10 Practical Ways to Boost Your Energy Level

I am a high-energy person. But I haven’t always been that way. There have been times in my life when I was utterly exhausted. Times when getting through the day was a big chore. Times when I had nothing left to give by the end of the day. Times when I just wanted to collapse into bed and pull the covers over my head.

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But in recent years, I am been very deliberate about managing my energy level. I did a lot of reading on this and took the time to educate myself. I experimented. I tried some new things. I broke some old habits. Now, my energy level remains pretty constant through the day.

Here’s how I keep my energy level high:

  1. Connect with God. This is where I start each day. You were not created to function without a connection to God. He is the ultimate energy source. Trying to navigate life without Him is like trying to ride a motorcycle without starting the engine. You can do it, but it only works downhill. Unfortunately, a lot of life is uphill.

    The way I connect is by reading several passages from the Bible and then praying. I am also mindful of His presence throughout the day.

  2. Keep a positive attitude. This is crucial. “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Negative thoughts deplete your energy. Positive thoughts replenish your energize.

    Attitude is not something that just happens; you choose it. Even in difficult circumstances, you can choose to have a good attitude. And, it whether good or bad, it will have a direct impact on your energy.

  3. Watch your mouth. Obviously, your thoughts influence your words and actions. But sometimes, it feels like my mouth has a mind of its own. It just runs out of habit.

    Someone says, “Hey, how ya doin’?” Without thinking, we say, “Well, I’m surviving.” Or we might say, “Hangin’ in there.”

    Guess what? That becomes our exact experience. We say it, and it shapes the way we perceive reality. That’s why, by faith, I always say, “I’m doing great.” (If you don’t believe this, then you need to practice this gratitude exercise!)

  4. Feed your brain. You’ve heard the old saying, “Garbage in, garbage out.” This applies to the world of computers, but it also applies to your brain. I stimulate my brain by constantly feeding it new and stimulating content.

    Some people complain that they don’t have time to read. Hogwash. You have 24 hours in your day—just like I do. What you really mean is that it’s not a priority.

    I have a friend who recently gave me this excuse. When I probed, I discovered he was spending two hours each evening watching TV. Nothing wrong with that, but don’t tell me you don’t have time to read. You can’t afford not to read, not if you want to grow and be energized.

  5. Exercise daily. I think this is one of the most important things you can do to “turn the tide” and start feeling more energetic. I know it’s counter-intuitive. You think, I don’t have enough energy to exercise or I’m tired now. If I exercise, I will be even more tired.

    Wrong. Regular exercise will boost your energy more than almost anything else you can do. It stimulates your heart and oxygenates your blood. This directly increases your energy level. Besides, if you exercise, you will lose weight. Those excess pounds also consume energy!

  6. Take a good multi-vitamin. Personally, I don’t think you need a handful of vitamins and supplements every day. But a good multi-vitamin is essential. If you eat a lot of processed food, this is especially important. Most of us just don’t get the nutrition we need from the food we eat.

    I take Vitamin Code Men’s Multivitamin. It covers the basics. It is a multi-vitamin and multi-mineral. I take two capsules twice a day.

  7. Drink a gallon of water a day. This is another great energy replenisher. You will especially notice the difference if you switch from soda drinks to water. It may take you a few days to notice the difference, but getting sugar out of your system and water into your system will definitely even-out your energy.

    I find that this also has a way of reducing my appetite. Sometime we think we’re hungry when we are really just thirsty. Drink 8 ounces of water an hour before a meal and notice how it curbs your hunger. More water will also increase your metabolism and keep flushing your body’s waste.

  8. Get plenty of rest. Most people I know don’t get enough rest. Everyone is different, but most adults need seven to eight hours a night. Most people I know are trying to get by on five or six hours.

    When you don’t get enough rest, all kinds of bad things happen. You get grumpy. You reduce your ability to handle stress. And, according to some research, you may gain weight.

    Perhaps most significantly, you negatively impact your body’s auto-immune system. When you get run-down, you increase the likelihood of getting sick—and that’s definitely a drain on your energy.

  9. Eat high-energy foods. The main thing to avoid here is the bad or fast-burning (high glycemic) carbohydrates. These are the ones that your body quickly turns to sugar. You get an initial boost from them as the sugar hits your blood, but you then hit a “trough” that is lower that your energy was before you ate them.

    Carbs in this category include white potatoes, white rice, and white flour (or white bread). Worst of all, the energy that isn’t burned gets stored as fat.

    Instead, eat slow-burning carbs like sweet potatoes, brown rice, wheat bread, etc. I also to eat more frequent, smaller meals. (I eat five or six small meals a day.) This keeps your metabolism up and your energy on an even keel.

  10. Avoid energy-depleting people. Let’s be honest. Some relationships are toxic. You know the type. Some people are so negative they are a giant energy drain. Others are so positive, you get energized just being around them.

    Obviously, you want to surround yourself with enough positive people so you can keep your energy level up. And, you want to have this same kind of effect on others. Sometimes, you just have to tell people the truth. Not only for your sake, but for theirs.

Your energy level doesn’t have to remain low. You have more control than you think. But you have to be deliberate in managing it.

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  • http://www.activechristianmedia.com Stacy L. Harp

    Hi Mike,

    I do most of the things you’ve listed but I also really enjoy laughing and being with people I can just be silly with. Having a sense of humor is totally energizing and when you go out of your way to bless someone or surprise someone with a special blessing it truly energizes you.

    I also love to share Christ with people because that is always energizing. It’s one thing to know about Him yourself, but it’s more exciting to share Him with others. This is one reason I work with The Gideon’s International as an Auxillary member (my husband is a Gideon) we do scripture placements – in fact, just yesterday I did – and it’s always fun. So share Jesus and the plan of salvation and you’ll be energized every time.

  • Chris

    How does point #8 jive with the first four words of Dean Karnazes Ultramarathon Man: “Sleep is for wimps” (p. 3)? Apparently everyone does not require that much sleep. Can anyone doubt Dean’s energy level?

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

    Chris,

    Let’s face it: Dean is superhuman. Sleep is probably more important for us mere mortals. At least it is for this one!

    Thanks,

    Mike

  • Fran Lankford

    This is like a breath of fresh air! A good reminder for all of us. “The Secret” has nothing on you, you have uncovered it.

    Blessings,
    Fran

  • dsd

    Well exercise,diet,feed your brain and energy depleting people should be at the top of the list as not everyone my feel the same way as you and your religious beliefs. I am an agnostic someone else may be abuddhist or even atheist. So assuming god is number one i can't do it, i will remain energyless.

  • HHH

    Thanks. It is a good post.

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  • Richard michael

    god has nuthin to do with energy it is a mental conception of making you feel energized.
    Thank u

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/rotemcohen Rotem Cohen

    Great tips on increasing energy level. I personally drink at least 2 cups of water first thing in the morning – a habit I highly recommend to anyone!

    BTW – I can't see the photo in the post (titled "energy jump") . Just me?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for pointing out the photo problem. I wrote the post on my previous blog, and I needed to change the formatting. You should be able to see it now. Thanks.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/lancecashion lancecashion

    11. Take the 10-15 minutes to 'unplug'. Every afternoon at 3:30pm (while at work), I unplug from everything. I shut down my computer monitors, turn my cell phone off, put my office phone on 'do not disturb' and close my office door. During this time; I pray and/or read a short passage from the Bible, reflect and close my eyes and go through a breathing practice of counting my breaths. (Google Search: dr weil breathing exercises). I set my watch for 15 minutes… I admit, I've gotten 'pretty relaxed', so the alarm is essential to stopping an unforeseen 'nap' ;)

    When my alarm goes off, I'm relaxed and ready to finish the race! My mind is focused, I've rededicated myself to serving God and I feel refreshed.

