Okay so I’ve mentioned this story to many people, but I feel the need to get it down on “paper.” This analogy came about during a meeting with a colleague who always inspires me, and someone whom I respect (thanks, Dawn!). I’ve continued to pass along this story and it seems to help others think differently…
So you wake up in the morning and [hopefully] you have a glass full of energy. You carry this glass with you all day and as you exert energy, the glass starts to empty. By the end of the day, you should be happily exhausted with a completely empty glass.
The catch is that you only have the amount of energy in the glass and you, as the owner of your energy, have to decide the best way to empty your glass as you go about your day. Sounds simple, right?
Well think about everything you encounter through an average day – the ups, downs, highs and lows – and where you exert your energy. Are you spending your energy on the person who makes you angry and fighting over some particular point you’re trying to make? Are you arguing with a spouse or friend? Are you using some of your energy on a high maintenance client who does not respect your work? Are you making calls and attending meetings to grow your business? Are you playing with your children? Think about those questions and evaluate how you’re emptying your glass because it may just put things into a different perspective.
At the end of the day (and the beginning), you are the owner of your energy and you can empty that glass as you choose. The moral? Choose wisely!