Last week I had a tough night sleep. You know the nights where no matter what position you find yourself in, it just doesn’t seem comfortable? My first session began at 5:30 am, and so the few hours I managed to spend in bed didn’t really add up to much energy in the morning. However, as soon as the first clients came in the door, my energy shot way up and we had a great session.
Has this ever happened to you?
And have you ever wondered why you are able to go from such low energy to such high energy in a matter of minutes?
My answer is that energy can come from two sources – Willpower and Purpose.
Willpower requires sheer determination. It requires that you put your head down and gut it out. Willpower allows us to achieve many things. With enough of it, we can reach a goal and feel successful. However, willpower requires an inordinate amount of energy. It is like pushing a boulder uphill. Can it be done? Absolutely! But how much effort, force and energy does it take to get there?
We can take that a step further and say that willpower is the reason that many people begin and then fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions. They start off with a high level of energy and commitment toward their goal. The first few weeks they are ‘all in’, but as the proverbial ‘boulder’ gets heavy, their energy starts to wane. It becomes harder to push and eventually they give up and go back to their old ways.
Ultimately, willpower is an inefficient method of reaching a goal because it requires such a high amount of energy to maintain. It will take us a certain amount of the way, but if we really want to use our energy efficiently, we have to look toward Purpose.
Like willpower, Purpose can help us achieve many things. It can lead us to our goals and make us feel successful. The difference is that purpose requires little to no effort. Purpose means aligning with your passion and doing the thing you love to do. Purpose also requires an understanding that the reason you are doing something exists somewhere outside of you. Purpose gives us meaning, and when we tap into that inner drive it requires a significantly smaller amount of energy output on our part.
In comparison to pushing a boulder uphill with willpower, purpose is like a having a winch hauling the boulder up the hill. The winch is our purpose, and when it’s connected, all we need to do is gently guide the boulder as the winch does the work. Purpose requires little effort or output of energy and propels you quickly and easily toward your goal.
Connecting back to New Year’s Resolutions, you can probably think of examples where those who have a Purpose stay with it. If someone wants to be healthy so they can see their grandchildren grow, they will be more likely to lose the weight and keep it off. If someone wants to exercise more regularly so they can spend more time doing activities with their spouse, it will be easier for them to stay on track.
Bringing this back to you — just ask yourself the question:
Do you want more ENERGY?
Then connect with your Purpose. Find your WHY! Align with the inner drive that creates the meaning in your life. When you do, you will have all the energy you need….and then some!