Welcome to Day 8 of the 20/20 Life Vision Challenge! Internal Energy Production
Before we talk about internal energy production, if you’ve made it this far without missing a lesson, congratulations – you’re building a solid foundation for a clear and powerful life vision. Otherwise, it’s never too late to go back to Day 7 or earlier days, and fill in the gaps.
Today’s lesson is about taking stock of your own energy levels, at different times of the day and week; then connecting that back to your daily routines for what I call “Internal Energy Production”. It sounds more like a business term, but it is even more relevant to the quality of our lives. Most people simply don’t have enough fuel to follow through effectively on their goals and core responsibilities; or even if they do, they are depleted at the end of each day, going into couch potato mode after getting home from work. How often have you thought of or heard others say “I don’t have the energy to workout. I’m too tired after work.” The irony is that, although it does take an amount of energy to exercise, what one gets back from that experience is generally a multiple of what was invested.
Why “Internal Energy Production” – that is because there are other sources of Energy Production, such as food, which we will discuss in later chapters; external sources of energy are a vitally important part of our life equation. However, the advantage of internal sources is that we don’t necessarily need much from outside of ourselves to create the resulting energy.
I call your attention to the two most powerful sources of internal energy production available to us all, from my experience.
- Physical Exercise
By meditation, we’re not talking about “meditating on ideas” but the act of using our breathe and body to relax, clear the mind and go deeper into our inner worlds. There are so many types and methods of meditation, which I will outline and recommend several practices over the coming days. Some people use music, lighting and/or aromas (ie. incense, candles) to set the mood, while others use nature (outdoors). Prayer, depending on how it is done, is a powerful form of meditation. Everyone has to find what works for them. The question for you is whether you make time for it in your current schedule, and whether or not you comprehend the connection between this practice and the quality of your health and life.
When it comes to exercise, I think that we’re dealing with a more concrete, known entity, with all kinds of scientific and personal evidence, that confirms how important it is to our moods and productivity. While most agree on those benefits, it is typically motivation, prioritization or discipline factors that disrupt our best laid plans of integrating exercise into our lives.
My challenge to you for the remainder of the 20/20 program is to make the time in your week to – (1) Exercise daily for at least 15 minutes; and (2) Meditate daily for at least 5 minutes. You can naturally do more if you have the time, but using this minimum threshold of 20 minutes in total gives you no excuses. If you miss a day here or there, nobody is going to scold you for it – it’s your life at the end of the day, and this is for your own benefit. My promise to you is that this effort will bring greater clarity and compactness to your 20/20 Life Vision. That is what happens when we are more relaxed and have our bodies flowing with energy.
DAY 8 ASSIGNMENT:
- On a 1-10 scale, write down your Physical, Mental and Emotional energy levels during different times of the day (Morning, Afternoon, Evening) on a typical Weekday and Weekend. (b) How about right now – how do you feel?
- How many times do you exercise per week? (b) For how long? (c) What type of exercise? (d) Typically alone or with others? (e) Usually what time of day?
- How many times do you meditate per week? (b) For how long? (c) What type of meditation? (d) Typically alone or with others? (e) Usually what time of day?
- If not already being done, exercise and meditate daily from here on out through the rest of the 20/20 Life Vision Challenge, for at least 20 minutes combined. Are you committed to this? [YES / NO – CHECKBOX]