Once more, reflecting on what was really good about this past year and how I might want to approach things a bit differently after this break… and I stumbled over a book that has served me and some of my clients well in the past, and I think it’s worth another read: “The power of full engagement”.
The central idea is that our most precious resource is energy, not time and therefore, we want to make sure that we skillfully invest our energy. What makes this idea workable is that the notion of energy is broken down into 4 dimensions: Physical Energy, Emotional Energy, Mental Energy and Spiritual Energy.
In order to be fully engaged and show up at our best, we need to draw on all those interconnected energies and balance them. It makes sense that we’re not mentally at our best when we are emotionally drained, that we can hardly concentrate when our body does not support us.
The book provides actionable advice, a training program for each energy dimension so that one can build capacity in dimensions that are weak. And even if they are all strong, I find that there are some useful ideas that are easily applicable in a busy life.
So, that’s a source I will draw on when I look for a different balance in my activities… I might have a tendency to neglect physical energy when it comes to making choices.