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by riley harrison

The real difference between men is energy. A strong will, a settled purpose, and invincible determination, can accomplish almost anything; and in this lies the distinction between great men and little men.

Thomas Fuller



Don’t we all feel energized when we contemplate the possibilities of life? The secret is having the discipline to channel that energy into purposeful focus.

I’m  energized when I  follow my heart rather than be led by my intellect. Being analytical may help me to understand but the energy required to surge forward enthusiastically comes from the heart. We create by feeling not by thought.  Who do you think is more successful in life and has more energy – optimists or pessimists? Optimism is a skill that can be enhanced by learning to focus on possibilities and thus releasing latent or unrealized energy.

Place your major emphasis on what’s right and make what’s wrong a secondary matter. This doesn’t mean that problems don’t exist and aren’t real; it does mean that with this proper perspective you will have more energy, will and determination to address the “what’s wrong” issues.

Remember Ruckert’s law – nothing is so small that it can’t be blown out of proportion. Don’t allow yourself to be held hostage by negative thinking and pay the unacceptable price of diminished optimism and limited thinking.

Chronic complaining and criticizing is a terrible misuse and drain of energy. Consider how positive energy alters the landscape of your existence. Consider how positive energy affects relationships. Positive energy inspires. Negative energy demoralizes.

We need to be around  positive people. How can we identify them? – they are successful at living life. They live life and avoid the traps of being overly analytical and always requiring more information before acting. If you wish to accomplish and be creative, make a conscious effort  to be around positive thinking, action oriented people. They are focused and don’t waste energy. Avoid the vampires of life, those who drain your spirit and energy. Energy is highly infectious; so is negativity. Choose carefully who you associate with; it affects your perspective and how you channel your energy. Negative people expend energy justifying being victimized. Positive people view life as a fun experiment or puzzle to be solved. A fun outlook is energizing.

Energy is wasted trying to be what we are not. Singer Billie Holiday said “You can’t copy anybody and end up with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any feeling.” If there is no feeling, there is no energy. There is no universal formula. It’s your job to discover what works best for you. It’s a self discovery process.

Your thoughts affect your energy level. This is the beauty of greater awareness; when negative, pessimistic thoughts begin to seep into your consciousness you can learn to say to yourself “Stop it” or “There I go again” and refocus on more positive life circumstances. Optimists see the glass as half full;  pessimists see the glass as half empty. Engineers say the glass is twice the size it needs to be.

Do what works. Don’t ignore your “knowing”. You know what you know. Why do we choose to ignore what we know? It’s easy to keep stepping on relationship landmines because you ignore what you know. When talking, people will often say I know I’m probably boring you. And the personal growth question is why continue behavior that creates alienation rather than connection? We knowingly give advice that  both parties know will not be heeded; it exasperates rather than helps. You know when your energy isn’t being received or appreciated, so why waste the energy. Sanaya Roman says “When you are feeling depreciated, angry or drained, it is a sign that other people are not open to your energy.”  We choose to ignore reality because we  want it to be different. The gap between reality and desires (or when desires are mistaken for reality) will cause a lot of grief and frustration and wasted energy. Wouldn’t it be great if others had the same perspective on life that you have? But the reality is that they don’t; they are different people with a different gene set and have been conditioned by different experiences.

Have awareness how décor and  your surroundings either diminish or renew your energy. What you love and appreciate creates feelings of gratitude and elevates your energy.

Don’t expect others to give what they don’t have.  Where is the reality in that?

What’s the criteria for what you should give? Ask yourself this question: Am I giving or contributing in a way that fills me with energy? If your contributions or method of service depletes you, you will unconsciously or consciously resent it. Your energy will be wasted and your contributions will not genuinely serve others.

Energy is your most prized possession. Emerson said “The world belongs to the energetic”.




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