#002: 10 Practical Ways to Boost Your Energy Level [Podcast]

In this podcast episode I talk some practical ways to boost your energy level. I discuss my own experience in learning to manage my energy level and why it is so important to you.

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Episode Outline

I discuss ten practical ways to boost your energy level:

  1. Get plenty of rest.
  2. Exercise daily.
  3. Drink lots of water.
  4. Eat high energy foods.
  5. Take a good multi-vitamin.
  6. Feed your brain.
  7. Maintain a positive attitude.
  8. Watch your mouth.
  9. Avoid energy depleting people.
  10. Connect with God.

Listener Questions

I also answer three questions from my listeners.

  • “How do you find your peak work hours?”
  • “Why do people who don’t seem to take care of themselves have more energy than I do?”
  • “How do you disengage from work and have energy left over for your family?”

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  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    Thanks Michael for sharing these 10 energizers. Very much relevant and practical! Since I have already subscribed to your podcast, I am planning to listen to this podcast today or tomorrow as I get time. I am eager to know the answer to question No.2!

    One action I take today to boost my energy level? That’s #10 – connect with God. Doing this helps me do everything else!

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Aren’t those great questions he asked at the end? I’m intrigued as well! Can’t wait to give it a listen.

  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    This should be a very timely podcast for me to listen to.  I’ve been struggling with migraines recently.  My guess is that many of your suggestions will help.  Right off the bat, I know that I could use more sleep.  When I am busy, sleep is usually the first thing to be impacted.  Either I cut out some of my sleep to make more room for other things or I don’t sleep well, because my mind is on to many other things.  I look forward to hearing what you have to share.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Sleep is often the first casualty for me as well. The good news is that it doesn’t take long to fix it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jonstolpe Jon Stolpe

        Michael, The podcast is great!  Keep it up.  I look forward to the next one.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

       I agree.  The timlieness is almost eerie…

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Jon … Two of the most common causes of migraines are: 1. Sleep, 2. Diet. It’s good to see your making this connection as well.

      Hope you can find some time to rest!

      • http://www.facebook.com/jonstolpe Jon Stolpe

        I’m working on it.  I’ve definitely seen improvement as the week has gone along.  I’m off of work today and heading away with my wife for the weekend.  This will help for sure!

  • http://www.michaelnichols.org/about Michael Nichols

    Great as usual Michael. I appreciate that you continue to develop innovative ideas to connect with readers and listeners.

    Answering the listener questions is genius. Great work!

    Michael Nichols

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Michael. I appreciate that.

  • Suzanne

    funny that we tend to put “connect with God” at nr 10. :) while without him 1- 9 wouldn’t even exist.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Hi Suzanne … Thanks for the comment. I’m fairly certain these aren’t ranked in order of priority. I’m sure connecting with God is a priority for all of us! Have you seen this post by Michael? It explains his morning routine:


      This might shed some more light on your concerns. Thanks!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patti-Schieringa/100000060620784 Patti Schieringa

        Hi Suzanne and Justin, I thought of itpeculiar being at the end. But then I thought by having it there, non -believers will more likely keep listening because the rest was so valuable.  Their minds will be open to hear.

        • Gabe

          It’s true, I would have shut the cast off sooner had the christian pitch/recruiting come sooner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmcolwill Jonathan Michael Colwill

    It works ;)

    i would also consider taking 1000mg of Omega 3 a day: it helps in the process of replacing nerve and brain cells, especially in the presence of Selenium.

    A recent study showed that drug addicts in prison, when given 3x that quantity reversed the damage that had been caused through alcohol and srug abuse, causing up to 25% regrowth of lost tissue.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

       Interesting.  Vitamin C does wonders as well.

      • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

        Vitamin B is also my friend ;)

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          Yep.  I have a B complex I take daily

          • Rachel Lance

            Can’t disagree with omega 3, B or C, but I recently discovered vitamin D drops when my daughter’s pediatrician recommended them – am now a huge fan!

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            I’ve heard great things about D, but the one that has me really wowed is the things that are happening with megadoses of vitamin C!  Incredible stories!

          • http://www.facebook.com/jonstolpe Jon Stolpe

            I take Vit. C, D, a multi-vitamin, and a fish oil capsule.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jmcolwill Jonathan Michael Colwill

             Selenium is very important too :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonstolpe Jon Stolpe

      I already take fish oil, but maybe I should take some more.  Thanks for the tip!

  • http://soulfari.blogspot.com/ Jay Cookingham

    Thanks Mike for this podcast…I’m going to put these into practice…pray for me!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      prayed for.

      • http://soulfari.blogspot.com/ Jay Cookingham

        Appreciate that!

