You don’t know how important energy is until you don’t have it.
Then you forget that you even had more energy at one point, and that’s just scary.
As someone who’s gone through bouts of chronic fatigue (self-diagnosed), and born into a family of low-energy people (well, certain family members tell me they don’t have much energy anyway), I’m beginning to realize just how important it is, and why we should all cultivate more energy.
Here are several unusual realizations I’ve had about energy.
1. You Can Get It Back
People often assume it’s impossible to reclaim the energy they once had. They blame aging, the weather, the government, feminists, and God knows what else.
I haven’t found this to be true at all. In less than two months, I feel more energetic than I’ve felt in days, weeks, months, even years!
Am I exercising more? No, I’m just exercising more efficiently.
Am I eating better? Yes, but every #FoodFriday I reward myself with something I like to eat — Vietnamese, pizza, burger, pasta, whatever strikes my fancy. And yes, sometimes it doesn’t end at just one cheat meal, but it’s still better than what I was doing before.
Am I sleeping more? No, I’m just sleeping better.
To be fair though, I’ve also experimented with humic and fulvic acid, been getting more vitamin D, and found an energy drink that makes me feel good and doesn’t cause me to crash.
2. It Affects Your Social Life
I can’t speak for everyone here, but I’m a creative person, and you might know a few creative people that are kind of sensitive. I’m not talking about people that break out in tears when you tell them their nose is slightly bigger than it should be, I’m talking about people that take a long time to process events in their lives.
When I didn’t have energy, and didn’t feel enthusiastic, I was less social. This meant I met fewer people and seized fewer opportunities. Now that I feel better, it feels like less of a chore. It’s easier to do now. Admittedly, I have been gaining more confidence in myself too, so that’s certainly played a part.
3. It Affects Your Willingness To Take Risks
People often pull back when they should press forward. This is especially true in business where many people give up at the first sign of adversity. A negative blog comment? That’s it, I’m quitting!
Everything I could say about risk-taking, you already know. You can’t get what you want, accomplish big, or live your dream if you don’t take risks.
If you’re constantly on an emotional roller-coaster, you’ll find it hard to take chances — not impossible, just difficult. In success books, we’re so often told that many people give up inches away from achievement. So, if you don’t have energy, you might not keep going when that gold (or silver) is on the other side of your fear.
Vitality is vital. Clever? Dumb? Cheesy? Let me know in the comments.
As for me, I’m the founder of The Music Entrepreneur HQ, a resource that offers musicians, music business entrepreneurs, and creatives insights into mentality, mindset, and psychology. This enables them to tap into their full potential and make their dreams of creative freedom a reality. I’m currently working on my second book.