Rev Up Your Activation Energy

You are at your goal start line, rev your success engine. Only you can put the pedal on your life accelerator. Nobody else can rev   your engine, you alone must press the pedal that accelerates your life. Only you can drive the lane to your success.

This is a reality: YOU control your life pace. Many want to blame outside forces and rationalize external happenings as the reason they stall out at the start line. Others get started, but fail to maintain their goal lane because they are looking everywhere else to see what someone else is doing.  And then there are those who make it close to the goal line and stall out right there-completely out of gas because they did not plan for their success.

All of these defense mechanisms – blame, irrational rationalization, lack of focus, stalling, not planning – are all negative psychological tendencies that flatten your activation energy; the fuel that masters any goal. There is no way you will climb over obstacles to live a happy, fulfilled life when these energy barriers dominate your thinking.

Shawn Achor, seen on the PBS special program “The Happiness Advantage”, is a Harvard educated researcher on life fulfillment and happiness, asserts that “the real story of happiness is that every person has a range of potential — in terms of intelligence, athletic ability, musicality, creativity, and productivity — and we are more likely to achieve the upper bounds of our brain’s potential when we’re feeling positive, rather than negative or neutral.”

What can you do when you just float along? How far do you go when your energy is sapped? How happy do you really feel when your mind is clouded with worry and despair?

Your success and ultimate happiness depends on your ability to activate your energy. In fact, Mr. Achor says “long-term success is based upon your ability to positively adapt to the world: optimism, social support creation, and viewing stress as a challenge instead of as a threat.” This adaptive perspective is called your “activation energy.”

Regardless of where you are in your life, it is time to rev up your activation energy. Here’s how to rev up your activation energy:
1. Want more joy. You have to want more happiness and inner joy in your life. This first you step is the fulcrum of being joyful. You can be happy. You deserve to be happy.

2. Activate your energy. Now that you seek more joy and fulfillment in your life, it is time to actively pursue your happiness. Stop waiting around for someone to make you fell good. Go out and do the things that support your happiness and don’t stop until you feel joyful.

3. Disavow negativity. Get away from anyone or anything that disturbs your happiness. Take a “feelings” assessment: tune in to what and who feels good to you. When you find those energy drainers, and you definitely will, get rid of them.

4. Practice happiness. Give away your joy. Smile more, volunteer, sing, dance, fiddle, get in your zone. You will attract more and more happiness energy to play the harp of joy everyday in your life.

Activate your positive energy. Be happy. Take advantage of abundant joy-you deserve it.

The Reliable Life

How reliable are you? Think about this, ask: am I reliable in all areas of my life? Can you be counted on at work, at home, in the community, by your friends, or for the health of yourself? Can you count on you?

The reliable life means that you show up and make an investment in your surroundings first.  Being reliable is more than just getting to work and getting a paycheck; it is being present and making a valued contribution. A reliable life is more than providing for your family by making sure there is food in the refrigerator and the house is clean; it is being there for your loved ones in an intimate, significant way. Reliability in this context means you listen, are present and engaged in deeper awareness. Parents need to know that things do not make your children happy; it is the quality of reliable time spent with your children and other kids that makes a difference in their confidence and coping ability. Accustom children to hardship and problem solving.  “We must raise them as moral and spiritual beings by offering them unequivocal, reliable standards of right and wrong, noble and base, just and unjust.” ~ William John Bennett

Reliability stems from more than saying yes all of the time. Integrity proceeds reliability in that those with whom you have a relationship can and do trust you and your word. Thus, when you accept with a “yes” you can be relied upon to do what you agreed to do.

Health reliability means showing up to assist the development of a healthy you. How do you feel right now? Is this reliable or does your health habits tank or vary from day to day? The body, your body is the “throne of the inner temple” which you must govern with tender reliability. Treat your body and your mind well.

Shawn Achor, a Harvard graduate who has done extensive research on the health of happiness, has found that happiness contributes to longevity. In his book, The Happiness Advantage, and in the PBS program of the same name, happiness is the anchor of productivity and longevity.

The reliable life demands balance. You can’t do it all and remain reliable. Instead, build reliability by acts of willing trust. Make a new habit of being trustworthy and reliable. You will find the inner stream of joy and happiness to live your best life.

Be reliable, be happy.

What Else Is Possible?

Millions watched Michael Phelps win another gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London in his race to be named the greatest athlete of all time.  In each interview with the media, you could hear the unasked question-What Else is Possible Michael? Bob Costas, a veteran Olympic news presence, asked the question right after his historic last race, the 4×100 relay where Phelps won his 18th gold medal.

Michael Phelps said, “There are other things I can do. I think I will be able to sort of shift that competitiveness into any thing I put my mind to.”

It may be time for you to ask yourself-What else is possible in your life. Have you reached a goal, gotten to a pinnacle, or no longer feel stimulated in your routine? Then, stretch yourself. What other things can you do? Think about it. Push!

“Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push.”

~ Joann Thomas

Push upward, push yourself harder. Do more, discover latent talents, drive your passion.  Make the self-sacrifice so that you stretch your boundaries. Become a new champion. Don’t bend to habit and comfort-eliminate your limits and disturb your comfort.

Go for it-NOW.

Take these tips to stretch yourself:

  • Dream. Think real hard about what else is possible. There are not limits, think this is what I’d do if there were no obstacles, there was enough money, and you had no fear. What dream would you fulfill? James Allen, famous author of As A Man Thinketh, believed “that all that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is a direct result of his own thoughts.” Therefore, dream with positive purpose.
  • Make a short list. Write one, two, or three stretch goals. Now remember a goal is a dream with a deadline. Get out some paper or use your Ipad to write your goals that have a deadline. Brian Tracy asserts that you must write your goals down. The purpose is two-fold; first writing a goals signals to your brain and the universe that you desire something different and second, it creates a visual record of your passionate desire that has a deadline.
  • Take action. No action, no result. Sure you can dream and yes you can write your dream(s) down, but without the commitment which is shown by your actions, nothing happens. Claude Bristol, in The Magic of Believing, emphasizes this over and over.   Women and men achievers, like Michael Phelps, take action.  Phelps completed 51 Olympic swims and swam nearly 10,000 meters and 198 lengths of the pool in Olympic races. What can you do?
  • Make a record. Record your achievements. The value of this is that it reminds you of what you have accomplished and allows you to see, feel and believe what you have yet to do.  Records guide achievement.

What else is possible? Only you know for sure.