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Will be listening on my commute today! Thanks for creating a drive time resource. I happened to see Tony Robbins and Oprah last night on TV. His seminar was full of energy and emotion. His material was so different than I thought it would be. I was expecting a lot more hype, but instead, he seemed to have some amazing ideas. I know you and Gail attended a while back. Just curious how the seminar was in person and if it would be something worthwhile to attend.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I highly recommend it, John. Gail and I have been twice. It is probably the most significant seminar we have ever attended. I use what I learned every day. It will take your life and your career to a whole new level.

  • http://about.me/ChristineLBowen Christine L Bowen

    Excellent, practical info. I do believe that #10 should be #1 though! That’s the key to success in all the other areas.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I agree. I was conflicted on that. Certainly God must come first. I have just seen too many Christians use it as an excuse for taking responsibility in the other areas. Thanks for your input!

      • http://about.me/ChristineLBowen Christine L Bowen

        I see your perspective on that — and I receive it. There are many that “wait” on God in a literal sense, rather than “getting up and getting busy”. 

        That’s the key to receiving our abundance, taking action! Demonstrating to our Higher Power that we desire to receive all that He has to offer us.

        BTW, many thanks for being a light to so many, including me! =)

  • http://twitter.com/DrJasonJones Jason E. Jones

    The topic of energy management and optimization is so relevant. I’ve just finished  a 7 part series on my vlog on “Energy for Life” to address this subject. Both biblical and scientific literature lead us to the conclusion that we must think of energy from 4 perspectives (Physical, Emotional, Mental, and most importantly Spiritual). Most over look the last element, yet it is understanding and defining our purpose, passion, and unique contribution that drives true energy in lives.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Jason. I can’t wait to read this.

  • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

    Downloaded. And pinned to Pinterest!

    I can’t wait to hear the answer to the second question…one of those things that really bugs me.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Ooh. Good call adding the podcast to Pinterest. Never thought to do that! Thanks for the tip, Cheri.

  • http://www.producewithpassion.com Dan McCoy

    Well after a great night’s sleep, I’ve connected with God first, drank plenty of water (with SuperGreens in it), exercised my body AND my mind – reading and listening to this podcast, thanked a few people for being important to me,  jotted some thoughts down about an article I want to write, and socialized on facebook this AM– I literally can’t keep still (thus the run on sentence :-) ).  I have SO much energy that today better look out.   Heading to the office in 1 min and… yep that’s pretty much my day.

    Michael, This podcast was SPOT on.   I agree with your ending coments about the God portion though.  I think it has to be number one.   Or at least close to the top.   Sometimes I need to exercise before I am able to absorb His word.   ONe more piece of grattitude.   Thank YOU for your thoughts each day.   They have had more of a direct reminder to me – and thus impact – on a daily basis than I think anyone else.

    PS – I *might* be in Nashville/Franklin in April.  I would love to run a few miles with you sometime if it ever works out.

  • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

    I’m listening to #1. What do you recommend when your organizational culture heroizes those who sleep 4-5 hours a night and demonizes those who seem to want more? 

    I’ve been tempted to show Arianna Huffington’s TED talk on sleep (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nncY-MA1Iu8), but I’m afraid it will fall on deaf ears (or even backfire) since it’s the men on staff who brag about how little sleep they need/get…

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I have a post tomorrow that is about “How to Change Organizational Culture.” In the meantime, I’d just let them brag. Meanwhile, you get enough sleep and out-perform them based on your focus and energy. ;-)

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman


  • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

    My favorite line was, “sometimes you don’t know how heavy the stone you’re carrying is until you put it down.”

    —something like that. Awesome!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Agreed. Great line.

  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    The old saying goes Garbage in, Garbage out.  This post makes the opposite point, if you put good stuff in, you’ll get good stuff out. Seems easy, yet it’s easy to fail.  Like Paul said, the very thing I want to do I don’t do! The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. 

    I seem to do a good job on everything on your list except exercise (#2).  But I’m working on it.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      Exercise is my weakest link as well.  That’s my goal for the spring, changing it for the better.

      • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

        It is easier to exercise when it is warm out, for sure.  My friend recently took up running. She said she was calling “Fraud” to everyone who talked about getting a runners high. She hates every step. But she’s doing it. That is the way I feel about exercise too. But I need to be like my friend, (and Nike) and Just Do It.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          I find it too easy to say “Just do it… later….”

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          Kelly, I used to be like your friend and thought the runners high was a fake. After running for a couple of months, I started to feel it. It’s something that needs to be built upon. Now, if I miss a run, I get jitters and feel like I’m going through withdraws.

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            Oh to be there someday…..

          • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

            Just keep plugging away. You’ll get there and your body will thank you for it.