    10-15 minutes to unplug is a life saver. Does anyone else do something like this? No effort is required, besides a little will-power.

    Great post Michael

    ps. Stress? Balance on one leg for 30 seconds. Sure, you might look a bit silly… Funny thing about balancing, it engages and overpowers the part of your brain that is causing you to feel stress. Your fear of falling over is greater than that of the stress.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/asounddesign asounddesign

    Thanks. It's very refreshing to see health advice that doesn't leave Jesus out of it! So much health advice is from a New Age perspective. Jesus cares about us body, soul and spirit, not just our spirits. Thanks very much for this. I have found the whole 'Low GI' perspective very helpful coupled with some regular exercise.

  • Geore

    What do you mean about the way to connect with God? Do you think religious or spiritual people who have no Bible can connect? I surely hope so, and I would rather you edited and called it 'a way', or your way, because I wouldn't want to do it, all God's knowledge is inside me, I don't need to read.

  • Addie

    These are all very good energy-boosting techniques. The only one I really have an issue with is drinking a gallon of water a day. Don't get me wrong, water is great for you but a gallon is quite a bit for small people like me. All-natural bottled (or tap if it's clean and drinkable!) is the best thing a person can drink to feel fresh and focused. I like to substitute it occasionally for natural drinks with electrolytes for an extra boost that is healthy and doesnt cause me to crash later.

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  • http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com Jon Stolpe

    Sleep.   Connection with God.  Exercise.  I start with these 3 items, and I go from there.  (Actually, I follow most of your items as well.)

    • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

      I am with you Jon on the first two!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      Those three right there make a huge difference!

  • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com/ Patricia Zell

    Great list, Michael–things I try to follow (except for the multi-vitamin because I make it a point to eat nutritious food including lots of fruits and vegetables). Now, if I can just get my students to understand the value of reading, oh my…

    • Patricia W Hunter

      Patricia, I’ve discovered that I can often inspire others to read simply by being enthusiastic about a book and sharing insights I’ve gleaned from reading. 

      • Jim Martin

        Patricia, I like this!  It is probably far more effective to simply express what you feel about a book and the insights gained than in trying to get an unwilling person to read.  As you noted, you are more likely to inspire someone to read by doing this.

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

        I watched a movie about a talking pig that won the national sheepdog championship because so many friends talked about the movie. Word of mouth, excitement in the telling, does a good job of motivating. Patricia W, I agree with your counsel. It’s solid.

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

      I eat nutritious foods but also take vitamins, because so many things are processed these days, even in our fruits and vegetables, a little extra always helps. 

      • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

        Sundi, Completely agree.  It is amazing how much is processed!  

      • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

        True! Now I have to remember to take them.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      It has taken me far to long to realize the value in reading! I wish I had discovered it sooner. 

  • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

    My favorite quote in the whole post…”Hogwash.”

    People that use the “I don’t have time to read” just don’t get it.  We all have time to read.  

    Of course, exercising is different.  I just don’t have time right now for that.  Maybe one day!

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      I am with you, Chris. Reading is one of the most important things I do. It energizes my soul.

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        I vote for reading!

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

        Mine too. If I don’t read before I go to bed I don’t feel as accomplished the next day. 

        I love to soak up books. Have a goal of reading 25 in 2012

        • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

          I started reading regularly last March. It has been amazing. I have actually found that if I do not read at least a little bit before going to bed now I toss and turn before sleeping. So now I HAVE to read! 

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

            me too!

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

            Establishing a routine before bed triggers your brain to move into sleep mode. Reading is my trigger, which means it usually doesn’t take more than a page or two before I’m out! I don’t get a ton of reading done at night, BUT I sleep like a baby. :)

        • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

          That is a great goal! I am counting pages and my goal is 12,000 in 2012. Probably why exercising is falling off the list (so far!).

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

            I just got an iPad. It’s been a great tool in exercising. I prop it up on the elliptical and read. 

            I still have to have the pages in my hands with most books though, so a lot of the books I’ve been downloading have to do with marketing or are free, like “Little Women.”

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Hogwash. ;-) (Don’t you just love saying that!

      • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

        As a Gen Y child, I feel like there has been a major disconnect for me in regards to the term ‘hogwash’ :P

      • http://www.FaithfulChoices.com/ Paula

        Yes, that and dagnabit.  

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

          Hahaha. Dagnabit is an fabulous word. I actually just said it out loud. A couple times.

    • Rob Sorbo

      Hogwash…makes me think of my grandpa. He loved saying that! Yesterday would’ve been his 86th birthday.

      • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

        Rob, I have the same memory. 

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Chris, I am learning this discipline.  I am experimenting with different means of reading as I have a difficult time focusing over a long period of times.  Audio books have been huge for me. 

    • http://www.FaithfulChoices.com/ Paula

      Chris, you make me smile.  But I have to wonder if no time for exercise is also hogwash.  We do what we value, that’s the simple truth.

      • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

        Paula, I must confess to sarcasm, though I have a goal of drastically reducing that this year. If I can find time to read, I should be able to find time to exercise. As you said, we do what we value! I am working on that.

  • http://twitter.com/peterwalters64 Peter Walters

    I think sometimes we forget our biggest resource is ourselves.  God created us “fearfully and wonderfully” and it really is a sin to not take care of ourselves.  Items 3, 4 and 10 are often ones we do not consider but are very important.  I am going through my contacts right after this:)  Thanks for the list.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Peter, I totally agree!  I have wondered for years, why Christ-followers do not honor God with their body by eating well, resting and exercising.  We should be the models for the world to follow.  

      • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

        Right on, Tim!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I completely agree with this! I am a Student Minister and I want to be an example in all areas of my life. I do not want to grow up and look like a “typical preacher.” My body is a gift and like all gifts that God gives us, we should be good stewards. I have lost a few pounds just by watching what I eat, my next plan of action is to start some exercise. 

  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    Listening to worship music is something that helps me a lot. I remember an incident when I had severe headache and I felt like vomiting. But I decided to watch a Gaither Home Coming video. I opened my Netbook and started watching it. I was so engrossed in it that after one hour, I realized that the headache was gone and so did the vomiting sensation! 

    • Patricia W Hunter

      You are so right, Joe. Music can be very energizing.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I agree. Music is a powerful energy booster!

    • Cpickerel

      Absolutely Joe,  I totally agree!

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Wow Joe.  That is interesting.  I remember watching Gaither Videos!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      My wife loves to watch Gaither videos. I have noticed the power of music at different points in my life as well!

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    I have no energy to comment today.

  • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

    On reading, you’re absolutely right that it has to be forced into your schedule. It won’t come to you. 

    On #10, energy draining people, I’ve heard of a concept called a “psychic vampire”. My wife and I used to know some people that for whatever reason, literally drained us. I don’t remember them being overly negative, but during the time we knew them, we were always exhausted. We didn’t have time or energy to do anything. Once we stopped hanging around them, our energy came back. It was very weird.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’ve heard them called “energy vampires,” because they suck the energy out of you. I, too, have known some people like that!

      • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

        I learned the phrase “energy vampires” from the book The Energy Bus.  Good book to support point #10. 

