Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tap into Your Personal Energy Source

I've been thinking about "energy" latelynot physical energy like what you might get from a good workout or a strong cup of coffee, but mental energy. For those times when we get dragged down in the day-to-day, the dullness, the monotony, and we need to be pulled out of the blahwe need a jolt of energy.

Perhaps you could call it a renewed spirit or enthusiasm. But we all have a personal source of this energy. It's just a matter of identifying what makes us feel mentally alive.

I've realized that I feed off the energy of other people when we're sharing a common interest and I'm learning new things. For example, back in grad school, if we had a really great discussion on language and writing, all those nerdy details that only people in a writing master's program would talk about, I would leave class feeling energized.

Or when I meet with other entrepreneurs and we discuss, ask questions, share informationlike last week's coffee date with some local business owners/PowerPlay members or the monthly Business in the City meetingsI feel energized.

Or when I talk to other writers, people who share my interests, and I learn something newlike at Chicago Women in Publishing events or the occasional coffee or dinner with writer friends.

Or when I catch up with good friends and we talk about current news, food, literature, life. These are the times I tap into that energy.

I can find inspiration in many places, solitary places, like books and blogs and a quiet moment of reflection. But for me, energy is a bit different than inspirationit comes from a different type of interaction. As an introvert, it takes getting out of my comfort zone sometimes. With time though, it yields amazing resultsit leads to developing relationships, building knowledge, and cultivating that ever-elusive energy.

What situations or people energize your mind and spirit?


  1. This is something I need to work on. There's been a lot of running around in my life and not a lot of recharging. Unfortunately, blogs don't do it anymore and my attention span can only last a few pages in books...

    1. Yes, "recharge" is the right word. You'll find that energy again!


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