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            I know.  Easier said than done, though…

          • http://www.facebook.com/jonstolpe Jon Stolpe

            I’m the same way, Joe.  I used to despise running, but I look forward to it now.

      • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

        Have you ever considered cycling, Jeff? I recently took it up, and have found it extremely enjoyable. I had tried running and weight-lifting (and still supplement with them) but I discovered I enjoyed biking far more and it was easier on my knees.
        There are few things as enjoyable as cycling through the countryside, listening to a good audiobook. :)

        • Rachel Lance

          I love cycling because I can bring my trusty bike in with me when the weather is lousy. Granted there’s nothing like a ride through the country, but I’m just as happy in the winter to pop in a good dvd (or podcast!) and I’m good to go for as long as my baby lets me!

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            I have no way of doing this indoors right now, unless I ride up and down our 15 foot hallway 5 million times ;)

          • Rachel Lance

            Ah, good point. I got lucky and picked up a used training stand that lives in my spare room. I can throw my bike up and be riding in just a few minutes. Check Craigslist and Play It Again.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          Actually, yes.  I have a Scott bike that I use, and hope to increase usage of this year.  I’m moving to it more than running because of the lower impact on my knees as well.

          But I find that running is better cardio for me, more consistent, since I end up coasting a lot on my bike on the hills around here…

          • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

             Have you looked into the barefoot running shoes?

            They help to modify the way you run to correct form. It eases knee and hip pain and helps with shin splints.

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            I have actually.  I have a pair of Vibrams in mind…

          • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

            Nice, my wife picked up a pair of the Bikilias and loves them. With the new catalog of Vibrams releasing soon, prices have been dropping on current models. Maybe you’ll score a great deal.

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            That would be awesome!

      • http://www.facebook.com/jonstolpe Jon Stolpe

        Jeff, I’ve found that it helps to have a goal like a 5K race or a hike or a bike ride.  Knowing that this goal is out there often motivates me to keep going.  Last year, I ran a marathon.  This was a great goal for keeping me in shape.  I need to set another exercise goal for this year.  I’ve thought about doing another marathon, but I know the amount of training required.

  • http://twitter.com/pastorcarol1 Carol Nash Lester

    First of all, I would like to thank you for your daily words of wisdom and insight. Not only have I been enriched, but I have forwarded your postings to family, friends and mentees. My goal for todoay, in term of boosting energy will be increasing water intake, eating healthy foods and buildlng  margin into my day. Thanks, again! 

    • Rachel Lance

      Those are great goals, Carol. 
      Remember to get specific: how much water are you aiming to intake? What healthier foods will you incorporate? And what’s 1-2 things you can do to create a little more margin this week? 
      Keep your goals measurable and manageable and I’m sure you’ll notice a difference before too long!

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    Keeping my thoughts lined up with God’s Word. 

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       That in and of itself is a full-time job.

      • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham


  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Loved episode 1!  Taking this one with me on a road trip on Thursday to listen to!

  • http://www.kentrecommends.com/ Kent Faver

    Wonderful show Michael.  You have a real gift for speaking authentically – and I’m thinking you work at it hard too. 

    The best thing that has helped me over the past couple of years has been intense, an-aerobic workouts.  I play racquetball a couple of times a week, and am drenched in sweat and exhausted when finished.  I also have really ratcheted up the intensity of my weight work-outs – from kind of going through the motions to really getting after it in the time I’m at the gym.   

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kent. I so appreciate your encouragement!

  • http://www.mattsoderstrum.com/ Matt Soderstrum

    Michael – good stuff. Thanks! 

    Could you make it where if someone clicks on one of the above links, that it will open in a new window. You spoke about the multi-vitamin you take, so I clicked on the link and it stopped the podcast. I believe opening in a new window would allow the podcast to continue. 

    I have enjoyed the two episodes thus far! Keep up the good work!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great point, Matt. I should have caught that. It’s all fixed now. Thanks.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    I just finished a four-mile run listening to this podcast. All I can say is I need you to convert all your posts into podcast form in your free time. :) I think listening actually made me run faster!

    I’m going to focus on #8 today, “Watch Your Mouth.”

    • http://www.mirandaochocki.com/ Miranda Ochocki

      I don’t know why I didn’t think of listening during my workout! Thanks for that great tip. 

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        I run several days a week and listen to podcasts almost every time. Love it! Let me know what you think when you try it.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      4 miles in 32 minutes? Great pace Cushart! I would need about 3 podcasts to run 4 miles. Ha:)

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        Haha, not quite. ;) A little over 4 miles in 40 minutes. Enough time for a Hyatt podcast and a couple songs!

