It's that time of the year again. You're sitting on the couch or maybe lying in bed, and you ask yourself the same question you probably asked yourself last year at this time, “How can I have more energy this year?” This is a common, and very logical, question we often get when coaching our top executives and business professionals. To be honest, it may be the wrong question.
When it comes to multiplying your effectiveness, driving better results, making an impact, and being a Sustainable High Performer, the better question is, “How can I be an energy giver this year?” This may appear to be a small difference… maybe even a play on words, but it's not. The difference is huge and can affect your performance and impact throughout the year.
You will certainly be able to improve your energy if you consistently get enough sleep (enough is unique to you and to your past, present, and future demands); exercise with the right frequency, intensity, and duration for your fitness level and stress threshold; and practice clean eating by reducing/eliminating simple sugars, staying hydrated, and eating plenty of vegetables. This is undoubtedly a great starting point, but to become a consistent and sustainable energy giver, you will need to purposefully and strategically bring a Performance Mindset to your events and build a robust Performance Recovery plan that continuously and dynamically recharges your physical, cognitive, and emotional resources on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis. In many ways, creating more energy comes from your To Do list but becoming an energy giver comes from your To Be list.
As you look at your schedule today, next week, and this year, ask yourself a series of questions:
_How do I want to show up at my most important events?
_What Performance Mindset skills do I need to develop and bring to my day? Some skills you might want to consider include focus, confidence, control of emotions, sense of humor, authenticity, curiosity, ability to listen, vulnerability, concise communication, resilience, alignment to your values, presence, mental visualization, reflection, creativity, trust in self and others, and self-awareness.
_What would I look like with each of these Performance Mindset skills during my events?
_Who can I trust to give me accurate and compassionate feedback on my goal to be an energy giver?
_What Nutrition, Movement, and Recovery choices do I need to make and create habits out of to support my Performance Mindset?
_Do I have a trusted coach/mentor to help me constantly get better as an energy giver?
While you answer these questions, you'll also need to be careful that you aren't an energy sucker to your team and those around you. You can do this by being aware of your, and your team's, mindset killers. You can manage these by looking at the reality of the situation, determining what is and isn't within your control, exploring what the drama is trying to tell you, shifting your mindset from a reactionary/emotionally-driven state to a best self/problem-solving state, and reflecting on what opportunities these mindset killers and challenges actually create for you and your team.
The truth is that we are all busy. Thinking we will magically create more time or get less to do is futile. But becoming, practicing, and role modeling being an energy giver is a significant game changer.
This year we encourage you to stop talking about how busy you are, and start talking about the impact you and your team are making. As CEO and Founder of CEO Works, Sandy Ogg says, “What good is having energy if you don’t give it?”
As always, I would love to hear what you think.
By Scott Peltin
Founder/Chief Performance Officer