and in families. They inspire or demoralize others first by how effectively they manage their own energy and next by how well they mobilize, focus, invest and renew the collective energy of those they lead.”

Your energy matters. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Your health in these four areas cannot be put off until the next promotion, next quarter or next project. When you bring low energy, you risk demoralizing your team and those around you.

Think it doesn’t show? Look around at your next meeting. How do people sit down? Are they tired from the day? Or filled with energy? Now look inward. Are you stewarding your energy to inspire? Or are you running on fumes with the low fuel light on?

Here are few ideas for building energy: Take that walk today. Build in downtime. Eat like your mother or fitness coach was watching. Meditate or simply close your eyes for a few minutes. Write down three things you’re grateful for. Make someone’s day by handwriting them a letter.

How do you manage your energy? Post some suggestions below!

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