Your Possibilities Require Energy

By LeAnna J. Carey | Jun 14, 2011

Your Possibilities Require Energy

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!  

Where Does Your Time Go?

By LeAnna J. Carey | Jun 24, 2011

Steve Jobs says that, "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life..."  Have you ever considered that to have optimal free time, you need to put effort into planning a meaningful experience, just as you prioritize and schedule your work week?   Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, in his book, Finding Flow, reminds all of us that the world is full of opportunity, and only a lack of imagination and energy stands in the way. 

In other words, if we are going to experience new things, we need to be mindful of our time, since we do not have unlimited time or energy.  Mindfulness is a flexible state of mind-an openness to novelty, a process of actively drawing novel distinctions.  When we are mindful, we become sensitive to context and perspective; we are situated in the present.  Think about the opposite - when we are mindless we are trapped in rigid mind-sets, oblivious to context or perspective.[1]  Goal setting will help you to be mindful of where your time is going, and most importantly where you want it to go!  So what new things are on your agenda for this weekend?


Where Does Time Go?

Productive Activities


Total: 14-60%


Working at night or studying




Talking, eating, daydreaming while at work








Maintenance Activities


Total 10-41%


Housework (cooking, cleaning, shopping)








Grooming (washing up, dressing)




Driving, transportation








Leisure Activities


Total 10-43%


Media (TV and reading)




Hobbies, sports, movies, restaurants




Talking, socializing




Idling, resting




Sources: Csikszentmihalyi and Graef 1980; Kubey and Csikszentmihaiyi 1990; Larson and Richards 1994


[1]Langer, Ellen. (2005) Well-Being: Mindfulness Versus Positive Evaluation. Handbook of Positive Psychology

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