  • http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/ Michael Mulligan

    I must admit, today I hesitated to listen to your podcast.  The length, 32+ minutes, was intimidating.  I knew it would cut into my precious three hours and eight minutes of time allocated for writing, blogging, emailing, and interacting with friends in the cyber-world.  I perused the teaser list of ten items and thought, not bad, I’m doing all ten, I should skip the podcast.”

    Then I thought about all the great lessons I’ve learned since finding this blog and decided to give it a try.  I strongly agree with all ten items on the list.  As far as energy goes, I do believe you make the choice to be energetic or lethargic.  The brain just follows what you tell it, like a computer program.  Glad I chose to listen.  It was a refreshing 32+ minutes.  Keep it up.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Michael. I’m glad you decided to listen!

      • http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/ Michael Mulligan

         It was worth it.  I like Michele Cushatt’s comment about listening to your podcast while exercising.  I do my leg raises while brushing and flossing every morning to maximize my time.  I think I’ll listen to your next podcast during a workout. Keep it up.  I love the positive attitude.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    Thanks for this! I really needed it.

    Most of my ‘get up and go’…got up and left…

  • Larry Galley brdgbldr72

    Excellent!  I’m on my to exercise.(:-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/deyoungjd Jeremy DeYoung

    I think there are two additional things to add to your list. 11.) posture – sitting straight and standing up every few hours, 12.) breathing – take deep breathes every 15-20 minutes to oxygenate my body!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Great Additions!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      These are excellent suggestions.

  • http://www.mirandaochocki.com/ Miranda Ochocki

    As I was listening, I drank a Liter of water and took my vitamins. I have no problem with getting enough sleep and connecting with God. I’m working on eating better foods (too many white foods in my diet) and feeding my brain. Better get to it!

  • Becky

    Me?  Energy?  Today?  I am thankful for your INTENTIONAL LEADERSHIP.  Easily motivated and easily sidetracked, I spent four decades pushing myself to exhaustion raising six kids.  After my mom died, I shifted into neutral.  Not a good plan.  God’s word for me in 2012 is “intentional.”  No more exhaustion or coasting, no more depriving or indulging, it’s about balance.  I am supposed to write about the battle for the mind.  Right now I’m battling to take back ground.  Thanks for the energy and encouragement your blog is supplying!

    • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

      Good for you Becky! You can do it! And I’m sorry about the loss of your mom. I know you will honor her with your new attitude of being INTENTIONAL.

  • http://www.hope101.net Lori Tracy Boruff

    I find when I connect with God through prayer and  His word, all other things flow through that connection. As always, I come away richer by spending time on your blog!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill


    • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

      On that note, I think I’ll go spend some time in the word right now!

  • Pmpope68

    #9 is something I definitely practice–avoid energy depleting people.  

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      I have a hard time with that one—actually. I think there is a big difference between avoiding energy depleting people all the time and everywhere and knowing when you have reached your limit with an energy depleting person.

      Michael’s example wasn’t that he avoided this person all together, but reached a limit. I kind-of like this approach better.

      I have several people in my life that I encourage in small doses! :)

      • Pmpope68

        Yes, maybe avoid was the wrong word to use or I should at least clarify.  I don’t necessarily avoid them altogether, but I do draw a line with how much I will take in allowing someone to deplete my emotional energy.  I have a co-worker who tends to obsess about things that we cannot control, so I put on my iPod which greatly reduces our conversation.  Before doing this, I did encourage her to rely on her faith tradition.  There are others in my life who I have drawn a line with because I found it was not emotionally healthy for me to always be their sounding board.  Again, in each case, I gave positive feedback, but ultimately, it’s up to the person to decide whether they want to heed advice and make changes in their life.  I think we too can make choices about much we allow people like this to deplete us lest we find ourselves in a very unhealthy place.   

        • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

          Oh, believe me… I wasn’t critiquing your comment at all and didn’t think you were implying that at all… I was just kinda adding on to what you said a little. I like your way of giving positive feedback first ad setting boundaries… very good! And the ipod trick i will have to use! ha!

      • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

        That’s a great way to put it, otherwise we may just be avoiding everyone during our day and spend most of our energy avoiding people.

        • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill


  • Macabee

    Good advice, but most persons are happy being unhappy, don’t you think?
    All the best, Macabee

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I wouldn’t say most, but I agree some people get comfortable in their unhappiness. Whether it’s a victim mentality or a need for attention, unhappiness becomes almost “safe,” requiring no challenge or risk of failure. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Many are, to be sure. But I’m on a mission to help people see that they have a choice. Thanks.