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I have known many people like this. I am often a people pleaser so I always stick around too long, even though they drain me like crazy. Currently I do not hang around anyone that does this to me!

    • http://www.jennajeske.com Jenna Jeske

      I too have heard of the term “psychic vampire” – I watched a news story online about these types of people just the other day.  My husband and I have known people like that, and after hanging out with them, have felt utterly exhausted and frustrated.  I would rather be surrounded by positive people.

  • http://www.kingsdaughters21.co.uk/ Angela De Souza

    Yes I agree with them all!  It”s a discipline worth getting into because a life without energy is no life at all.  Great post, thanks :)

  • Patricia W Hunter

    Like this, Michael. A lot. Thank you. I’ve noticed that fresh air and sunshine will also boost my energy. The sunshine factor can be difficult for many this time of year, but most of us can bundle up and get outside for a little fresh air every day.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I agree. That helps me, too. Also, I use a blue light in the winter, which helps a lot. I wrote about it here:

      • http://www.jennajeske.com Jenna Jeske

        I started using a mood lamp this winter and have noticed a huge difference, especially since I live in the prairies of Canada, where winters are long and dark.

        • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

          A mood lamp? Care to share the link to one you purchased? 

          • http://www.jennajeske.com Jenna Jeske

            http://www.verilux.com/light-therapy-lamps/happylight-6000

            This is the one I purchased (it’s the website of the actual manufacturer. I was able to find it for less online through Costco in Canada. I checked for you, and Costco.com in the U.S. has it too – type Verilux into the search bar and you will find it – the link was too long to post here.) It works wonders. I sit in front of it while doing my devotions in the morning.

    • Jim Martin

      Patricia, good point regarding fresh air and sunshine.  I spend much of my time in my office in one of two buildings on our campus.  When I need to go to the other building, I will typically walk outside for this very reason.

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

      So true, Patricia. I make it a point to exercise outside year round, unless it’s below 15 degrees or icy. Working out at the gym doesn’t energize me like running 45 minutes on the trails.

      • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

        Michele.  Totally agree.  Down goes the treadmill.  

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      That is a great point!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Michael, your point about surrounding yourself with positive people is right on the money. I would add surrounding yourself with a positive environment is just as helpful.

    For example, if a person tunes in to Real Housewives of whatever, you are going to see negative people treating each other badly. For me that can be just as draining so I choose not to let that into my life.

    Surround yourself with people that you love and that love you and the rest will take care of itself.

    • Jim Martin

      mkmartin, you make a great point regarding the kind of environments in which we place ourselves.  As you noted, the television programs we watch can impact the way we feel.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great point. Thanks for suggesting that.

    • http://www.cheriblogs.info Cheri Gregory

      This makes sense. Years ago, my husband and I switched from watching several hours of “prime time” TV each evening to watching none. The changes in our overall moods and energy levels were remarkable. 

      Reading your comment makes me wonder if removal of all that late night fictional “drama” — full of conflict, angst, trauma, and human darkness (we were fans of ER, Law and Order, and CSI) — helped us sleep better and wake up in better spirits.

      • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

        Wow I really want to try this now!

    • Rob Sorbo

      My wife is going through a very challenging time in her life. She still doesn’t believe me, but I’m pretty sure none of it started until she started going through the seasons of Law and Order SVU on Netflix. 

      Now, she has dealt with very real issues, so I’m not saying her TV habits are what caused this slump, but I definitely think they brought her down some.

      • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

        Rob, interesting.  I know when I watch certain shows I leave the couch depressed!  Criminal Minds for one.  Liked the show but it brought down my positive energy levels.  No more.  

      • http://www.cheriblogs.info Cheri Gregory

        Rob –

        You bring up a relatively new issue. 

        It’s not unusual for people to supersaturate themselves with a particular show, watching episode after episode until they’ve watched a full season — or all available seasons — in a short time frame (a day or a few days).

        Coming out of this concentrated alternate reality is difficult for some. And such hyper-focus, at the expense of balance, can’t be healthy for anyone.

        • Rob Sorbo

          I agree. I am also guilty of watching seasons of a show in a fairly concentrated amount of time, but I’m more interested in lighthearted TV.

          There is one thing to consider for your point–watching a full season of a show (depending on the show) will bring someone quickly to the show’s conclusion, which often has a happy ending (or at least some kind of resolution). Watching a full season and getting engrossed in the show could make the good endings that much better.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I have noticed certain TV shows doing this to me as well. I cannot watch for very long because it just drains me. I never really thought about it before until I read your comment. Thanks!

  • http://www.authorcynthiaherron.com/ Cynthia Herron

    Love all of your suggestions today! Beginning with God is a must for a positive mindset.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Glad you enjoyed the post Cynthia.  

  • http://www.irunurun.com/blog/ Travis Dommert

    A lot of our clients struggle to figure out what actions they should take to get on their journey to greatness.  We always tell them “start with the fundamentals”…if you aren’t sleeping, working out, eating right, nurturing quality relationships, and growing your faith, anything else you do will be like building on quick sand.

    To sales people and leaders, I ask “Who would you rather buy from or follow?  You or the better-rested, fitter, happier, more connected, more servant-led, more confident version of you?”  

    Master the fundamentals…then work on the sales and leadership-ninja stuff.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great advice. This is always where I start when someone comes to be for coaching or counseling.

    • Rachel Lance

       “master the fundamentals” 

      I love it! Why don’t we refer to them as such more commonly? You may have just re-framed my entire approach to my 2012 decisions (resolutions). Thanks for the great comment. 

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

    A post on one of my favorite topics! We often underestimate the power of a healthy lifestyle. I especially appreciated the emphasis on how we think and speak — I don’t think I’ve consciously thought about how my attitude and words might be impacting my energy level. Excellent!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I know. It is easy to under-estimate this kind of thing. Thanks.

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

    Great list Michael! Connecting with God first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day. For me exercise is a must, followed by a relatively low carb diet, but what really energizes me is to have an exciting project or goal to work on. I love learning new things and inventing new products, pictures, or prose. I have an absolute dread of tedious, time consuming “urgent” activities, that suck the life out of a day. 

    The best way I’ve found to do this is to get out of Munchkinland (where everyone has little ideas) and head down the yellow brick road. It can be a scary journey, but you just need some traveling companions (Mentors) to help ward off the flying monkeys.  Watch out for that poppy field of procrastination. The secret is to keep going until you see the glow of the emerald city.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      John.  I could not agree more.  I too like connecting with God and exercising in the morning and maintaining a low carb diet, but having a reason to be excited about going to the office is huge.  

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

        It’s funny, but if you don’t have something positive to look forward to, the other energy items may get neglected because of apathy. It’s real easy to get in a funk and let things slip.

        • http://popparables.com Keri

          Really appreciate that comment, John. Wow, I really need to think about this and how it manifests in my own life and how I can change it or change my attitude.

  • Kari Scare

    I pretty much do all of what you listed, and it definitely works. In addition, I make a point to learn about that which I need to grow in a certain area and/or move through a struggle. In other words, I’m constantly researching to find ways to overcome or improve. For example, I have some health challenges, and I refuse to rely solely on the health professionals for what to do. I research to find other suggestions, pray about the information I have, and then work to figure out what’s going to be of benefit. Great post! I’ll be using this as a resource for a Bible study I’m writing as well as when teaching the adult class at mu church this month.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Good to hear you refusing your health challenges to slow you down!

