By LeAnna J. Carey | Jun 14, 2011
Oprah said, " Everyone has to learn to think differently, bigger, to open to possibilities" When was the last time you reflected or imagined your possibilities? To cultivate a blueprint of possibilities you need to tap into perspective - and that requires energy. As impossible as it sounds, successfully meeting the demands of life and balance are both achievable if you have an open perspective and a healthy energy flow. While the connection between mind and body can probably be attributed to the ancient Greeks, in contemporary society, most of us are trying to create a balanced life and live to our fullest potential.
When picturing someone who realizes their possibilities, does that person also look like a person with a great deal of personal energy? We have previously addressed that one of the most important steps to feeling energized is to get enough sleep; now, let's explore changing the way you think. One helpful tip is remove 'tail-enders' - yes, you heard me, correctly. According to Feinstein, Eden & Craig, in their book, The Promise of Energy Psychology, "tail-enders involve a limiting self-image that instructs you that the desired state is not possible, you are not capable of it." Their example, "But, if I lose the weight, others will expect me to keep it off," or in this case, my example, 'if I tap into my possibilities, I may have to make different lifestyle chioces." Feinstein, et al, goes on to suggest to bring your goal, even if dimly recognized, into the forefront, write it down; doing this may reveal attitudes that are keeping your goals from becoming a reality.
Thinking differently is the first step to changing anything in our lifestyle, so let's start with understanding that a key resource for restoring your energy is your circadian synchrony- in other words, the timing of light, ambient temperature, the timing of meals, fluids and activity are all related and need to be in sync. It's also important to realize that your personal energy is renewable! Your possibilities will take you as far as you have the energy to discover and act on them. Being open to and connecting with the elemental energy and rhythms of the natural world like sunlight, the sky, the signs of the current season, the time of day, is an ever present source of energy that automatically makes us more open. If you are making daily lifestyle choices to sync up, you are stoking your daily source of energy - consider the possibilities!