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

    I must say Michael that getting rest is where I fall down. I don’t give myself enough time to rest.  With a full-time Job and as an Entrepreneur time management is crucial. I need to do a better job of automation so that I can give my body more rest. For the past few years I have not been getting enough rest and I think it does affect me. Thanks so much for this podcast.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I used to feel like I was “losing” time by going to bed a little early. Now I’m realizing that more sleep equates to higher productivity the next day. Sometimes it seems I’m getting as much as 50% more accomplished as a result of good sleep the night before. I wonder if this would be the case with you, too?

      • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

         I’m definitely going to start Michele. I definitely feel that way now, that I’m “losing” time. Very interesting fact, I guess this is turning over a new leaf. Thanks

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Rest and exercise are where I fall down, too. Well—I don’t actually fall down while doing them but—you know what I mean. The mindset that Michael talks about that we don’t have the time—when in reality we don’t have the time NOT to do those things!

  • Ricky

    The Glycemic Index link above does not work.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Thanks for catching that, Ricky. We’ll get it fixed.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It is fixed now. Thanks.

  • Dan McKay

    Great podcast!  A couple months ago you tweeted that you gave up coffee.  I was wondering how that was going and if you have had more energy without it.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      I was wondering the same! I am giving up coffee for the next 40 days.  I talk about it on my blog after my Jeremy Lin chatter.


    • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

      I went off it for a week. Doesn’t seem like it has affected me at all. I’m very lucky to be one of those guys that doesn’t really “need” coffee but just enjoys it. With or without it, it works either way for me.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I gave it up for about two months. I am now back to drinking two cups a day, but am about to give it up again. Honestly, I feel more energetic without it.

      • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

        Again for good? or again for a period of time?

  • http://robsorbo.com/ Rob Sorbo

    Great post. My energy levels have been great recently, which is rare for me. I really want to build up my exercise regime, so that would be my main application point from today.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Building a great exercise regime will do wonders for you Rob. Have you begun to picture what your perfect exercise routine would look like?

      • http://robsorbo.com/ Rob Sorbo

        That’s where part of my struggle comes in. I’m a former high school and college jock, so I’m used to intense workout regimens. The problem is that I’m too out of shape to jump back into my old workouts, but too ignorant of non-jock workouts to know where to start. I usually will end up walking on the treadmill and doing some light weight lifting, hoping to do at least 45 min to an hour each time.

        • Rachel Lance

          I hear you, Rob. I’ve had to do a fair amount of recalibration of my expectations in the area of fitness since the birth of my daughter a year ago. I went  from riding centuries to recovering from bed rest and a c-section, and now my time and energy stores are in negative numbers. I figured I could continue doing nothing and sinking deeper or I could be glad for every opportunity I could seize to do something healthy. Sometimes it’s amazing to me that I don’t have to ride for hours to feel a surge from a bit of physical activity. 

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    Another great podcast. I need to get more sleep! Waking up everyday at 2 am just throws me off sometimes. Thanks for the great tips.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       I can only imagine what that does to you Kimanzi. I have to give mad props to third and early first shifters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheJohnLaffoon John Laffoon

    Thanks Michael for answering my question!  I couldn’t believe it!  Another great podcast!  Can’t wait for the next one!

  • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

    One thing I would add: Food allergies and sensitivities can sometimes make you more tired and sluggish. Often, this fatigue may be the only symptom – so you could go through life with allergies or sensitivities and never realize that your energy level is significantly lower than it could be. Eggs, dairy, and gluten are some of the bigger culprits.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Great point, Loren!  People wanting to discover if food is the problem can do a simple “rotation diet” by rotating those items out of their food intake and seeing how they feel.  Some other culprits include sugar and caffeine.

  • http://www.freezerfantastic.com/ Freezer Girl

    Please allow the podcast to be subscribed to on Google Listen so I can listen on my Android phone in my car.  I love what you have to say! 

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Good news Freezer Girl! You can subscribe to the podcast on Google Listen. Point Google Listen to http://feeds.feedburner.com/TIYL

  • http://levittmike.wordpress.com levittmike

    Balancing life is a lot like having an egg stand up straight:  without some help and guidance, it’s nearly impossible.

    Rest, exercise, proper dietary choices and stress management have made a gigantic impact on how I live my life.  I’m nowhere near where I want to be health wise, but I’m getting there.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I like your analogy Mike. Balance is so hard to obtain.

      What steps are you taking to become more healthy?

      • http://levittmike.wordpress.com levittmike

        I am walking more, eliminated soft drinks from my diet, reading more and taking each day as a gift

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

           Good steps Mike. You’ll be amazed what eliminating soft drinks will do for you. Just keep doing the small things and they’ll rack up big results.