  • http://twitter.com/kathrynmbj Kathryn B Johnson

    I agree
    with each one of these tips.  I have
    known most of them, but putting them into practice is always, and I do repeat,
    always difficult for me.  I never miss one,
    two, three, and four, but others are usually hit or miss due to issues, which
    cannot be controlled, especially# 10 – it is hard to avoid family who fall into
    this category.  In this case, I use #1
    for every tip I cannot make happen in my day. 
    I am glad I discovered your blog. 
    I so much believe in making time with God each day, I am sure with consistent
    prayer and belief, all my missing numbers with come to fruition.  Thanks for another day of useful and excellent
    information.

  • Chris Einwechter

    I can’t imagine how much this post alone would change a life if we took it seriously. And I never thought how a negative attitude alone could rob you of energy. Just a few moments ago and before I read this post, I asked someone how they were doing, “I am hanging in there.” Wow I want to do more than just hang in there and I know this info will help. Thanks for a great post Michael.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      I think you are right, Chris. Little decisions resulting in small changes over time can have a huge impact.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I had never thought about how my words that just spill out of my mouth can affect me. I am going to be watching for that over the next few days.

  • Jenniffer Mollet

    I always have a major drop in energy around 2pm.  You could set a clock by it!  I recently started replacing my 2pm caffine pick me up with and 8oz glass off water….I was blown away!  I just needed rehydrated!  For me the boost in energy comes with in a short time and it is a much strong increase in energy!  Just try it…you will be amazed!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I have been drinking more water throughout my day and I have noticed a huge improvement!

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

      Great advice, Jennifer.

  • Anonymous

    Great list!  I seem to have energy when my mind knows what it’s going to do today.  Therefore, being organized and planning my day is essential for me.  You have referred to Evernote several times.  I use a daily/weekly planner, plan my day the night before and it seems like I have energy to tackle the day.
    The bottom line is that, for me, an organized day keeps my mind focused, productive and keep my energy level moving forward.

  • Janisaj

    Great list! Add in Getting your spine back in its alignment so there’s full brain body nerve flow to every cell, tissue, organ n muscle and you just described what I do to change the planet: I’m a Maximized Living doctor. And teach havin a body the way God designed it!

  • Stan Richey

    WOW! no wonder I’m exhausted! Only 2 out of 10 am I doing regularly and consistently! Thanks for these reminders.

  • Paula Grantleclaire

    This is a great post except for #7 – drinking a gallon of water every day is dangerous and is not healthy. 

    Michael – please clarify this because it could hurt someone.

    • Rachel Lance

      Hi Paula,
      I’m not sure dangerous is the right word for Michael’s recommendation on water. The Mayo Clinic and Institute of Medicine recommend a little over 2 liters for women and 3 for men. That’s not far from a gallon, really, and if your expenditure is higher due to exercise and other factors then your intake may even need to be higher than those recommendations. Of course, everyone’s needs are particular to their situation so a doctor’s advice is always best in these areas. 

      • Rob Sorbo

        So true. When I played sports in college, they encouraged us to drink 1 oz of water for every pound of our body weight (especially during the summer). However, since I’m a larger guy it would’ve taken over 2 gallons for me to reach that goal, so I never made it.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. Yes, let me clarify. The Mayo Clinic website recommends three liters (13 8-oz glasses) for men; 2.2 liters (8.5 8-oz glasses) for women. However, I have seen higher recommendations if you exercise. I just did one online calculator that says I should drink 140 ounces (1.1 gallons) per day for my weight and exercise level.
      Hyponatremia, a dangerous drop in sodium levels, is indeed possible if you drink too much water over too short a period of time. But the average person will never approach these levels unless they do something stupid like drink two gallons at once. (See this article for more information.)
      Thanks.

  • http://www.cheriblogs.info Cheri Gregory

    Your #1-3 come together for me and my students each January when we pull out purple bracelets and take the “Complaint Free” challenge. (http://www.acomplaintfreeworld.org/)  

    We all journal about what we’re learning about ourselves (last week, I came to the disturbing conclusion that I often use complaining as a substitute for thinking!) 

    And we share meaningful scripture that we’ve used to replace our habitual complaining, criticizing, gossiping, and/or sarcasm.

    #10 actually fits, too, as many of my students realize the impact of certain “friends.”

  • http://twitter.com/danehays Dane Hays

    Michael, how do you balance not surrounding yourself with “energy drainers” and your obligation as a Christian and a leader to counsel people to be “better?”  I have a hard time finding this balance in my life, because I am striving to be a Christian counselor.

    -Dane

    • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

      I am in the same boat as you Dane. This is very tricky territory to navigate.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think it’s all about who you hang out with as friends vs. who you are ministering to. There is a definite balance. I think it’s also a matter of calling.
      If I were a counselor, I would make sure I had a peer group of positive people. Hope that helps.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      In ministering to others we can schedule out times to talk with someone and meet with them. Sometimes things are urgent and they need help at this very moment but most of the time meetings can be scheduled. Then when hanging out with peers, make sure they are positive. That will help when running into draining people now and then.

  • http://www.ryanhanley.com/2012/01/02/how-my-experiment-in-seo-will-change-the-game-on-small-business-blogging/ Ryan Hanley

    Mike,

    In my opinion #10 should be #1… So much of how we feel about ourselves and the energy we live with is derived from the people that we associate with.

    Maybe it’s because I’m a huge extrovert or maybe just me specifically but negative, angry, lazy people really bring me down.  So I avoid…  Because I’m naturally I’m like you… high-energy.

    Great post!

    Ryan H.

  • http://twitter.com/burlw Burl Walker

    I love #3! It is amazing how just responding to “How you doing?” with something very positive can change your mood and the mood of the person you are talking with. “I am having a fantastic day! What about you?” seems to brighten up the day. Great thoughts Michael. Thanks for sharing them!

    • Rachel Lance

      I think #3 is the one I’m going to start with as well! Here’s to shaping our reality!

  • http://www.ruthiedean.com/ Ruthie Dean

    Love this post! Drinking water and daily exercise are essential to a productive day! Also, most bodies can only burn around 300 calories at a time, so 6 smaller meals ensures your body can burn the food you’re eating and not storing it as fat. 

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      300 calories at a time? I had no idea. Thanks for the fun fact, Ruthie!

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Great fact Ruthie.  Do you have the source or other thoughts on the topic?  Thanks!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      That is some great advice. Thanks!

  • Bern Tim

    Michael, I like your list, you are so right on with the 10 points.
    Connect with God , reading His Word and prayer is #1 , I would add also meditation, communing with God, connecting with the source of life intimately which are in a sense really part of prayer too.

    Another point is having a vision in our life, inspiration and joy, enthusiasm, without that spark and zest in life, life becomes dreary. “Without a vision the people perish” The opposite is true too with vision people become alive. Being alive, trying something new, changing something, doing something, helping someone will stir us up and give us energy, reviving us as we leave the ruts and the old. 

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Bern.  I agree if you have no clue where you are going, everyday could be tiresome and repetitive.  

  • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

    I do things that fit in with my lifestyle. I have started swimming for Summer (Australia). It is hard work but it is great. No impact and works out all the muscle groups. I try to sleep 8 hours a day which is tough but realising that lack of sleep really affects me has made me cherish 7-8 hours of sleep. I eat a lot in the morning and very little at night. Even if it is 11pm and I am starving, I try to not eat anything. You won’t be burning any calories because you won’t be exercising at that time of night.

