Recently I was fishing around in the back of my desk drawer, and a little plastic wallet-size card jumped out at me. The top of the card read, Energy Recharge Card – 10 Tips for Great Energy. It is something I designed and produced many years ago.
I thought how, when coming across things like this, my first impulse is sometimes to toss them back in the drawer, unread. Energy tips are all fine and good, but I often just don’t have the energy, time, or motivation to add more things to my life, even if they would be beneficial for me.
Then I glanced at the first tip on the card, and it read: Check your Attitudes – Let go of beliefs that drain you, and I realized I couldn’t have needed that suggestion for greater balance and energy more!
I, like many of us, tend to limit myself with the attitude that I only have so much time and energy, so I should resist most creative and enjoyable tasks and activities until I get the important things done. Spending more quality time with friends and family, adding new recreations, and focusing on opportunities for expansion and growth (such as the Energy Recharge Card tips) are a few of the things that often have to wait.
But I know that if this attitude becomes too powerful, we pay a very high price. We lose much of our ability to embrace new opportunities, to recharge with play and love, and to grow our minds and bodies and spirits. Wouldn’t our lives be better and richer if we could replace “I would if I could” with a belief that “I do have energy and time for the opportunities life continues to offer?”
I keep reminding myself that resources are always there for the asking, and we have a lot more energy and time than we think. Here is a visualization I sometimes use, to remind myself that my life is abundant.
I imagine all I need as sand on an endless beach. I see myself sitting in a sandbox on the beach, and when I want more energy or time, I reach beyond my sandbox with a toy shovel and scoop up time, energy, or whatever I want, from that endless abundance.
I was grateful for re-discovering the card, and re-reading the first tip. It reaffirmed for me that each positive thought provides additional momentum for embracing what is energizing and self-fulfilling. To keep expanding, we need to let go of draining beliefs that keep us closed to greater energy.
Here are pictures of the front and back of the Energy Recharge Card. I hope you’ll check out these 10 tips, and listen oh so closely to the one that wants to be scooped into your life right now.