Technology and Management Solutions Pursuit of Passionate Purpose
    March 2015
 
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Passionate pursuers are people who find and successfully pursue their purpose to reap the real rewards of life. In the process, they increase, focus, and use energy. Ask yourself, "Do I have the energy to do what I need to do?"

Why Is Energy Important?

My theme in 2015 is "Be a SUNFLOWER." Each letter of the word aligns with one the traits of successful Passionate Pursuers. E stands for Energy. From Pursuit of Passionate Purpose (p. 52), "The capacity to do work — energy — is a habit of vigorous activity and forceful expression. Your head, heart, and hands are your energy centers."

There are simple ways to increase your energy levels. In Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, David Hawkins, MD, PhD, explains that energy levels can be calibrated into a map of consciousness. Low energy levels manifest as shame, guilt grief, and fear. Courage, acceptance, love, and enlightenment align with high energy levels. Positive jumps in energy are possible through intention, will, choice, and motivation. Many spiritual disciplines of the world are interested in approaches to ascend these levels.

Seven Practical Pointers to Increase, Focus, and Use Energy
Be Aware. The first step toward increasing the strength of your energy is being aware of what energizes you. Note what makes you feel alive, engaged, and energized and what does not.
Build. Intentionally nurture and build your positive, energizing forces. Do more of what makes you feel energized and do less of what zaps your energy. Say NO to zappers and distractions. Say YES to energizers. Be good to yourself.
Meditate. Hawkins notes that one technique to increase energy levels is meditation. It also increases your ability to focus and concentrate. Do you have a regular practice? Even one minute each day is infinitely better than no minutes. Find a teacher or a support group. Improve your meditation posture.
Surround Yourself with Energizers. Ask yourself, "What people energize me?" Spend time with those who provide encouragement and external validation. As Kit Fox summarizes in the article "How to live to be 100 (or pretty damn close)" in Men's Fitness, "Finding a healthy partner could actually save your life. University College London researchers studied 3,722 couples and found that 67% of men became more physically active if their partner was." Smiling itself is an energizer!
Sleep More. After decades of burning the candle at both ends and surviving on five hours of sleep a night, I realized the price I was paying. Not only does sleep feel good, it improves your cognitive and physical abilities. It gives you energy. For an even bigger energizer, try jumping out of bed in the morning, clapping your hands, and saying, "I feel energized. Today is a great day."
Move More. Exercise, even just a 20-minute walk, increases your stress robustness and resilience. It provides a source of energy. Ask yourself what movement works best. Using energy creates more energy. Too much media zaps energy too. Turn off TV, smart devices, and computers. Get off the couch, and move! While you're at it, breath. Oxygen is an energizer.
Eat Well. There are certain foods that zap energy. Conversely, fresh, colorful vegetables and fruits are energizers. Pure, clean water energizes. Are you drinking enough water per day? Too much fat, salt, and sugar reduces your energy. Fake sugar zaps energy. Too much food in general reduces energy. Do you have the ability to stop eating when you are full? Be aware of what works best for you. When did you last have your blood tested? Make sure you have enough iron and that other important elements are in balance.

Summary

People who find and successfully pursue their purpose are energetic. They have tremendous energy and know how to increase, focus, and use that energy. What are you doing to increase your energy? Start now!

Upcoming Public Events

March 31, 2015. Participate in this free, online webinar: "How Visual IVRs Bolster Customer Engagements and Profits." Featuring Radish Systems, Enghouse Interactive, and [24]7. Learn how to cost-effectively transform your existing Interactive Voice Response system into a next generation, TRUE visual IVR. Register now.

April 17, 2015. Celebration of Women. Join Theresa at this Boulder Business and Professional Women's dinner event featuring men and women who are making a difference in the economic self-sufficiency of working women. Lifetime Achievement Winner, Ruth Wright; Woman of the Year, Cynda Arsenault (Secure World Foundation); Man of the Year, Brad Feld (Foundry Group); and others will share their experiences and ideas. Register now.

Practical Information for You

GIVE THE GIFT OF PASSIONATE PURPOSE. You can buy my book at the Passionate Purpose Store. It's a meaningful gift that keeps on giving.

RADISH. Interested in more of the Radish story? Follow Radish @RadishSystems or @ChoiceView on Twitter. And subscribe to Radish's RSS feed.

BLOG. Check out my latest Radish Sprouts blog posts about business, career, and life performance. There you'll learn about BEGIN ANEW: How to Regenerate like a Sunflower.

Be a SUNFLOWER in 2015!

Theresa M. Szczurek, Ph.D., CMC®
Radish CEO, Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker

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