    Those are a few of the things that I do to boost my energy level.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Daren … G’day mate! (I had to do it…Sorry!) Great suggestions. I’ve always heard it said that you should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen, and dinner like a pauper. In other words, eat the same way you’ve been doing it.

      Thanks for the suggestions!

  • http://twitter.com/BubbaSmith BubbaSmith

    I’ve been studying this subject a lot lately and couldn’t agree more! When I went from 6-6.5 hours of sleep a night to 7-8, my life changed! I had been following the other rules in this post, but still found myself exhausted by midday. I made the commitment that no matter what, I’ll get 7-8 hours of sleep. I no longer find myself tired at any point throughout the day, but fully energized! I love it! Thanks for this post!

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Bubba … Sleep is the body’s way of healing just about everything. Glad you made the switch!

  • http://www.livewithflair.blogspot.com/ Live with Flair

    Hello, All.  I’m currently obsessed with the energy benefits of course ground flaxseed.  It’s changed my daughters’ energy levels!  I can’t believe it.  I’m adding the flaxseed to our smoothies and sauces, and I CANNOT BELIEVE the difference.  Here’s my post about it:  http://livewithflair.blogspot.com/2012/01/hide-things-you-dont-like-inside-things.html

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Hi Heather … Thanks for the link about flaxseed. How do you see this benefiting the community?

      Thanks, as always, for reading!

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

      I’ve heard some good things about flax seed, too. I usually add some to smoothies, yogurt and homemade bread. Thanks for sharing the link!

  • Holger Kühn

    Great post again. Thank you a lot, Michael!
    For me, the thoughts are really important and I like the thought that attitude is not something that just happens! Need to work on that.

    One small thing: I tried to look up the verse of scripture, you quoted. But I couldn’t find it (Proverbs 23:7 says something completely different in my bible). Could you please specify again, where to find the verse? Thanks!

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Hi Holger … In regards to the Scripture verse, have you tried looking at different translations? Some interpreters parse this verse a bit differently. Here’s what Proverbs 23:7 says in the NKJV:

      “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he”

      It’s the right reference, your version may just put it a little differently. Thanks!

      • Holger Kühn

        Hi Justin, thank you for the hint with the translations. In fact, I tried to look up the verse in some German bible translations, the NIV and KJV, but it is really completely different there, as in the NKJV. Surprising!  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am using the NKJV Bible. It says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” This is indeed translated differently in other translations. Thanks.

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

    Avoiding energy depleting people is huge. It’s easier for someone to pull you into the pool than it is to pull someone out. I try to remember that when I’m around someone that’s trying to suck the life out of me. I have to surround myself by positive, uplifting people who fill my cup and whose cup I can also fill. 

    Thought you might want to change this in your post: “But in recent years, I am been very deliberate”

  • Vanessa Tachenko

    You’ve done it again; this is exactly what I needed to read this morning! That’s two mornings in a row! I also really appreciate the picture you choose for today’s post! Well done!

  • http://allthingsloss.com Kevin Mackesy

    Love the tips.  I do pretty well at the majority of these, except drinking enough water.  I’m TERRIBLE at that.  I’m surprised there wasn’t something about juicing on the list :)

  • AnneFCW

    Loved this article. What I gleaned from it is that we as humans are so full of excuses ; ) Life is all about choices. I practice being grateful daily and many times a day. Go God!! 

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

      Great way to summarize the post Anne!

  • Willmacphee

    Love this list and most have been part of my practice. I experience an increase in energy when I resolve relational conflicts and take action on future projects. The idea from Get Things Done – psychic energy is drained when we fail to decide the next action step for a task – encourages me to deal with stuff in order to get it out of my mind until I’m ready to actually take the next step. Thanks for your inspiring, practical wisdom.

  • Anonymous

    Michael 

    You mentioned that you did a lot of reading on the subject of energy levels.  Do you have recommendations?  

    Also, you provided me the name of a book that focused on Lent.  As part of my reading to slay one of the heads of the dragon, have a rewarding Lent and learn more about Christian fasting, would you please remind me of the title of that book.    I am going to be very intentional about Lent this year, something I have not really understood or appreciated. 

    Thank you

    Walt

  • Cpickerel

    All of the suggestions above are part of my plan, but I would also suggest finding humor in your life.  Find something that makes you smile/laugh.  I love my funny emails and face book posts from friends.  And I try to share as many of them as I can.  Everybody feels better after they laugh. 

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

      YES! I’m so glad you said this. Laughter is a huge energy booster. Good for the attitude, too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sue-Kemnitz/1395514240 Sue Kemnitz

    I love all your suggestions! Love connection with God, the earlier the better. I try to eat right. And love to walk outside. Winter is a challenge…

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

      I agree Sue. Winters are a challenge for physical activity. I’d suggest buying a pair of quality snowpants, boats, and jacket to enjoy the outdoors during this time of year. They’ll keep you warm and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent post, Michael. I agree with much of it, although it isn’t always easy to keep up. My energy level is very important, not only for my creativity, but for my life and happiness. When I feel bloated from eating poorly, or exhausted from a poor sleep, I am not happy. Conversely, when I eat well, exercise, and get to bed at a reasonable time, I wake up feeling great.

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

      Awesome picture Randall. Is that from your trip on the Camino De Santiago?

      • http://www.caminomyway.com/ Randall St. Germain

        Sorry I just saw this. Yes, that photo was taken just west of Santiago de Compostela, after I had a little rest. If I had taken the photo two days earlier, I think I would have looked even rougher. Energy and energy planning was very important as I walked across Spain.

  • Salim Taheri

    Thanks Micheal, that’s really helpful. Personally I have had many experiences how easily you can follow your day full of energy when you come with someone with great source of positive energy, that’s incredible and hard to explain but it really works. 

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I definitely notice a difference in myself depending on who I hang around

  • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

    Great post.  My Top 4 would be Connecting with God, Sleeping, Exercising and Eating.  But I really need to do a better job of Watching my Mouth.  

  • http://www.endgamebusiness.com/blog Steve Borek

    I’m a Flexitarian. A fancy word for a liberal vegetarian. I rarely eat meat and it’s made a difference in my energy level. I’ve eliminated most white foods from my diet. I especially like Ezikiel, the flourless sprouted grain bread. It’s all about having the energy to do what you want to do. Your diet has a big impact on how you show up as a Leader.

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

    I find exercising and eating right do it for me. If I’m eating junk or not being active my energy level just plummets.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I have been watching what I eat to lose a few pounds. I noticed a huge difference when I cut out a lot of junk. It was difficult at first but after a couple weeks it has gotten easier and I have so much more energy.

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

        Good job Brandon! I think the most difficult part of cutting out the junk food is getting it out of the house. Once it’s out, it’s just a matter of not buying it.

        • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

          That is very true. It is also difficult to keep certain foods out when your pregnant wife is craving them. I just have to remind myself that they are for her. 

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

            Ah yes, I can see how that could create a problem!

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

        Periodically I use a calorie counter/exercise tracker app on my phone. All it takes is a week of keeping track for me to realize how many calories a little bit of junk adds to my diet. Seeing how many calories my run burns also motivates me to get moving!

        • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

          I was using loseit.com to keep track of my calories but after a couple weeks I began to get a feel for how many calories certain foods have so I have been able to keep close in my head. When I start up running I am going to have to use that again so I can see those calories disappear!

  • http://twitter.com/dennisbrooke Dennis Brooke

    All great ideas. I’d add this: chew each mouthful of food thirty times or until it’s fully dissolved. Then it’s in a form where it can be easily digested and add energy rather than requiring energy BEFORE it’s digested. Also helps prevent me from overeating and reduces stress.

  • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

    Recently I have been drinking more water. I don’t know if I have been getting a gallon in, but I have noticed a huge difference in my energy level. When I start getting dehydrated I get exhausted. Just that one change has made a difference. I have also noticed how feeding my brain has made an impact in the last 6 months. The ones I need to work on are exercising daily and watching my mouth. All 10 of these are great!

    • Rachel Lance

      Sounds cliche but isn’t water amazing? We are impacted on so many levels by something so simple. At our house water is the first stop for headaches and snack attacks. 
      Cheers!

      • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

        It is! I am amazed at how much it helps. I turn to water before medicine for a headache just about every time.

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

          Smart move. Those of us who live in Colorado think about water intake all the time. Anyone in our family who comes down with a headache will get a glass of water before anything else. It almost always works.

  • Jan Carlyle

    Getting up earlier. i find, like the exercise point it would appear the converse to be true, but it’s not I find that if i get up earlier than the rest of the house, not only do I have some peace and quiet I also feel energised for the rest of the day.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I started this back in October. I started getting up earlier so I would have some time to myself before the day began and it has made a huge difference!

  • Yumnamirza18

    I love the fact that I’ve subscribed to your blog. I love looking forward to another logical and wonderful post everyday.
    Especially, the fact that you place great importance to your relationship with God. NOTHING in life makes sense without Him and I’m so glad you’re spreading the word. :)

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Thank you so much for subscribing! Glad you find the blog helpful and enriching.

  • Les Bon-bernard

    A great book on this subject is “The Power of Full Engagement” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

    • Rachel Lance

      An excellent read! We’ve used Groppel’s The Corporate Athlete (I believe Loehr and Groppel were or are still colleagues) . Don’t be fooled by the name, his work applies well beyond the corporate space. 

  • http://twitter.com/CrissyManwaring Crissy Manwaring

    Great list! I gave up TV in favor of books about 12 years ago – and have never regretted it. If it is a really great show – I’ll hear about it from a few dozen people, then I may get the DVD and watch it later – but in 12 years of no TV – that has only happened once. And in meantime I read a couple of books a week – alternating personal development, and just-for-fun titles, and have found dozens of great authors,and stories and histories that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Now that is some great discipline. While I don’t have “TV”, I have Netflix. Having so many great shows, movies, and documentaries at my fingertips has made it really hard for me to keep my nose in a book.

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

      I gave up TV for a year once. One of the best decisions I made! Need to consider doing it again …

  • Rachgam

    How timely!  Over a breakfast meeting this morning I was brainstorming ways to improve my energy level and now have several more to add to my own list.  Thank you!

  • Bonnie Clark

    I think staying out of debt can also be helpful. Debt is a big weight to carry.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      Yes it is! My family and I are living on a very tight budget so that we can pay off our debt as soon as possible. It is school debt for the both of us and we want it gone. We don’t have any credit cards or other kinds of debt and once we get out of it we never plan to go back!

      • Jim Martin

        Brandon, good for you in your commitment to pay off your debt!  I wish you the very best in this.

    • Jim Martin

      Bonnie, that is so true.  I have seen this again and again with people who carry much personal debt.  You can often see in their faces and posture just how drained they feel. 

  • Mrskjb

    I love this article. One point to note is that when testing our clients for toxicities, deficiencies and allergies, nearly 100 % have been allergic to wheat, as well as most other grains except rice and oat. This doesn’t mean 100% are allergic, they come to us because there is a problem and it’s usually from what they’re eating. Low glycemic and alk.aline producing foods are great for energy. I add D-ribose powder to my tea to give natural energy and sweetness. Many are using the energy drinks and those burn out the adrenals.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Test your clients for toxicities? You must explain. I’ve heard of testing for allergies and deficiencies, but would love to learn more about the “toxicities”.

  • Bnwhite

    I agree wholeheartedly. These steps really work. For me, following these simple steps not only reinvigorated my day, but I lost 25 pounds in 5 weeks and have kept it off. That is just one of the benefits.

    • Rachel Lance

      Congratulations on making great changes & on excellent results!

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Booyah! Congratulations on the weight loss.

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

    Great list.  I find that if I need a quick fix, music energizes me and always has. Whether it’s hits from the 80s, or Contemporary Christian praise music, I turn it up and get re-invigorated. 

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Me too! Spotify keeps a steady stream of fresh music to help me power through my work day.

  • Momarian

    I am on day 7 with no soda. The caffeine withdrawal headaches zapped all of my energy. I put 2 liters of water in a pitcher to help me drink enough water and I will (no trying here) eat more fruits and veges.  
    It is hard to want more for your life and realize you have to start with the fundamentals that  I let get out of whack a long time ago. Here’s to accepting that to climb a mountain you step on foot forward at a time.

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

      7 days! Great job! Soda is incredibly addictive. There’s something about it that makes it almost impossible to drink in moderation. Giving it up completely is the way to go, but not easily done. Good for you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Babich/100002993676826 Jane Babich

    Love how clear and concise your lists are… and this is no different… to the point but not offensive (to my sensitive sense of what I are NOT doing correctly)
    I have found that eating a healthy breakfast has made a big difference in my energy and my attitude.  I always felt that I was too busy to do this, now I realize that I am tired and looking for a “pick me up” by 10:00AM, if I do not eat my breakfast.
    Also your #10 about energy depleting people is something I just started looking at. Thanks for the confirmation.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Breakfast is an “optional” meal for  many people. You are wise to make it a priority. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anne Marie

    Ah, six meals a day- very hobbit-like! :) I would like to do more of that myself. Exercise usually falls off big time in the winter for me, but since my office moved, it’s in a much more walkable location so I will be improving on that. I take Nature Made Essential multi-vitamin every morning at breakfast. I certainly agree with postive attitude and answers how you are feeling. Sometimes I answer ‘good’ and wonder why since I’m not but then suddenly I am because I said so. Words really do have power! I am overall definitely a positive, optimistic person and strive to get others to be, but  sometimes just refuse to be. But that’s their problem, not mine.

    God bless, Anne Marie :)

  • Jeff W

    Michael,

     

    Thanks for your blogs.  Just
    wanted to give you some feedback.  You probably
    would benefit from reading some of the latest medical studies about multi
    vitamins.  These studies show no benefit
    and a cost to your wallet.  From those I
    have changed my mind about multi vitamins and have stopped bothering with them.

     

    Jeff Waddle

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Hi Jeff. I’ve caught wind of some these studies too. Care to share any of them?

  • http://bit.ly/hWr7Cw Rob T

    Great article!  thanks.

  • Anonymous

    #10 really resonates with me right now. I have had to actually remove myself from certain work areas because I found myself not only felling depleted, but taking on some of the same attitudes.  I think of it this way:  we can either be a parasite or a power source.  We can either be takers of life or givers of life.  The choice is ours.

    • Jim Martin

      coachbyron, you make a great point.  Not only are certain environments draining but we really can begin to take on the very attitudes that drain us.  Thanks for the reminder.

  • http://twitter.com/CoachTheresaIF Theresa Ip Froehlich

    Thank you for this helpful post.

