Energy, Not Time, Is the Fundamental Currency of High Performance

In their book, The Power of Full Engagement, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz remind great leaders about the power of energy in living a life of purpose and success. The following statement brings surgical focus to their message: “Energy, not time, is the fundamental current of high performance.” They write: “The ultimate measure of our lives is not how much time we spend on the planet, but rather how much energy we invest in the time that we have… The number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not. It is our most precious resource. The more we take responsibility for the energy we bring to the world, the more empowered and productive we become.”

Energy is in the hands of great leaders. But how to further maximize its strength and power? John Maxwell, in his book, No Limits, writing about energy capacity, suggests his own five questions which he uses to maximize his energy capacity:

The Plugged-In Question: “When am I fully charged?” – doing the things that turn you on (e.g. living in his gift zone of doing what he loves to do; investing with family and friends; adding value to others)
The Depletion Question: “What wears me out?“– identifying those things that deplete your energy (e.g. living in the past; living someone else’s life)
The Proximity Question: “How Accessible are my energy pluses?” – surrounding yourself with those things that energize you (e.g. people, music, experiences, places)
The 100 Percent Question: “When do I need to be full of energy?” – being aware of those special moments which Jeffrey Gitomer calls “showtime moments” when you need to be absolutely at the top of your game
The Margin Question: “Where is the space for things I need but haven’t planned?” –  preparing time for the unexpected

Five simple questions that provide a reservoir source for the great leader’s energy. It is you who are in control of finding more. May you fill the precious hours and moments of your life with “show-time moments.” Be fully charged by the things that you love to do and the people you love to be with. As Helen Keller wrote: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Choose to live your life as a daring, exciting and magical adventure!

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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1 Response to Energy, Not Time, Is the Fundamental Currency of High Performance

  1. Jack Beach says:

    “The number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not. It is our most precious resource.” What a profound and essential insight. Great leaders create organizational climates that foster deep engagement. A workplace in which employees are intellectually and emotionally involved with their work, and are positively connected with their co-workers, the larger organization, and its mission. This state of mind promotes a sense of pride, a willingness to expend discretionary effort, and most importantly, ignites energy that would not otherwise exist.

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