7 Things To Energize Your Life

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Are you fired up?  Enthusiastic about your day. . .you week. . .month. . .year and your life.

First things first. . .let’s talk about how to energize your life. . .starting today.

First, eat breakfast. 

Have you ever heard that the first meal of the day is the most important.

Nutritionists, health coaches and fitness instructors. . .encourage everyone to begin their day with a healthy meal.

I should point out that five donuts from Krispy Kreme is not considered a healthy meal but it will surely give you a sugar high.

It’s recommended that your first meal of the day. . .be heart healthy.  The kind of meal with bran, fiber, fruits and nuts.

I’m certainly not a nutritionist or health guru. . .I am intimately familiar with how to have a heart-healthy meal to begin each day.

Proverbs 8:17 says:

“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”

Now that’s a really heart-healthy meal.

Psalm 5:3 in the New Living Translation says:

“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”

Some meals are to be savored. . .allowed to simmer. . .to maximize its taste. 

Psalm 34:8-10 in the New Living Translation says:

Taste and see that the Lord is good.  Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!   Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. . .and those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.”

Energize your day. . .with a spiritual meal that’ll make you heart healthy and happy.

And by the way, that’s why I named my morning conference call “Rich Thoughts For Breakfast.”

Second, make decisions early in the day.

Proverbs 12:27 in the Message Bible says:

“A lazy life is an empty life, but "early to rise" gets the job done.”       

If we tackle our most difficult assignments each day. . .early in the morning. . .we will most likely be able to avoid decision fatigue.

In the workplace and the marketplace. . .decision fatigue is generally defined as the mental wear and tear of being inundated with decisions.  The fatigue generally happens as the end of the work day comes to a close.

The more decisions we make. . .the more it may seem the horse has been ridden for too long.  Making and implementing decisions can be a stressful situation.  We need to be on top of our game.

For that reason. . .it’s best to make decisions early in the morning. . .especially, difficult ones.

Need help in making decisions and avoiding decision fatigue?  Consider the words of

Proverbs 8:17-18 in the Amplified Bible:

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me.  Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation, and right standing with God).”

Third, start your day with the most difficult tasks.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 in The Living Bible says:

“If you wait for perfect conditions you’ll never get anything done.”

No matter what you call it. . .when you put first things first. . .you’re going to become energized. New revelation causes excitement and excitement is an energy source.

Psalm 5:3 in the New International Version says:

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."

Ask the Holy Spirit to assist you. . .giving you wisdom and favor in the tasks you tackle first each day.

When it comes to the workplace or the marketplace. . .perform your most essential tasks first.  If you wake up to find 200 emails. . .as I often do. . .don’t necessarily answer them first. 

Complete your most important tasks first. . .the ones with the highest priority. . .and you can handle other tasks later.

Schedule your focus early on key projects. . .when you’re the freshest.

1 Timothy 4:15 in the New International Version says:

“Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.”

Fourth, manage your time. . .your life.

Your time is the currency of your life. . .spend it wisely.

Here are a couple of keys. . .to managing your time.

First, read and respond to your emails and snail mail the first time you look at them. . .or don’t read them until you have time to answer.

Second, use the alarms and timers on your phone to set aside a certain period of time for specific functions.

Third, limit your phone conversations, texting and chats to a specific amount of time.  You decide a time frame that works for you.

Fourth, don’t waste time on idle gossip or meaningless conversations.  Yes, you can talk about sports or whatever interest you have but keep it within your perimeters.

Fifth, determine how much time you will spend watching TV and surfing the net.

Sixth, give and expect punctuality on your appointments.  If someone is habitually late on their appointments. . .then they don’t value your time.

Seventh, when it comes to your dreams and goals. . .create specific timelines so you will know when you need to do what. . .to ensure you achieve the success you desire.

Fifth, have some fun while keeping the main thing. . .the main thing.

Make sure you never energize your life. . .while de-energizing your family life.

Create separation between work time and family time.

For instance, never answer cell phones, text or instant messages during family meals.  And that includes peeking at who just texted you.

Family time is just that. . .time with the family. . .without interruption or distraction.

Even with a busy schedule, I always sought to create memories with our children.  We did everything from family game night to traveling to exotic locations and other things where we were creating memories.

Psalm 119:37 in the New Living Translation says:

“Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.”

Sixth, take routinely scheduled breaks. . .with some exercise. . .when possible.

It’s been said that variety is the spice of life.  I believe that also applies to your daily  routine especially if you deal with the reality of decision fatigue.

Studies show that our brains shift from high productivity to low productivity about every 60-90 minutes based on the person.

It’s important that you hit the reset button for your creativity by walking to the restroom. . .to the break room. . .maybe even outdoors depending on the weather and the kind of break you’re allowed.   Use stretching exercises to relax your muscles even as you refresh you mind.

If you get a snack. . .I recommend something other than Famous Amos’ Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Dr. Pepper.  Instead consider trail mix, bottled water and fruit.

Rest your eyes. . .particularly, if you gaze at a computer screen all day long.  Take a 20 second break to gaze at least twenty feet in the distance.

Regardless of the activity, find something that allows you to temporarily disconnect from things that require your time and attention.

Psalm 127:2 in the New Living Translation says:

“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.” 

Seventh, create a leadership model for success. . .allowing you to flow the way you want to grow.

One of the ways to energize your life. . .is by practicing leadership skills.

Moses is paid a visit by Jethro, his father-in-law.  Exodus 18:17-23 in the Message Bible says:

“Moses' father-in-law said, "This is no way to go about it. You'll burn out, and the people right along with you. This is way too much for you—you can't do this alone.

“Now listen to me. Let me tell you how to do this so that God will be in this with you. Be there for the people before God, but let the matters of concern be presented to God. Your job is to teach them the rules and instructions, to show them how to live, what to do.

“And then you need to keep a sharp eye out for competent men—men who fear God, men of integrity, men who are incorruptible—and appoint them as leaders over groups organized by the thousand, by the hundred, by fifty, and by ten.

“They'll be responsible for the everyday work of judging among the people. They'll bring the hard cases to you, but in the routine cases they'll be the judges. They will share your load and that will make it easier for you. If you handle the work this way, you'll have the strength to carry out whatever God commands you, and the people in their settings will flourish also."

First, every successful leader. . .makes sure their plans. . .were first God’s plans.

Second, effective leadership is always duplicable.

If you’re good at developing successful leaders . . .you’ll never be out of a job.

Third, create a winning profile for members of your leadership team.

Fourth, delegate. . .not relegate.

Fifth, have specific instructions with timelines.

Sixth, effective leaders build a network of effective leaders.

Seventh, create a successful infra-structure.

If you implement these steps, your life will take on a new energy and increased success is just around the corner.