Feeling low on power is an inevitable part of the multiplier’s life. Many times, low energy shows up uninvited. However, recharging your inner power is a daily choice we must own. The truth is simple: you’re responsible for your energy levels. For leaders who are focused on multiplying the great commandment and the great commission, it is essential to proactively recharge and regain your inner power. This essay explores effective strategies to help you recharge and navigate these challenging times. You’re too important to only be operating at 50%.
If you want to see change, it is crucial to recognize and understand the factors that contribute to your energy levels. You are a spiritual and physical being. Energy encompasses physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects, all interconnected and influencing one another. When I exercise my body, my spirit opens up and I’m more in tune with God’s voice. Also, my mind becomes more clear and my emotions become a friend rather than a foe. The world simply looks different after I break a sweat. A simple tool to help you get a clear reading on your energy drains is called the Peace Index. It’s a five-minute assessment that they’ve made available at no cost to you.
Let’s look at three time-tested strategies for dealing with low energy:
The Physical Approach: Many will skim through this one too quickly. We have been wired to put our physical approach in last place. I am convinced that many of our energy issues are tied to our physical approach or lack thereof. If you truly want to replenish your energy levels, you must prioritize restful sleep, as it promotes overall well-being and rejuvenation. Engage in regular exercise to increase endorphin levels and enhance vitality. Nourish your body with a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and consuming nutrient-rich foods. Additionally, taking short breaks throughout the day, practicing deep breathing exercises, and spending time in nature can invigorate your senses and provide an energy boost.
A few tricks to jumpstart your physical approach:
Use My Fitness Pal to track what you’re taking in and putting out.
Try walking 45 minutes each day as a baseline for your routine.
Get everything into your daily calendar and where you can see it easily.
The Mental Approach: Mental fatigue can drain your power and leave you feeling depleted. When faced with this challenge, it is vital to create space for mental rejuvenation. It won’t be convenient, but neither is operating at 50% of mental capacity. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, such as reading, pursuing hobbies, or listening to music. It took me some time, but I learned that playing classical piano in the background helps me work from a different mind space. Practice mindfulness and meditation to calm your mind and gain clarity. I like to use the Pause App for breathing and meditation. It has been a game-changer. Set realistic goals and prioritize tasks to reduce overwhelm. A simple and consistent system of sequencing your work can help tremendously. A mentor of mine Steve Graves has written a brilliant article called “Who Should Bat Last” that is both helpful and hilarious. Lastly, seek opportunities for personal growth and learning, as expanding your knowledge and skills can provide a sense of accomplishment and renewed motivation.
The Emotional Approach: Emotional drain can significantly impact your energy levels. Most of our emotional drain comes from the people closest to us mixed with the demands placed upon us. In a way, our people hold a level of emotional control in our lives. Those closest to us are designed to be a significant source of emotional power. Sue Johnson says: “From the cradle to the grave, humans desire a certain someone who will look out for them, notice and value them, soothe their wounds, reassure them in life’s difficult places, and hold them in the dark.” Henry Cloud has written a book called “The Power of the Other” that is a must-read. He says:
“People trying to reach goals succeed at a much greater
rate if they are connected to a strong human support system.”
Whether you are currently experiencing energizing or draining relationships with the people closest to you, it is essential to acknowledge and process your emotions to recharge and regain your inner power. Buried emotions get buried alive. They will make a comeback. Instead of pushing them down, allow yourself to express and release emotions through journaling, talking to a trusted friend or therapist, or engaging in creative outlets. Cultivate self-compassion and practice self-care regularly through a few of the strategies above. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people who uplift your spirits. Set a goal for your tribe to be more robust and life-giving by this time next year and go for it. Your people matter; find your people, grow your people, and love your people. Inversely, setting boundaries and saying no when necessary can also protect your emotional well-being, preventing energy depletion caused by excessive demands or toxic relationships.
Feeling low on power is an extremely challenging reality that even the most effective leaders experience. Even so, it can be overcome by understanding our design and God-given limitations.