Each Friday we aim to bring you valuable and actionable content on nutrition that you can use to improve your health and thus your life.
This week is just a little different. I’ll start with a question…
Where Does Energy Come From?
In short- the sun.
It makes the plants grow. We eat some of them. It’s fantastic.
Some animals eat some of the plants too. Some of us eat some of the animals. This is also fantastic, for some of us.
BOOM!!! Question. Answered.
There’s something else.
- It is not that simple. Or maybe it is-that depends on the point you are trying to make.
- Energy also come from emotion. This can be demanded by external factors. It can be influenced by internal factors.
Let’s look at number 2, and then I’m going to share a free energy audit to help you see what give your energy and feeds your soul.
There are a few things that zap our energy from a non-movement related perspective. Of course things like sitting in traffic, juggling domestic life, and trying to fit in some sort of social interaction all can weigh in on your total energy expenditure. Cognition takes a lot! Your brain is responsible for using over 20% of your daily calories consumed-take this opportunity to eat some walnuts or salmon- #brainfood
Lets focus this on your professional life for a moment… What at work drains your energy? What at work gives you energy.
For me, I am drained by things that require repetition. Processing invoices, typing in spreadsheets, and filling out data columns all are super draining for me, but so is too much social interaction.
What gives me energy is have deep discussions in small groups where we are all focused on the person speaking. Coaching 1 on 1 or in small groups lights my fire; I thrive with this stuff. On the other end, I suffer when working alone. This is me. This is who I am.
Knowing this is super empowering! When I find myself strung out of some things that may matter, but they aren’t a HUGE deal at the moment, I can take a break and shift my focus to the things that do give me energy.
How did I find this out?
I was able to figure this stuff out for myself by:
- Lots, lots, and lots of trail and error.
- Lots, lots, and lots of suffering(by being bad at something and not totally being sure of why).
- This amazing energy audit, provided by Carrot(click here). Carrot develops marketing tools for real estate agents, but they also made this crazy cool audit to help you identify your energy ratios!
Check it out! See how your percentages stack up!
Can you make them change over time? Do they even need to change?
Of course we are all going to do some things we don’t particularly enjoy(oil change, anyone?), but what if you could start to shift your focus and prioritize the things that provide you more energy?
Let me know how it goes! I would love to hear what your results are!
Jordan Vance M.B.A., PNL1, CFL1, CFAnatomy, CFScaling
Jordan is in pursuit of all things health. He loves working out, eating clean, and helping all.
You can find him at the gym, or a locally owned coffee shop.
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