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9 Awesome Strategies For Living A More Energized Life

9 Awesome Strategies For Living A More Energized Life

In today’s world, we’ve got more advertisements, pop-ups, and people calling for our attention because they want our energy for their needs. We’ve been drowning in a world of information. Many of us who have been involved in the self-development world have gone through the quest to find the best strategies, teachers, leaders, marketers, coaches, advice, tips to grow, achieve, succeed, and become a greater version of ourselves. In that quest, we may have run into a lot of information. However, in reality we were looking for wisdom — practical strategies for living a more energized life.

That being said, I intend to honor your soul by giving you the wisdom you deserve as you read this article and learn about 9 of the most awesome strategies I’ve discovered for living a more energized life.

Let’s start by defining what it means to live a more energized life. I attended an incredible and life transformational program in January called ULTIMATUM. It was led by a wizardly man named Donny Epstein, who I feel defined energy best as, “Energy is the context to all content.” Every single thought, feeling, action, concept, idea, emotion, and decision we make is influenced by the amount of energy we show up with. Energy is the unit for all creation. We need it for our body to run it’s autonomous functions along with the voluntary decisions we make. Emotion is a code-word for energy in motion. Passion inspires us, and anger can make us breakthrough or break down. We need energy to formulate higher order thoughts and concepts. We get fueled with energy when we have a soul connection with another, feel connected to our calling and purpose, and when we focus on gratitude. Energy is the unit for life. We can look at the energy we show up as in three simple ways that I also learned from Donny Epstein.

Imagine there’s three levels of energy: poor, neutral and rich. When we’re showing up as energy poor, we may come up with excuses of why we can’t do this — we may be losing money, our health may be declining, or our relationship may be falling apart. There’s not enough energy available to even sustain what we have. Everything feels like it’s falling apart. We are focused on survival.

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Then there’s an upgrade to energy neutral, where we generally maintain a baseline status quo. There’s no real progress, no real changes…and if any, just small ones that feel comfortable, as opposed to more radical and energizing upgrades to our lives. Energy neutral is okay, comfortable, and even good.

Then we zoom into energy rich where abundance is our state. This is when we can sustain rapid changes with progress, growth, and creation of new and greater levels of living. Inspiration, victory, love, joy, passion, and excitement are all states of energy richness. Sustainable and even exponential growth become the norm for energy rich.

Thus concludes my brief summary of what energy is. Right now, I intend to give you 9 practical strategies to live a more energized life. This may be going from states of energy neutral to energy rich, and even energy poor to neutral, to rich.

Are you ready to embrace a greater version of you? It starts with…

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1. Oxygenating your body

Without oxygen, our physical body can not function. To put it simply, without it: we die. A trend that has been going on for far too long is that many of us aren’t receiving enough oxygen daily to sustain a great quality of life. When we sit and hunch over to work on our computer screens, we maintain a posture that makes it difficult to breathe deeply to nourish our cells with oxygen. Here’s a spectacular solution: Use the 1-4-2 breathing method daily. I first learned about this method through a Tony Robbins program. I noticed the power of how vibrant I began to feel after implementing this simple deep breathing exercise throughout my days.

2. Drinking natural spring water

Tap water is flooded with arsenic, aluminum, fluoride, prescription, and over-the-counter drugs. Dr. Mercola has written a spectacular article educating the public about it. Most of us are chronically dehydrated. Much of this dehydration has to do with the quality of water we’re drinking. Did you know that nearly 40% of bottled water is actually tap water? As for the water that may truly be natural spring water that’s in a plastic bottle, there are chemicals leaking into the water from the plastic, especially when the bottle is heated through sun exposure and exposed to light (florescent lights in grocery stores). My recommendation is to exchange your old water supply (if it was tap water in plastic bottles) to natural spring water. You can have fun and find a local natural spring. You’ll basically get the purest, most natural, mineral-rich water for free nearby. Otherwise there are spring water delivery services through which you can get water delivered to you in glass jugs. I personally use Mountain Valley Spring Water and have been very happy with the quality of the water, as well as their customer service.