  • Larry Galley brdgbldr72

    Michael – I’ve now listened to your podcast twice and have taken new ideas from each hearing.  Having said that, there is a point about half way through the session where you mention the essential nature of reading to feed the brain and give it energy.  That got me to thinking about the need to ruthlessly prioritize my activities—I only get one chance to spend each minute of my life.  When I fill my day with more stuff than I can physically get done, regardless of my energy level, I feel deflated and many cases defeated—all because of my failure to responsibly prioritize. Isn’t it true that if we value the need to live a higher energy life we MUST appropriately prioritize our activities?

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Larry, that’s true without a doubt!  In fact, it sounds like a good blog post.  Hasn’t Michael suggested that you blog your ideas before?  :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Absolutely. It all comes back to living with intention. Thanks.

  • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

    In one of your recent blog posts you talked about smiling and how that can almost instantly change your attitute which in turn would boost your energy level. That will help. And definitely exercising is key also.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, indeed. I could have added another ten items to the list, but I wanted to keep it to around 30 minutes. ;-)

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      I think that was the 24 life hacks post for getting out a funk? Michael has mentioned smiling in quite a few posts to be honest!


  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    Today was a bit rough as far as energy.

    I went to bed far later than normal the night before, ate bad food, and was fairly inactive. The day has drug on and my body aches.

    I’m hoping to correct this shortly by hopping on our elliptical and exercising. It always seems to help.

  • http://robsorbo.com/ Rob Sorbo

    I’d prefer to work towards something, so I think I’d like to find a 5k plan or something like that.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Rob, you may like the Couch to 5K program ( http://c25k.com/ ). It works you up to a 5K by mixing walking and running together. If it’s too easy, they have a program Couch to 25K.

      • http://robsorbo.com/ Rob Sorbo

        I tried the C25K program a few years ago. The trouble I had is that it was too easy in the beginning, but progressed faster than I could keep up with. It did work well for me until week 8 or 9. I liked it well enough that I would reuse it, but I would need to modify it as I got closer to my limits.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

           I can see that, especially with your previous workout history. Maybe strive for something bigger? Train for a marathon or half-marathon? There are sites that have plans for that type of activity as well. Here’s one that I found – http://www.yourmarathontrainingplan.com/free-marathon-training-plan/couch-marathon/

          • http://robsorbo.com/ Rob Sorbo

            I’ll check it out. Thanks.

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  • Frankiep112

    First these are topics I think about frequently, work is all good but I need to start leaving at 3:00 everyday and hit the gym to keep this body Jesus created for me healthy and so I can be refreshed for each new day.
    Thanks Michael

  • http://www.StevePierceJohnson.com/ Steve Johnson

    Michael, thanks for giving back through your writing and speaking. As someone who pastored a Southern Baptist church for over a dozen years, I know the toll associated with having to repeatedly spend time with “energy vampires”. 

    Leaving the pastorate in order to pursue my dream of becoming a freelance writer (along with a recent family-wide commitment to the South Beach Diet and building relationships at a healthy church) has enabled me to tap into energy I had assumed was no longer available. Now I just need to implement your tips on: sleep, exercise, and water consumption. I’ll probably replay this podcast episode until it takes root in my life. Thanks for all the reminders and advice!

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Thanks for the message today Mike! A much needed tonic for me at this moment. 

    Right now, I am concentrating on the activity of “exercising daily”.  I am seeing many elderly people in my team currently suffer many physical discomforts like diabetes, back pain, obesity, etc. All od them ignore the importance of exercise in their lives. Hence, I am aiming improving the consistency of exercising daily in my life.

  • http://twitter.com/BradBlackman Brad Blackman

    This was great, as was the first episode. You have a good “radio voice.” I hope you and your family are doing well!

  • Chad Jackson

    Great podcast.  Listened to it before  work.  I would say all are important but the most important one is #10.  I also thought you would like this article in the NY Times today:

    How Exercise Fuels the Brain


  • Craig Morton

    Hi Michael.  I really enjoyed this podcast.  I wanted to ask if you produced it yourself or simply with a Mac and garage band?  It was well done but also had a real comfort feeling to it.  I often prefer to read when it comes to lists and new skills, but choose to listen instead.  I just found your site and enjoy the personal non-corporate feel that it has.  I look forward to reading (listening to episode #2?)more in the future.  Thanks

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Craig. Yes, I produced it myself. I used a Heil PR-40 microphone. I recorded it into a Roland R-05 Digital Recorder. Then I copied that to my Mac and edited it in Adobe Audition. Thanks.