    I pretty much practice most of these 10 things. Even if we all do the same things, energy level varies from one person to the next. I think one important variable to consider is this: are you getting enough time with people if you’re an extrovert? Are you getting enough time alone if you’re an introvert? If an extrovert is spending an inordinate amount of time of the computer (this describes my situation), his or her energy tank gets depleted because of the solitude. The converse is true of introverts who recharge by having time alone.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      This is a great point. I work at home and often don’t see anyone other than my wife and son in a given day. As an extrovert, this can be pretty tough. While I love my family to death, I sometimes need to get out of the house and hang out with people. My weekly bible study is a great way for me to do that.

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

        I’ve been working from home for years, too. Have you tried working in a coffee shop once a week? Sometimes the change of scenery and being around people have made the difference for me.

  • http://talesofwork.com kimanzi constable

    The best way to start your day is in the word: “thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee”. I use to be able to workout before work and I had so much energy, I really miss that! 

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I used to get up early to work out. I was always tired when I first woke up but after the work out I always felt great. I really need to find a time in my day to do that.

      • http://talesofwork.com kimanzi constable

        I wish I could again but the work schedule won’t allow it, you should totally do it though!

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

        I prefer to dream of early workouts… while I’m sleeping.

        • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

          haha! That is what I have been doing lately.

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

            :)

  • Curtis O Fletcher

    I tried to read ALL TEN…but ran out of energy.
    I like the words one, particularly in answering the “how ya doin?”s
    I generally try to think through my answer before I give it, which puts some people off.  :)

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      Curtis,
      too funny!

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

      I will be making a change in that area…

  • http://jeffwaskowiak.wordpress.com/ Jeff Waskowiak

    Proverbs 13:12

    “Hope deferred makes a heart sick; but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”

    You cannot give up hope on yourself.  Don’t let other people crush your hope because of their opinion, or what they may say.  Many times people will crush your hope because they have no fulfilled longings of their own.  The devil is also a hope crusher.  Not only that, but so are his minions.  They will pick at you all day for you to give up hope and faith.  And as soon as you do give up, they have won.  Don’t give up, push through…and use positive words and scripture to encourage yourself.  You may have to do this 20x a day out loud, right where you are.  I find myself speaking positive affirmation out loud to myself at work, the gym, while running, or at home every day.  That’s not crazy…it’s smart.  Try it and see for yourself!

    • Jim Martin

      Thanks very much Jeff.  Thanks for what you said regarding the importance of positive affirmations.  I think we all would be amazed at how many negative messages we take in every day.

  • http://twitter.com/Whole_Lifestyle Whole Lifestyle

    Great blog post!

    I’m big on taking vitamins, I stick to Nutrilite Double X. I also take a natural energy supplement, Rhodiola 110 when I’m dragging. 

  • http://www.FaithfulChoices.com/ Paula

    For the time limited people of the world, what if we have books on audio and go walking or whatever while “reading”.  Does that count?

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

      I would say it does. I read Seth Godin’s Linchpin on my drive to work in that manner. It worked well but I had difficulty taking notes.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      I also agree, Paula.  Zig Ziglar is famous for calling audio books that you listen to while driving “Automobile University”.   You are doing the same thing through “Aerobic University”!

  • Tim Blankenship

    I agree with all of the above. I would add one thing….goal setting. Setting goals and reviewing them often gives me energy and focus.

    • Jim Martin

      Thanks Tim.  Good to know that this works to add energy and focus to your day.  I suspect that practice also brings clarity to your day.

  • Anonymous

    I have been exercising regularly 4-5 nights a week for the past 6 0r 7 weeks and I already can tell I have more energy.  I live in NorthWest Ohio and it gets pretty gloomy outside from November until about April so it is so important to get up and get active.  

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Congrats, Dave!  You’ve far surpassed the generally accepted 21-day window that converts an activity to a habit!  

      • Anonymous

        Thanks John I appreciate it!  My wife and I are working hard to get healthy and back in shape.  

  • AMDetroit

    Mid day stretch or walk can help with fatigue.

    Ever try rolling your foot on a tennis ball? It relieves the myofacia that connects our entire body.  Very relaxing and can actually curb headaches etc.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Great suggestion!  We use various facia therapies to treat my son’s brain injury (his body has structure issues as a result).  It’s amazing how simple things can make a dramatic difference in the body and mind.

  • Joshua Gilliland

    Thats really good ideas I will have to try them.

    Meanwhile I have an up and coming tech blog I am trying to grow please visit me at http://tech4thewin.wordpress.com

  • Brian Smith

    After the first two you list, I would add to focus on what my day plan is. Very important for me. And try to stick with the plan helps me accomplish my day goals. I feel good then.

    • Rachel Lance

      Great point. If I don’t have a specific list for the day becomes very random very quickly. Do you have a method for keeping on track?

      • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

        Rachel,
        I’m with you. If I don’t have a list my day ends up dealing with fires or what ever is on the top of my email or inbox… So, I really need to strategically think through my day way in advance. Plus, if I have a list that has just the right amount of work on it—it pushes me toward a realistic goal. Too few tasks and your not productive. Too many and your list if things for that day is not “authentic.”

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    I’d add one more to your list. Lose those extra pounds.

    I dropped 20 pounds this past year (thanks to your advice, Mike, and LoseIt.com) and have noticed my energy level has risen drastically.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Congratulations on losing 20 lbs!  I lost about 10% of my body weight last year.  The energy level difference is dramatic!  I am still working on maintaining healthy habits.  Have you reached your total goal yet?

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

        I reached my original goal and have maintained it. I expect to refocus in February or March to lose an additional 10 pounds. The 20-lb. loss would represent a 10% loss. The reason for Feb./March is simply I do better with longer days and more activity. The Wisconsin winter constrains my South Texas soul. :-D

        • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

          Congratulations! Wisconsin winters must make it tough to do outside training!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      TNEAL,
      You HAD to bring up my extra pounds—Didn’t you? hahahahaha…. Thanks a lot!

  • Sfishwick

    Most of these I am doing, some I need to start doing and others I need to make some adjustments.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      Yeah,
      I am with you. The challenge is trying to do all of them at the same time, right! I do a few of these very regularly and others I am doing off and on.

  • http://twitter.com/darwinlopezc Darwin Lopez

    Right on! I need this post! Thank you very much!

  • http://collingszone.wordpress.com/ Adam Collings

    Some really good tips here Mate.
    It’s funny, I came to this page not even knowing it was written by a Christian. Some very practical but also very biblical suggestions.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      Adam,
      Thanks for visiting the site and for your encouraging comments!

  • http://www.doris-socialworker.blogspot.com/ Doris Plaster

    I completely agree with the list, and I follow many of these tips. I definitely love #1, “He is the ultimate energy source.”  Spirituality has certainly increased my enthusiasm about life and work. Reading and writing have been my second energy booster. I need to work harder on cutting down on carbs and sugar… I can’t resist the temptation of hot rolls or a starbucks mocha frappuccino :-D

    Great post!

  • Jeff

    I especially like #10 – “Avoid energy-depleting people.” They can be so draining. I run into quite a few of these types at work and they virtually suck the life right out of ya.

    Jeff

    • Jim Martin

      Very, very true Jeff.  Sometimes I don’t realize until later just how energy depleting some people can be.

  • Laura Fredrickson

    Super list, Michael! I’m so glad you took time to share it. I do have one more energy source to consider, and that is, ministry to others.  I find in this age of information I’m able to take in lots of good knowledge and insight, but if I keep it to myself I become a stagnant pond. Sharing is sometimes out of my comfort zone, but it also spurs me to better accountable. Circulating God’s incoming blessings through daily ministry that flows out to people makes for good stewardship and contributes to a healthy spiritual ecosystem. This energizes me, and others. Might I add, through your blog Michael, you are energizing many people each day. Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great point, Laura. Excellent.

