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This book is for busy people: would you like to have more energy?  Would you like to wake up in the morning looking forward to what the day may bring, and to end the day with energy in reserve?  Would you like to feel calmer, more in control and to enjoy life more? It’s easier than you think.  This is how:

Do less of what drains your energy and more of what boosts your energy.

 Can it be that simple? Well, yes it can. Start by  noticing which things reduce your energy and which things increase your energy. Then take some small steps to reduce the drains and boost the energy givers.

I can imagine that some of you will have lots of objections and sound reasons why this may not work for you, but humour me. In this book, I will explain some practical steps to make the necessary changes, and the effort involved will repay itself many times over. Your life may be just about to change gear.

A lot of the people I meet are successful and in a state of overwhelm. They feel that life is tough and, frankly, not all that much fun. There seem to be many causes: a To Do list that never gets shorter, too many demands in their different roles (partner, child, grandchild, parent, fundraiser, sibling, neighbour, employee, manager), too many meetings, too many e-mails, too much travel, too much information to absorb and too easily reached through mobile communications. They feel a lack of control, are perpetually struggling and never getting closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. Fire-fighting, and unreasonable demands have almost become the norm.

It doesn’t have to be this way. When you have more energy, you feel more resilient and resourceful. Problems become smaller, are dealt with more completely and recur less often. Life seems more manageable and starts to be a more positive experience. You feel less overwhelmed and more in control. People with more energy attract similar people, are more fun to be around and get more done.

High energy people

People with high energy are more attractive and seem to have an easier, and better, time than the rest of us. They seem to move through life with less bruising, friction and erosion. Here are some of the words that have been used to describe with high energy people:

  • A spark in the eye
  • A certain fluidity
  • The mood in a roomful of people changes when they walk in
  • Somehow attractive – you are drawn to them
  • You feel better around them
  • Openness
  • Passionate
  • Self-assured
  • Robust yet vulnerable
  • They seem to accept themselves, warts and all
  • They have a sense of humour; a mischievous, playful side
  • They seem to have more time
  • Approachable
  • Living in the present, not distracted or absent
  • Have a sense of clarity and purpose about them
  • Optimistic, a positive attitude
  • Spontaneous

By contrast people with low energy appear:

  • Hesitant, uncertain
  • One-paced
  • Private
  • Awkward, sort of angular
  • Distracted
  • Fragile
  • Reserved
  • Slow to commit, indecisive
  • Worn down
  • Pessimistic
  • And their words lack conviction

Which set of words best describes the way you are today? Do you want people to describe you more often using phrases from the first group?

This book is NOT about

Some of you will be relieved to find that this book is NOT about diet, nutrients, exercise, chakras, power naps or feng shui. All these things have a contribution to make and there are a gazillion books on them.

This book IS about

This book is more about head stuff: paying attention to different things, noticing how you respond to the little things and doing something about them because they matter, often more than they appear to. What I want for you is that you feel inspired to take a number of little, achievable steps and feel a big benefit. The essence of this book is about bite-sized, straightforward, achievable steps that make a huge difference.

How to read this book

You do not have to read this book from start to finish, feel free to dip in anywhere. You can do the exercises as you go through, do them later or never do them. Clearly if you want to get the full benefit it makes sense to read the whole book and do the exercises, but you are likely to get a lot from it just by dipping in and reading parts of it.

By the time you finish this book

If you follow the steps in this book, then by the time you finish you will:

  • Have repaired all those little things that need fixing, that you’ve been meaning to get around to, but ignoring – it takes energy to ignore them.
  • Have cleared the clutter in your life – a big energy drain.
  • Spend more time with the people who bring out your best
  • Be clear what your natural strengths are and you will use them more often.
  • Build in a margin in your life for contingencies, so when things go wrong the impact is less and any anxiety about them going wrong is reduced. This will increase your sense of resourcefulness and energy.
  • Have regular time in your schedule for activities that boost your energy. You will see that these are not optional but rather they recharge your batteries and help you cope with all the demands in your life.
  • Change your perspective from seeing what is wrong to appreciating what is right and abundant in your life and be able to enjoy your life more.
  • Connect with people more often and feel the increased energy that comes from having more positive contact with different people.
  • Slow down at times and get more done.
  • Find being happy is easier.
  • Find it easier and less wearing to deal with children.
  • Get more help where you need it and progress will be quicker.
  • Notice more quickly what things drain your energy and what boosts it, and want to do something about it.

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