3. Creating a results-focused plan

When we start with a results-focused plan with clarity, we allow our resourcefulness to focus on everything that will help us accomplish our goal best. Tony Robbins has developed an outstanding strategy called the RPM plan: results-focused, purpose-driven, massive action plan. An RPM plan starts with knowing the result you want. Clarity is power. When we make a clear decision on what it is we want, our reticular activating system supports us in subconsciously guiding our focus on everything that’s relevant to getting what we want. When we know what we want, we can consciously use why we want it (the purpose) as emotional fuel to give us the courageousness, audacity, boldness, and perseverance to fuel us through any obstacles in order to achieve what we want no matter what. Viktor Frankl, the famous Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust surviving author of “Man’s Search For Meaning” has said, “Those who have a ‘why’ to live can bear with almost any ‘how’.” The last part of the RPM plan is MASSIVE ACTION. Knowing what we want first allows us to take more strategic and results-focused actions, as opposed to blindly being activity-driven without knowing what we’re really after.

4. Belly laughing with great company

When was the last time you cracked up so hard that you spit your drink out of your mouth? Aren’t those the greatest laughs? Maybe not the spitting out your drink part, but the deep belly laughs from the hilariousness of the moment. Laughter is one of the most underrated medicines in the world, where the side effects benefit your health and those who you share the laughs with. If you want to experience how energizing it can be to laugh, next time you’re feeling sluggish start a laughing contest with a friend. Begin with fake laughing as hard and loud as you can. Eventually, you won’t help but realize how silly and funny it is and you’ll start to really build up the laughter. Sooner than you know it, you’ll be belly laughing. More likely than not, you’ll also feel fueled with energy. Laughter releases endorphins that make us feel high, increases bonding with others, stimulates our organs, and improves our immune system, as well as our mood. Add belly laughter into your daily rituals and you’ll live a more energized and enriched life.

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5. Upgrading your nervous system

Our nervous system is what sends messages from our brain to every single cell, tissue, muscle, and organ in our body. It’s what processes information from our outside and inside world. It’s what allows us to feel, see, taste, hear, and smell. When there’s disconnection in our nervous system, there’s a disconnection in our full expression of life. The nervous system is like the software for ourselves. In a day and age where we have more information flying at us faster and in greater quantity than ever, we are more susceptible to feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and fearful. One of the greatest things we can do today is upgrade our nervous system. I previously shared my story on Lifehack about how I overcame anxiety by upgrading my nervous system. To upgrade your nervous system effectively, I recommend going through the wizardly man I introduced earlier in this article, Donny Epstein. He’s trained many practitioners around the world in a phenomenal healing modality that allows us to remove interference in our nervous system, using our tension (stored potential energy) as fuel to upgrade our lives.

6. Planting and gardening

The foods you eat out of your garden are most likely significantly more nutrient-rich than foods you’ll find at a grocery store. Also, you can trust the quality of the foods from your garden, along with picking them off when they’re most ripe. Planting and gardening our food also adds a spiritual aspect with our relationship to food, as we see the life process happen and we participate with it. One of the easiest ways we can get involved with planting and gardening at the comfort of inside our home is to grow sunflower seed sprouts. If you have a garden available or patio space for pots, you can plant greens like kale, arugula, butter lettuce, and collard greens. You can also plant herbs like parsley, cilantro, mint, basil, and oregano for a variety of energy rich foods. Amongst the nutritional and spiritual benefits of planting and gardening, we are also outside and more exposed to the sun which is our greatest source of Vitamin D. This vitamin is one of the most vital ones for our overall health and well-being, and one that most of us are deficient in.

