How to increase your energy level
- Get clear on your “why.”
- Remember that you are what you eat.
- Go beyond “garbage in, garbage out.”
- Keep moving.
- Be intentional about how you spend time and money.
- Tap into the power of the Holy Spirit.
Do you wish you knew how to increase your energy level?
How is your energy at work?
What about when you get home after a full day of putting in maximum effort?
How about when you roll out of bed?
I like to use a simple 0 – 10 scale to gauge it.
What number would you give yourself on a typical day? Seriously, what is your number? What is it now compared to what is possible for you? Did you know you can be in full control of your energy with better self-talk, visualization, body movement, diet, where you focus your mind and your mindset?
Some believe that as you “get older” you’re just naturally going to put on a few pounds, have more aches and pains and slow down. It’s just the way it is.
THAT IS GARBAGE!!!
Once I learned I could manage my energy level like a programmable thermostat, life became easier.
Maybe you’ve been making excuses like that and accepted it. Isn’t it time to change now?
What if you could take some simple steps now to increase your energy level?
Are you even thinking about the choices you make each day and how they impact your energy?
Let’s go over six strategies and concepts that work for me.
1. Get clear on your why.
Why are you living the life you chose?
If you are NOT motivated to get up every morning and excited to do what you do, you may need to make a change in what you’re doing OR change your attitude about what you’re doing.
Get clear on your compelling vision for your life.
Proverbs 29:18 says, “Without vision, the people will perish.”
I have a sheet laminated in my shower that has my vision, targets and disciplines for each important area of life, and my compelling why. Knowing my “why” really drives my energy levels when life gets difficult.
2. Remember that you are what you eat.
Cliche, but it’s true.
Are you a 3%-er? According to research at Michigan State only 3% – yes, only 3% of Americans – lead a healthy lifestyle. I am a 3%-er!
Watch this short video to see what being a 3%-er is all about.
Try to have at least 50% of what passes your lips to be LIVE FOODS. Bring a cooler to work with you, so you have low-sugar snacks, fresh fruits and veggies to snack on consistently.
Soda is the #1 source of calories and I suggest you eliminate that, energy drinks, high sugar drinks and coffees and diet soda.
I strive to drink a green-based fresh juice a day. I really like Organifi products or Amazing Grass products that you can simply add to water! It that makes it easier. It’s a high-quality, green-based/beet-based powder. I mix one scoop with a 70% water/30% coconut water once a day.
Thousands drink my green-based Get Switched On Smoothie recipe each day. Try it – it’ll give you energy and help make you regular as heck!
And that’s a good thing, because digestion is your biggest consistent energy drain.
3. Go beyond “Garbage In, Garbage Out.”
You’ve heard the old saying, “Garbage in, garbage out.”
It’s not true when it comes to your brain!
There is no firewall for your mind. Garbage in – in the form of the poor choices in music, movies, shows you binge-watch, games, books, web sites and toxic people – slowly warps your thinking and philosophy of life.
Garbage gets in and has an impact day after day. It hangs around and builds a home, gets married and has children!
Garbage stays and does not go out. What you read or watch before you go to sleep, for example, matters!
Don’t watch The Walking Dead! The law of association says you will become like the people and the information you spend the most time with.
Make uplifting and conscious choices with who and what you spend your time with. If your life is a big mess your mind is likely a big mess.
4. Keep moving.
Sitting is literally killing people.
This video on my blog will be an eye-opener for many and could help you get an extra 10 high-quality years of healthy life.
The health of your body is the health of your cells. They need oxygen!
Getting aerobic (with air) exercise – ideally in the morning – will change your physiology for the entire day and give you a sense of accomplishment.
Take walking meetings when possible. Get outside after work into nature for a walk, hike, bike ride, golf, tennis, etc.
Decide on how many days a month you will workout, start tracking, and stick to it!
I have tracked my workouts on this form for 23 years – Get Switched On Energy Schedule.
Research clearly shows that exercise effectively fights depression. You can feel much better by changing your habits and not need any drugs – legal or illegal.
5. Be intentional about how you spend time and money.
When thinking about how to increase your energy level, you could think short-term, give in to instant gratification, and not take very good care of yourself right now.
You can even justify it by telling yourself you are too busy or Organifi is too “expensive.”
Time is going by quickly. Continue to make poor choices and they’ll eventually expose you in a way you may not be happy about.
I don’t want to deal with the moment when I am diagnosed with a disease, when I could have easily avoided it by dealing with it NOW.
If that happens to you, you’ll have to spend major amounts of time, money and mental anguish to reverse something you could have avoided.
6. Tap into the power of the Holy Spirit. (Move to #6 please)
“Those who obey God’s commandments live in fellowship with Him and He with them. And we know He lives in us because the Holy Spirit lives in us.” 1 John 3:24
Early in my career, after speaking at an event for Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, a priest came up to me and said, “Son, you are a shining light for the Holy Spirit.”
That was quite a moment and forever changed the way I view my life.
Starting the day with prayer, reading the Word, meditation or a gratitude journal will help keep you connected and give you energy, too. What are you proud of, excited about, how will you make a difference today?
How to increase your energy level
You can self-regulate your energy level like a thermometer by following these suggestions.
Tap into the power of the Holy Spirit, know your WHY, pay attention to what you’re putting into your body and your brain, stay active, and examine how you’re spending your time and your money.
Knowing how to increase your energy level is crucial for you to live the life you want.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 03/02/17 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.