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

    Excellent stuff here!  One of the tings I do to maintain my energy is to surround myself with people who I want to emulate.  It’s kind of the flip-side of your 10th point, and just as true.  Certain people drain me, but certain others help to refuel me.  And I need this input.  Thanks!

  • http://www.jennajeske.com Jenna Jeske

    I’ve been reading / listening to the Bible more than I ever have before.  I do some readings from the New Testament in the morning and evening and listen to the Old Testament in the car on my way to and from work, errands, and appointments.  I have more energy and my chronic worry issues have disappeared.  I also love to read other books and make sure to drink lots of water, take my vitamins, and go for plenty of walks.

  • Tina Hartford

    Michael, out of curiosity, do you have caffeine during the day?  I don’t, but it seems those who do have an advantage in the morning.  However, they do crash and burn by mid-day if they’ve not had enough sleep.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Currently, I drink one cup of coffee, right after lunch.

  • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

    Watch your mouth is huge for me.  Great reminder!

  • http://justmerach.wordpress.com/ justmerach

    Does anyone have good tips on dealing with #10 when it is a parent?
    I’ve had a heart-wrenching time with this issue – finally convincing myself I needed space just to personally survive.  Yet as a Christian, feeling a legitimate duty and desire to maintain a filial relationship.

    Even when surrounded by good friends and leaders from church who are supportive, no-one replaces the role or authority of a parent.

    • Jim Martin

      justmerach, this really is a tough one when it does involve a parent.  Each situation and each family is different.  I do think that sometimes a person may have to think through how much time needs to be spent with a parent.  For example, with some parents, a short visit may be best instead of an extended stay.  Some of us have had to adjust our expectations with our parents.  It really can be difficult.

  • http://www.johngallagherblog.com John Gallagher

    Just love this, Mike.  If I would add one thing to the list, I would say, Listen to Great Music.  This energizes me.  That ‘great’ music may depend on what I have going on (different iTunes lists for different moments), but it helps to ground me a bit.  And, I could improve in some of these areas as well.  More water, less Diet Coke.  Multi-vitamin…

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John. Yes, I agree: music is a great addition to the list.

  • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

    The way you talk is huge. Great concept.

  • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

    To help my Psyche, I consider “going to bed” as the first thing I do for the next day. This is different than taking it as the last thing you do today.

  • Verna

    You covered all the bases!  Love the gratitude exercise.  Verna

  • Ahmed

    thank you for these precious tips.
    i had a problem which i always have negative attiude about my abilities , i have alot of energy and i want to do something .please help i want to be a successful person in life .
    i know my negatives each time i try to getrid of my negative i return back again and always people fristrate me that i always speaking not doing so i get upset if i willing to do something i hear what people say about me that i just speaking not doing i became frustrated and became low spirit again please advise me .

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  • http://growwithstacy.com Stacy

    This is my first time here, I found the link through Kikolani’s site.

    I love this list! I especially love that you start out with God and the rest is so positive. They are all wonderful, though I’m not sure that I could drink a full gallon of water per day given my small size but I could definitely use more each day.

    I like point number three, it reminds me of some saying that when asked how you are doing you should respond with, “I’m having the best day of my life!” I need to start using that one!

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Welcome! So glad you found the site. Thank you for taking the time to read and leave a comment. 

  • Tabreena17

    I am incorporating more exercise and water into my life this year!  I used to work out when Curves was in my town but since they went out of business two years ago, I have noticed a dip in energy and an increase in weight!  UGH!!

    I have decided to go to our local pool and swim with my kids.  We all benefit!

    I might even try Zumba this year, too!  I am not very coordinated but I hear it’s a hoot.  It definitely will be when I show up!

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Zumba is pretty cool. You should definitely give it a try. 

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  • Dreemail

    I really appreciate this.   

  • elizabeth byler younts

    Oooooo, #10 is a hot one. Loved this list!

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  • Jttourville

    Michael, couldn’t agree more. Motion does create emotions!

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  • Manaste

    This site and its content is so nice, i appreciate you from my heart & sole, nice job.
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  • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

    You lost me on the God part.

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

      Even though the God part did not connect with you, were you able to find any ways that could increase your energy level?

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    Loved this! To find out how I boost my energy levels, check out my article ‘Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy’ here http://bit.ly/JJurT3 Next week I talk about the metaphysical too – boosting energy via meditation, so be sure to check back for that!

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  • Reina

    This info is very accurate! Every thing here is basic common sense for someone like myself, that knows better, but it seems that it’s taking a lot of energy just to make the commitment to get started doing these things that i desperately need to do. Thank you so much for just validating!

  • Terimisu

    I find running for a minimum of 30 minutes actually leaves me more energized. I drink a lot of water and green tea to help with my alertness. I also take NADH supplements a few times a week and it increases my energy, alertness, and concentration. It’s a natural co-enzyme and works by producing ATP. The company that makes is called Co-E1. You can buy directly from their website.

  • Francois

    I really like your philosophy on keeping my energy at a healthy…..positive thoughts gives positive feelings…thank you!
    Francois,

  • Scott

     To my surprise I tried an energy drink that didn’t give me a crash after
    it wore off.  It seems to be well balanced with vitamins and probably
    the reason it works so well.  Advocare makes it and they don’t sell it
    in retail stores but there’s a large distribution network that does. 
    Found it through http://www.helpmyenergy.com.

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  • Dannydacquisto

    Michael,

    This was a real blessing to me. I just started working in ministry. I googled “I don’t have enough energy,” and found this. What a pleasant surprise! This new job is my dream job, I feel very well used for the Gospel…but I’ve been very tired through out the day. I will definitely give these a try. Thank you!

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  • ravindra singh

    i have agree with your suggestion. i feel some other idea accutuly i relase that every man have a lot of energy without food and water and a possitve thought always create a high lever of evergy

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  • Niks

    Awesome!! This makes complete sense, especially the first point!

  • Ronke

    God bless you real good,this is the best answer I have gotten so far most especially your first point–connect with God,the source of our strength

  • nicole

    yeah,you’re right some people makes me feel moody and unenthusiatic…now i don’t really spend most of my time with this type of people and it helps.thanks

  • Ben Franke

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  • http://www.nateanglin.com/ Anwell Steve

    I was really get caught by number one. I just thought that having a high energy level only involves some exercise, getting the right amount of sleep or eating the right kind of food. But I overlooked of connecting to the Almighty. Yes, indeed, He is certainly one of the reasons why we’re having this high level energy throughout the day because he’s just somewhere out there guiding us. But, definitely these 10 tips really says it all.

  • taz

    until i read this all i was doing was multivitamin and putting lemon juice in my water.

  • Rohit

    This is a human energy cycle …thats how energy is drained & how energy is gained. Gud1

  • http://www.cheese.com/ John Goatbirth

    “Connect with god”? HAHAHAHAHHAHA! Yeah, that’ll stand up to scientific scrutiny. Hahaha! Oh man, thanks for the laugh, though. You religious nuts crack me up.

  • Nancy Warner

    Yes, on ALL your points! If everyone took your advice seriously then the Rx people can almost be put out of business. I believe that 80% of illness can be cured through your points…. especially what we eat, how we exercise, and our attitudes. Yes, on faith – it makes sure we know we are not alone and that there is a higher being. Keeps us humble.