7. Group sports and exercise

Exercise is crucial to growing more fit and sustaining an outstanding quality of life. Group sports is one of the best ways to get healthy exercise for ourselves. We are challenged physically and mentally with the joy of competition, as well as the greater strategies and communication we incorporate to win the game. Also, group sports and exercise situations are generally more fun and engaging, as we are with other peers and are held accountable for how we play and train. If you’re ready to have a more physically and mentally energized life through group exercise, check out Spartan Race. They are famous for the camaraderie and teamwork that’s built in their epic obstacle course events.

8. Having accountability partners for goals

One of the greatest success strategies that people have used for many years is incorporating the power of accountability partners. According to a study done by Forbes magazine, people who shared their goals with others had over a 25% chance of achieving their goal as opposed to the group who didn’t share their life goals. A key thing to do when choosing accountability partners is to choose someone who you know is dedicated to living an extraordinary life. When you have your partner, make a commitment with one another to show up fully and honestly, as well as inspire and challenge each other to show up with even more vibrancy, passion, and courageousness. One effective strategy for encouraging each other to thrive more in your life results is to create rewards for achievement of goals. This may be enjoying a movie, going out to a cool party, or having some raw chocolate. Another effective strategy that tends to kick all of our butts into action is to use pain to drive us through stakes, double-dog dares, or the classic bet. It’s part of Tim Ferris’s worldly-known D.S.S.S. Meta-learning technique that he’s used to become world-class in a number of areas of life. Some examples include donating money to charities you strongly abhor, doing something very embarrassing, and doing a favor for the other person. Whatever strategy you tend to use often, having accountability partners for goals is a key part of living an energized life.

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9. Expressing Gratitude

Gratitude is medicine, it really is. Dr. Masaru Emoto studied how emotion affected the molecule structure of water. What’s most interesting is seeing the beautiful crystalline features of when water is blessed with love and gratitude. Consider the effects of what emotions does to water into a bigger perspective. Since our bodies are made of over 70% water, imagine how powerfully emotions affect our health knowing with this information in mind. It’s been proven that emotions turn on and off certain gene expression. Combine this with the knowledge of how emotions have affected water with Dr. Emoto’s research and you can imagine the wonderful benefits that feeling and expressing gratitude regularly can have on your body, mind, and life. Gratitude is one of the most energizing emotions we have available in our range of emotions. One of the fastest ways we can feel gratitude is to use questions to direct our focus. For instance, what are you grateful for right now? Are you grateful for being alive? For the food you have to eat? For your family and friends? For your career? The Universe? Try the experiment on focusing, feeling, and expressing gratitude to yourself and others for 15 minutes every morning and evening. You’ll see just how quickly you’ll have a more energized life.

There you have it. That’s 9 awesome strategies for living a more energized life. Implementing even one of these strategies has the potential to make enormous changes in your health and life. If you’re dedicated to a legendary life, I challenge you to focus on all 9 of these strategies every day for the next 30 days. I also challenge you to invite 5 people to join you on this challenge and hold you accountable. Cheers to being energy rich!

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How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

1. The Inner Critic

This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

  • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
  • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
  • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
  • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

2. The Worrier

This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

4. The Sleep Depriver

This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

  • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
  • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
  • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
  • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

How can you control these squatters?

How to Master Your Mind

You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

There are two ways to control your thoughts:

  • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
  • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

For the Inner Critic

When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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“Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

  • They rile up the Worrier.
  • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
  • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
  • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
  • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

For the Worrier

Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tense

Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

“Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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For example:

If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

“I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

“Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tension

I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

Breathe in through your nose:

  • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
  • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
  • Focus on your belly rising.

Breathe out through your nose:

  • Feel your lungs emptying.
  • Focus on your belly falling.
  • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

For the Sleep Depriver

(They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

  1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
  2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

You can also use this technique any time you want to:

  • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
  • Shut down your thinking.
  • Calm your feelings.
  • Simply focus on the present moment. 

The Bottom Line

Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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