“I haven’t seen one of your Chooseday messages for a while” said Leisel. Sonja called last week and said “Please write another Chooseday message, I really miss the positive inspiration I get from them.”
With prompting and encouragement like this, I decided to get writing. Thank you girls for the gentle reminder to post some inspiration for the week!
Here is your Chooseday message for Today. Yes, while today is Tuesday, or Chooseday, you can choose your thoughts any day of the week.
My iPhone was on 19% as I left the house to drive to my first appointment. “Great”, I thought, just what I need!
Starting the day with a flat battery doesn’t bode well for the rest of the day does it? Especially when you have a lot on and need to make calls, use the map, google a few things and send some emails. It’s pretty important to recharge it before you need to do anything that requires much energy.
The more we try to do on our smartphones, the quicker the battery runs down. However, if we leave it on standby without using it, the battery stays fully charged for many hours. Pretty similar to our bodies – the more we need to do, the more energy we need in reserve.
How often do we start the day with a flat battery? If you have to drag your feet getting out of bed in the morning and need a coffee to kickstart your day, that’s a clue that your batteries may not be fully charged. When our own batteries are charged, when we are feeling energized, everything is easier to do.
While we might not have the same physical battery cells as our phones do, our bodies and minds need to be recharged regularly so that we can keep going. We recharge our body with food, water, sleep and exercise. How many times do we shortchange ourselves by going without some of these recharge activities because we think we’re too busy or ‘urgent’ things crop up that need doing. I know I’m guilty of pushing the boundaries at times.
It’s a bit like being too busy to plug your phone in to recharge. Or being too busy to fill up with petrol when your tank is empty. I haven’t run out of petrol for at least the last 18 years (I think!), but I do know it would have wasted much more time waiting to get a refill than to stop at the fuel station and fill up. I have to admit to seeing how far I can still drive after the empty light has come on. Doing business on several continents and in different time zones means I’m often on the phone at 5am and at 10:30pm. When this has been happening too often I simply need to take time-out and recharge those batteries again.
On this Chooseday, make a list of what energizes you and what depletes your energy. Write everything down. Then decide to fill your time with activities that energize you. This way you’ll have the energy to do those things that you simply have to do but which may not necessarily energize you.
Here are a few things that energize me, feel free to borrow them if they apply to you:
- Working with people who like to take action and do what it takes,
- Sitting in the sun, journalling or reading,
- Writing my Gratitude list in my Attitude of Gratitude Journal
- Paddling on the ocean with my husband,
- Seeing progress in our property portfolio in the USA
- Meeting inspiring people
- Seeing the light go on in the eyes of my audience
Here are a few things that drain me, or draw more energy than they generate:
- Arguments, particularly at home,
- Standing in queues (avoid them where possible!)
- People who complain with no intention of changing anything, (avoid them too!)
- Housework (that’s why I get someone in to help with this)
What is on your list? What are you going to Choose this Chooseday?
With that, I’m off to recharge with my head on my pillow!
Have a great week,