How to Have More Energy - Pro Strategies for High Performing Speakers & Leaders
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“How do you have so much energy all of the time?”
I have been asked this question countless times in my coaching sessions, during events and from members in my community.
This is actually a really important question.
Your energy is one of the most important assets you have.
𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆, 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀:
✨ Your relationships
✨ Your productivity
✨ Your wellbeing
✨ Your ability to focus
✨ Your career progress
✨ And your overall success in life.
Your energy is everything. Without energy, it is hard to enjoy everyday life as well as create the results of your desired future.
Take a moment to ask yourself, what would more energy bring me in my life?
With the stakes being so high, I thought to write this article for you.
Enjoy my 3 Pro Strategies on how to have more energy, plus a Golden Bonus Strategy at the end.
PRO STRATEGY #1
Connect to Your Why
What keeps me going throughout the ups and downs? What helps wake me up in the mornings? Staying connected to my ‘why’.
It gets me up, it gets me energised, and it gets me ready for the day!
So ask yourself: “Why is today going to be a special day? Why is today going to help me get closer to my bigger dream? Why is today going to be the day that I lean into gratitude with my relationships? Why is today going to lead to a better outcome for tomorrow? Why is today going to be a valuable day?”
Keep connecting to your whys. What are your long-term whys? Your mid-term whys? What are your short-term whys? Are you ensuring they are all connected?
Maybe your whys include your children, your clients, your colleagues, your life mission, travel, your big goals of that dream house and that dream lifestyle; what lights you up?
I know the energy will flow if I wake up and I go -- “Today, I'm going to contribute, I'm going to make a difference, I'm going to help more of my high performing leaders and speakers to become confident and to overcome their challenges. Today I am going to build my impact and become another step closer to my future vision.”
When I connect to a greater why like that, I realise that NOTHING can get in my way. Because I'm going to contribute. I'm going to make a difference.
So ask yourself, what are your whys for today It could be anything. Whatever your whys are, make it a reason to have energy for your day.
PRO STRATEGY #2
When you connect to your breath, you not only activate more energy, but you also gain a greater sense of power within yourself.
As Brendon Burchard explains, “The power plant doesn't have energy, it generates energy.” A way to tap into this power plant of energy is through breathing deeply.
You can do different breathing styles and exercises. For example, if you want to have more of a sense of relaxation, to help your body go into a rest and digest state, you can do four step box breathing: four seconds breathing in, four seconds holding your breath, 4 seconds slowly breathing out and four seconds holding.
Take deep breaths through your nose, breath deep into your diaphragm, underneath your rib cage. Breath deep and controlled.
If you really want to hit your body with energy fast, you can breathe very fast, through your nose and out your mouth, such as Wim Hof’s Fire Breathing technique. You’ll definitely feel more energy by doing that!
So, when you’re feeling like there's a lack of energy, maybe it's because your breaths are shallow and irregular. You're not taking deep enough breaths and you're breathing more from your neck than deep from your diaphragm.
When you breathe deep your body lights up and feels that the oxygen is expanding through your bloodstream. I know it works for me and the countless high performing speakers and leaders that I've helped globally.
So, make sure you're aware of your breath and look into different breathing techniques that work for you to tap into that power plant of energy.
PRO STRATEGY #3
Have Transition Habits
Transition habits are the habits in-between activities when you are transitioning from one part of your day to another or transitioning in-between your chunks and blocks of productivity throughout your day.
If you find yourself exhausted often, it could be because you aren’t taking enough breaks throughout your day, and the tension and tiredness has built up and built up.
As you might have seen in a previous video and article of mine, 50 minutes is the maximum time that high performance research has shown you can be effectively productive. After 50 minutes, it’s important to take even a 30 second break. Amazingly, taking more breaks actually increases your productivity!
For some of you, instead of 50-minute chunks, having 20-minute chunks, 30-minute chunks or even 15-minute chunks of productivity before you take a little break can be immensely effective.
Transition habits are also how you transition from home into work, from this project into that project, from lunch to work, from that project to dinner, and so on. So, create habits around how you transition from one important part of your day to another.
During your transition habit breaks, you can do anything that serves you. For example, linking back to my previous pro strategy, during my transition habits I like to breathe deep and physically release tension.
I set an intention about how I want to show up in the next part of my day or with those people that I love. I release tension and set intention.
Not only do I take time to breathe, some days, I just feel like walking around. I'll walk and I'll stretch, or I’ll put on a song, and I'll move my body and dance. Sometimes during my mini breaks, I will just take a moment to refill my water bottle, or to get something healthy to snack on. I want you to be aware of a “salad bar” / toolkit of different transition habits that you can create during your breaks to refuel you and realign you.
Because the fact is, if you're exhausted by the end of the day, it's probably because you didn't check in with your body and release tension throughout the day. When you don’t take enough breaks, that indeed is exhausting.
So, let’s create more of a balance for you by having more breaks. You are then going to have a lot more energy to actually be more productive throughout and at the end of the day, and that’s a win for everyone.
Golden Bonus Strategy
Have Cold Immersion Experiences
This may sound random, but try experimenting with something cold.
You might want to have a cold shower in the morning or go for a dip in the ocean when it's cold. Wake your body up with cryotherapy, an ice bath, and a cold rush of energy.
Cold water has a phenomenal number of benefits, including reducing inflammation, helping with sleep, increasing circulation, supporting mental wellbeing, improving weight loss, and, you guessed it, increasing energy!
Now that I've been able to bring more cold into my life, I feel more awake in the mornings. I feel like I have more energy overall. You can reap the benefits of cold water as well.
You will be surprised how much these little things can make a big difference for your energy, and it can be a fun experience to play with.
Like my partner Melvin (the Founder of Cold Water Vikings) likes to say, “Embrace Discomfort”. When you can embrace the discomfort of the cold, you can mentally embrace more throughout your days.
Woohoo! I trust that this blog article has added value to you. Make sure that you like and comment below if you resonate or have any questions, and share this article with anyone you feel is going to benefit from this.
As always, if there are any topics or any other challenges I can support you with, simply message me at www.jodydontje.com/connect. I'd be happy to support you.
I'm here to serve.
Remember, every day you have a choice:
You can choose to be ordinary, or as Denise Burchard explains “YOU CAN CHOOSE TO BE EXTRAORDINARY”.
So, go out there and choose to be EXTRAORDINARY.
Be Brave. Be Vulnerable. Be Kind.
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