Do You Know The Secret Formula For A Better Life?

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A Personal Discovery

I was pleasantly surprised.

I had discovered a secret formula for an amazing life. The more I engaged in this activity, the better I felt.

You see, a few years ago, I started developing some specific, personal habits in my life that were making look and feel better.

What exactly is this secret formula for a better life?

Exercise.

I know, I know. I’m sure you’re not overly surprised with this secret formula. It’s really not much of a “secret.”

We all have a head knowledge that exercise is supposed to be really, really good for us. The problem is that very few people take this knowledge and actually apply it. From my own personal experience, I have found that once you do apply this knowledge, though, the benefits of daily exercise are truly amazing. I can no longer imagine a life without regular exercise.

I made a complete paradigm shift on exercise after receiving five amazing benefits.

5 Surprising Benefits of Exercise

I believe the majority of people exercise to lose weight. That’s great. Keep on losing those pounds! But, I have also found that there are several other major benefits to daily exercise. These reasons keep me hooked and coming back for more.

  1. Increased energy level. This was the biggest benefit I have found once I got into the “groove” of daily exercise. I have a lot more energy to get stuff done. I have more energy from early morning all the way into the evening. This is the number one reason that keeps me going back to the gym every day. I want more energy to accomplish my dreams and goals.
  2. Enhanced mood. If you struggle with anxiety, irritability, stress, or depression, then regular exercise is a great prescription to boost your mood! I have found my life to be lived on a more “even keel” with exercise. Get off your emotional roller coaster with a little bit of exercise.
  3. Expanded mental focus. It is a well established fact that our mental capacity increases with exercise. We become more alert and focused on the tasks before us. In an age of digital distraction, we can all use a little more mental focus.
  4. Extended waking hours. The “weird” part of daily exercise is that you end up needing to sleep less. Why would this be? It almost seems like an oxymoron. You would think you would need to sleep more to allow your body to recover from all your exercise. But, once you are in a healthier state due to exercise, your bodily systems run more efficiently. They don’t need to work as hard, thus the need for a little less sleep. Then, if you need less sleep, you can accomplish even more!
  5. Renewed love life. Yeah, I don’t think I need to go into a lot of detail here, but daily exercise (for us married couples, of course) does help your love life. Try it, and see what I’m talking about!

Questions: How about you? Do you exercise? Why or why not? If you do exercise regularly, do you agree with my five benefits listed here? Am I missing any additional benefits that you have discovered?






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Energy Management Is The New Time Management

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Old School: Time Management

For decades now, there has been a tremendous emphasis in leadership and management circles regarding time management. Perhaps you’ve read some of the following books and are familiar with the time management concepts of these authors:

These books are all great resources and contain wonderful time management concepts. In our ever-changing, fast-paced digital, information overload world, time is a precious resource that is getting more difficult to manage with each passing day.

Time management is an attempt to become more efficient in our processing and scheduling of time in order to do even more. The problem with this approach is that we expend additional energy to accomplish more in our schedules and to-do lists. As a result over time, we lose energy and focus and end up accomplishing less than we were before.

A better approach in today’s age is energy management. Here’s what I am talking about.

New School: Energy Management

All of us have specific capacities of energy in our spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical lives. If we don’t cycle through by using these capacities to their greatest extent as well as renewing these energies, then we can become less effective, difficult to deal with, and maybe even downright moody.

Let me give you two quick examples with commentary.

First: Spiritual Capacity. As a Christian, I need to be connected to a God-purpose that is bigger than myself. I receive energy and renewal through the power of the Holy Spirit. In order to engage the power of the Holy Spirit, I must be active in my faith through carrying about the great commission as well as using the gifts and abilities God has given me for ministry. I must not only be active in my faith and using my gifts to their greatest capacity, but I also need to spend time renewing that Holy Spirit capacity through reading and meditating on God’s Word, time in prayer, and worshiping in church each week.

Second: Physical Capacity. My physical body needs to be pushed to its fullest capacity. I must move! I need to create rituals of both aerobic exercise and strength training. I need to expend physical energy in order to receive more energy that will assist me in being fully engaged in the workplace as well as at home. I renew my physical energy capacity through proper rest, recreation, excellent eating habits, and physical exercise each day.

Focus Your Life On Energy Management

I can testify from first-hand experience that a focus on energy management in the areas of spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical has an unbelievable impact on your life, family, and work in every way.

I highly recommend a great book resource I just finished reading a few days ago: The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. Check out the link below for more information.

Questions: are you still engaged in old-school time management principles, or have you discovered the power of full engagement through energy management? If you are familiar with these energy management principles, what has been your own personal experience with this approach?