  • http://ignitechange.net Craig Morton

    Hi Michael.  I really enjoyed this podcast.  I wanted to ask if you produced it yourself or simply with a Mac and garage band?  It was well done but also had a real comfort feeling to it.  I often prefer to read when it comes to lists and new skills, but choose to listen instead.  I just found your site and enjoy the personal non-corporate feel that it has.  I look forward to reading (listening to episode #2?)more in the future.  Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/eccle0412 Jackie Anderson

    Listened during a 48 minute 5 mile run on dreadmil.  Agree and practicing all. Simply living.  I feel like we live in cycles. Training and race day, Lent and Easter, Winter and Spring.  Consistency and flexibility are key in my heart, mind and body.  As a recently unemployed mom I let go of the boulder and feel so liberated and blessed to enjoy my family.  The cycle of “what is next” as I “Circle Make” is exhilarating and challenging. So I beefed up training and with great fear am going to run a marathon. Work while wait. 
    All reved up 80 degrees in Nor Cal. Not much to do but give thanks. And read your ebook.

  • maryhenderson.org

    Eat a good salad for lunch instead of something with lots of carbs. When I do this, I don’t get that mid-afternoon sluggishness.

  • http://www.tklaw.com/ Laura McClellan

    I’m sure you’ve already heard this a million times (I haven’t yet had a chance to read through the 141 — as of this moment — comments that precede mine), but I just came in from listening to this podcast during my morning run and had to immediately write to say this is probably the most useful 30 minutes I’ve spent in . . . I don’t know how long. Honestly, it was stuff I already knew, but some of it I needed to be reminded of again. You presented it in such an intelligent and articulate way. What a fabulous resource, Michael. Well organized and well said. I really appreciate your taking the time to put this together. I have a three-hour drive ahead of me today and I plan to listen to it a couple more times to get it drummed into my head. I also intend to tell all my Facebook friends and Twitter followers to listen to it.

    Thank you. Really, really good!


    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Laura. I am so glad it was helpful. You made my day!

  • http://irenephilips.com/ Irene Philips

    Thanks Michael for this new podcast series – so much valuable information that you share so freely.  I have been working on my energy ever since I read about it in “How Remarkable Women Lead.”  Now I do creative work on my train ride to work and read leisurely on my ride home.  I use exercise and music to pump me up when my energy is low. Love managing my energy vs. allowing it to manage me!

  • Tony Cook

    Hello Michael, 
    Thanks for the podcast. Since Apple broke the Music/Audio app with IOS 5, I have been doing all my podcast listening on Stitcher Smart Radio.(Properly handles subscribing. Gives me back the 30second rewind. Very handy etc)
    Any chance you could make your podcast available there too?


    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I will check it out. Thanks for the tip.

  • Tinaleeluvsmusic

    I am actually already working on each of the 10 things you’ve mentioned, by the leading of the Holy Spirit. This podcast has motivated me & encouraged me to keep going deeper into the life Jesus is helping me create for myself. Thanks! May Jesus bless you & yours as you continue to seek Him & the life He wants you to create through Him!(:

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  • http://mikeskiff.com Mike Skiff

    Good stuff Mike. Although I don’t necessarily agree completely with the nutritional recommendations, I think you are right on with the other nine that you listed. I found that simply making a mental acknowledgment of where you are in relation to where you want to be is a critical step in changing your reality. In terms of nutrition, I believe the science behind a Paleolithic approach is certainly more sound than the standard American diet (SAD). I enjoyed listening and look forward to the next episode!

  • http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/ Michael Mulligan

    I wanted to leave a comment about episode #3, however, the link directs me back to #2.  I will come back once the comment section is linked to the newest episode.  Thanks for another great podcast.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Sorry about that, Michael. It is fixed now. Thanks.

      • http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/ Michael Mulligan

         Still getting re-directed to episode #2 conversation.  I must be missing the correct link to episode #3 comments.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          If you are clicking the link in an email, that won’t change. I changed the link in the post itself but that won’t affect the emails that already went out. If you are still getting it on the post on my blog, you may need to clear the local cache on your browser. Thanks.

  • Jim Danielson


    Really enjoyed the post today and I am an avid reader (every day) and fan of your blog.  I have been involved for the past several months in a pretty intense bible study that has challenged me during my daily devotional time.  My question is,  How do you apply your reading time, prayer time, etc… into your everyday life and actually gain some traction from it.  I seem to get some great insights from my time in the morning, only to be a bit confused as to what to do with it, how to apply it and mostly how to keep it in front of me.  Would love to hear (or read) of your plan or thoughts on this.

    Jim D

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Honestly, I don’t put that much pressure on my self. I simply enjoy the relationship with God and bask in His presence. If I have something to apply or change, I am receptive to that. But I don’t force it. Hope that helps.

