Ever felt like that - throwing your hands in the air and giving up? I think most of us, at one time or the other, at least thought about it. I believe there are three things that cause people to think about throwing in the towel.
1) Working continuously without taking time to refuel personal energy.
2) The resistance we meet from people and barriers to our success.
3) The straw! That one single event, generally of little significance, that pushes you over the edge.
Energy Performance Tip:
I believe those of you reading these Energy Tips are extremely committed to your work. One of the committed people emailed me recently and stated, “Nothing is making me happy. I’m a crab to be around, and my attitude is so negative that I probably am altering the earth's magnetic field.” In my return email I asked him how much time he was spending on refueling his personal energy supply – the reply, “not much.” The energy principle works like this - if you are going to spend a great deal of energy on work, you have to take time to refuel the supply.
It's as simple as your car needing gasoline. You wouldn't dream of running your car completely out of gas. When the needle gets close to empty you stop and put gas in the tank. The human body operates from the same principle. In fact, like our automobile, we have warning signs. The warning signs are increased frustration, fatigue, and irritability.
The second step leading to tossing in the towel is the resistance from people and the barriers to success. If a project is worthwhile, trust me, you will face resistance. It's part of the process. The key is how resistance is handled. The more we react negatively to people and barriers the more energy is drain uselessly. Keeping a cool head and maintaining commitment to the goal is the key to high energy and accomplishing the goal.
The final step before throwing in the towel is generally an insignificant event. Low energy and exhaustion creates vulnerability for a crash. It takes very little for us to loss it when we are low on energy. My wife and I came home the other night to a rain storm in our dinning room. The upstairs "john" had sprung a leak and it was coming through the ceiling. At lower energy times this would have been the very thing that pushed me over the edge. Thankfully, lately I've been spending more time refueling my energy supply, so the reaction was "Let's stop the storm, clean up the mess, and call the insurance guy." My wife is also thankful that I’m paying more attention to refueling.
"The difference between one man and another is not mere ability - it is energy." - Thomas Arnold
"A man doesn't need brilliance or genius, all he needs is energy." - Robert M. Greenfield
Energy Development Tip:
Here are a few ways to refuel personal energy.
1) Focus on what you want to happen - Keep in mind that old saying, "As a man thinks, so is he."
2) Always be moving forward - The Japanese have a word for this - Kaizen - Small daily improvements lead to big advances. Focus on where you are going and do something daily to foster that goal.
3) Don't expect life to be fair - We all experience blocks to our success. The trick is to not become sidetracked by the blocks, whether it is a person or event.
4) Pay attention to the competition, but pay more attention to your target. When I was in the Air Force a fighter pilot told me he had to keep the enemy in mind, but his main focus was hitting the target.
5) Don't take yourself too seriously - We are not in as much control as we think - lighten up on you!
"God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless." - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
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