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Updated: Jul 21, 2020

Have you ever had days when you have worked continuously for 10-11 hours but not felt fatigued even one minute and were raring to go the next day?

But other days when you haven’t put so many hours and still felt exhausted?

Did you ever think how’s that possible and why does it happen.

Well, it means that it’s not the number of hours you put in but how you invested these hours that really matters. Which brings me to this this age old belief of energy driving the universe. Another way of looking at it is, number of hours in a day is fixed for everyone then how come some are able to give their top notch performance while others are operating at sub-optimal level. Time is finite, I’m not sure about Energy though!

We are living in an era of information overload, time management essentially now boils down to what we choose to focus on and where we choose to direct our energies.

Have had my days when I have wasted directing my energies on the challenges I faced rather than on the opportunities I had!

Discussing problems rather than thinking about solutions.

Being upset and disappointed at not getting what I thought I deserved rather than being grateful for what I have.

Discussing people rather than discussing ideas. (What a sheer waste of time. Sigh!)

With work getting commoditized and information being freely available, the use of our human mind will be the differentiator. How we choose to interpret, define, visualize and imagine would be the skills of the future. People will be hired for their minds and not just for their hands.

One of my most favorite influencers of today’s era, Naval, has very beautifully summarized “Earn with your mind, not with your time”.

It calls for us to learn to let go off things we can’t control and focus on stuff we really believe we can and guide our energies in that direction. This calls for higher self-awareness and self-consciousness. Doing things more intentionally than letting things happen to us.

Coz as Henry Ford said “If you think you can or if you think you can’t, you are right!”

If you think you need to do this badly then well some of these things might help to start with:

  1. Energy is defined by our thoughts (to a great extent). What we think is how we feel. So we have to change the way we think.

  2. Be surrounded with people who help our Being

  3. Pick influencers over haters

  4. Know what brings out the best in us and what brings out the worst

  5. Be in charge of our emotions, the quality of energy will go up!

  6. Buy time, to weed our negative energy

  7. Set a ritual to do the above! Rituals are powerful!

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