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Energy, Not Time, Is Our Most Precious Resource

Personal | | Nick Fellers

We’re spending the day working with leaders from a social justice movement. Each leader wears 19 hats (with fundraising being only one of them). Whereas we can ‘teach’ fundraising, we’ve found it’s just as important to put this in the context of working effectively.

To that end, I’m rereading some notes from The Power of Full Engagement. The fundamental message: MANAGE YOUR ENERGY, NOT YOUR TIME.

  • Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.”
  • “Every one of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors has an energy consequence, for better or worse.” <--- Think about that! Our THOUGHTS drive our most precious resource! This insight is what leads to author Jim Loehr's next book: The Power of Story.
  • “Performance, health, and happiness are grounded in the skillful management of energy.”
  • “The number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not.”
  • “The more we take responsibility for the energy we bring to the world, the more empowered and productive we become. The more we blame others or external circumstances, the more negative and compromised our energy is likely to be.”
  • “Leaders are the stewards of organizational energy–in companies, organizations and even in families.”
  • “To be fully engaged, we must be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned with a purpose beyond our immediate self-interest.”