How do you renew?

What is your energy level for the things before you today? Do you have what it takes to face the day? If you don’t, do you know what you need to do to renew your energy? I emphasize “you” because everyone is unique and what breathes new life into one person is not the thing that restores another. Even if you have the time and the know-how to get things done, do you have the capacity of focus and satisfaction while you do it?

Who will you be in 10 years?

What in ten years will you wish you would have started doing today? I would submit that doing well at what is before you today, or any day, does not have to do as much with your time and know-how, as with the healthy habits you have in your life. Who will you be in ten years based upon your habits today?

4 areas of need

I read a great book on the topic of energy titled The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working. The author examines four areas of need and the good and bad ways one attempts to fuel those areas. The four areas are the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. We can attempt to fuel those areas in positive and negative ways . Unfortunately, as the author points out, our culture and the habits many have developed do not lead to health and stability over the long haul.

A grid to evaluate our energy

These align with the great commandment from Mark 12. Love of God should be the source of our focus and satisfaction in what we do. That may seem like a Sunday School statement, but it truly is comprehensive, taking account of the whole person. We are to love God with our strength (the physical), our soul (the emotional), our mind (the mental), and our heart (the spiritual). Of course, the great commandment includes relationships too, with love of neighbor, giving us a fifth area of need. That provides a grid to evaluate our energy.

Evaluate yourself

Take each of those five areas and on a scale of 1-10 rate yourself. What are some positive, long-term ways you can renew the love of God in those areas. Take the next step toward building health and stability for the long haul. The links below may provide a spark as to what that next step might be.

“Many leaders incorrectly assume that the most important leadership asset is their time.”

-Bill Hybels