  • Bmwbear129

    As I am preparing to publish my first book, I feel as though I am refocusing on my vision.  I have wanted to be a published writer since I wrote my first poem in kindergarten.  I sort of lost my focus when I advanced at my job, got married and had kids.  Now that my children are grown and my job is manageable without me focusing on it 110% of the time, I have been able to get back to what I love: WRITING!

  • Bmwbear129

    First of all better eating, secondly, watching what I say about how I feel!  Great words of advice here:)

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Watching what I say about what I feel is one of my primary focuses right now, as well.

  • http://www.4pointscoaching.com/category/podcast/real-good-health/ Pei Kang

    So true! We are integrated beings. I especially love the fact you promote drinking more water. It is a big industry these days to produce and promote “energy drinks”. These beverages give a “instant boost”, but they are filled with processed, unnatural ingredients. Besides, they leave us drained later on. Thank you for sharing this.

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  • http://www.RichContent.com Mark Alan Effinger

    Exceptional insights, Michael.
    I’d love to know more about your journey (via podcast). 
    Your insight on languaging is impeccable. Such a huge change happens with a single word or phrase. Ever since I first discovered this approach, I have , by default, lead with the phrase “what’s exciting?” in greeting people. It sounds corny – but it forces thought, maybe a nanosecond of introspection. And I find it’s kinda’ hard to respond negatively.

    Diet, exercise, nutrition, sleep: uber critical. I had a close friend take her own life because of a lack of clarity (and the resulting lack of purpose) from the simple addition of painkillers to her otherwise healthy diet and lifestyle. A huge wakeup call to me and my family. It even became the catalyst for my own development into custom nutrition for optimizing the body and brain (www.WebNutrients.com). I’m almost complete with a Sleeping Powder that increases REM sleep by 70%. In real-life terms, that’s almost a full night of additional deep, body-healing sleep than normal.

    Finally: Weights (which I don’t remember you mentioning) are incredibly valuable for accelerating health. Improving bone density as we age. And quickly improving physiology. And as a runner, I’m with you on barefooting it. I tried the Vibram, but over time, ended up with the Saucony Hattori. It looks and feels more like a traditional shoe, but with all the benefits of a no-rise barefoot shoe. And I feel like my toes are a bit safer. Just in case.

    Thanks for the great listen. Tony Schwartz would be proud.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Mark. Great insights. I am going to check out your Sleeping Powder.

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  • G Stuart-Vail

    I didn’t really buy the idea that “the issue is not a lack of time but a lack of energy”…

    But a few short days after listening to your podcast I found myself admitting that, although I pride myself in having a positive attitude, I actually worry quite a bit, think like a victim, and at times find myself verbalizing the negative.

    By verbalizing the negative I mean I’ll end an internal grumbling dialog about the messes others leave around me with a confirming vocal statement that “everything is a mess”, or “it’s all their fault.” Perhaps this not only expresses my feelings (to the walls or the air around me) but also reaffirms my negative view. Affirmations in reverse. With what we know about the power of words I think it should be taught in grade school to “Turn it over”. Hmm, maybe I’ll just teach it at home instead.

    Anyway, maybe I’ll come to agree that mine is an issue of lack of energy rather than lack of time. Only one way to find out. Well, ten ways – as it reads.

    OK – but how to keep this plan at the forefront, and make it a plan?
    My “see it everyday bulletin board” is already blindingly full!
    I mean, WWDAD? What would David Allen do?

  • http://christopherbattles.net/ Christopher Battles

    Thank you Michael.  This is causing me to look at my current energy level and where I can increase.

    K, bye

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  • http://blog.gfader.com/ Peter Gfader

    >>Take a good multi-vitamin.
    I am a little bit skeptic about that suggestion.
    Did you ever try to *not* take any vitamins and see the difference??

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  • Gabe Ripley

    Spirituality goes so far beyond the bible that the pitch for the bible and Christianity takes away from Michael’s credibility.

    I understand that a large part of the “leadership industry” is catering to and comes from religious leaders, but those talking points alienate the non-christian community. 

    I’ll listen to some more, but wonder if anyone know of any secular/religiously objective leadership/business podcasts?

  • Johannes_Wingerlang

    Wow started SO good, and then I got to the last one. Such bullshit. 

  • alice yi

    Michael, it’s amazing how the things you pointed out are things I’ve been meaning to do, but pushing off.  I am motivated to get started!

    Have you read “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon? It’s a great book that talks about how you can take charge of your life. He has 10 rules, one of which is “NO ENERGY VAMPIRES ALLOWED.” Made me think of it when you mentioned your energy vampires.

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  • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

    Very practical and doable insights to boost your energy! All are keys to “living it forward” in the most important roles of our lives. Thank you, Michael!

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