Energy is everything! It takes energy to think every thought. Energy is required for every movement we make. Energy can be generated, absorbed, stored, transmuted, and released. Energy is not a thing. Energy refers to a condition or the state of a thing. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only rearranged.
Mental Energy: There are two main components to establish and sustain optimal mental energy which occurs by cultivating mental clarity and control within our daily thoughts and practices.
What Is Mental Clarity: It is a state of emotional and psychological well-being in which an individual is able to use his or her cognitive and emotional capabilities, function in society, and meet the ordinary demands of everyday life.
Why Is Mental Clarity Important: Optimizing energy for mental clarity contributes to improved productivity and complex problem solving. Learning how to implement practices that stimulate your mental response increases the brain’s level of concentration and retention capacity. Successful people are successful because of their ability to align their thoughts with their actions on a consistent basis. They say that things are created twice, once by thought and the second when producing its physical equivalent.
John Assaraf asks, “Did you know the act of visualizing your goals is actually based on neuroscience principles?” By creating a static image or even a mental movie in your mind, you’re activating a group of cells in your brain that reinforce that image AND the outcome you want to achieve. This simple reinforcement instructs your non-conscious brain to develop a powerful “Habit Loop” that immediately goes to work in helping you achieve your goals.
What Is Mental Control: mental control refers to the ways in which people control their thoughts and emotions (influential energy..) to remain in agreement with their goals. People engage in mental control when they suppress a thought, concentrate on a feeling or sensation, restrain an emotional response, or strive to maintain a mood.
Why Is Mental Control Important: Optimizing mental control produces many benefits such as having the ability to suppress limiting beliefs and super-size your self-confidence even in the face of uncertainty. Striving for progress requires ambition for new learning and the confidence in ones potential to gather and give what is needed to succeed. When the mind lacks energy for mental clarity and control it is difficult to distinguish the difference between limiting beliefs and actual limitations.
A few examples of limiting beliefs verses actual limitations:
Running out of money at the end of the month is a limitation. Believing that particular amount of monthly income is all the money you are capable of earning is a limited belief.
In mixed martial arts competition, thinking that you can’t win a fight is a limited belief. Not optimizing your level and quality of training will limit your chances of actually winning the fight.
Someone telling you that you’re not going to be successful is a limited belief. You choosing to believe in that perspective is a limited belief. Deciding to live out that reality transforms that limited belief into an actual limitation.
Reaching high levels of mental clarity and control also contributes to having more willpower to break unhealthy habits and instills the resilience needed to rise above the challenges that life throws at us. Learning how to optimize your mental energy will enhance the mind’s ability to produce an optimistic outlook and proactive action instead of producing perspectives and behaviors that are reactionary and do not serve our highest selves.
FIVE BASICS TO OPTIMIZING MENTAL ENERGY ARE:
1) WRITE DOWN GOALS- Writing down goals produces the initial representation of you transforming your thoughts into their physical equivalent.
2) CREATE ACTION PLANS- Include your aquired knowledge, resources, and connections as well as what you need to aquire to complete the plan of action.
3) SCHEDULE ACTION- Schedule your action plan into your calendar to clarify direction and reduce distraction. Even if it is investing as little as an hour (4%) of your day to your progress, slow progress is better than no progress.
4) TRANSITION TIME- Scheduling in transition time allows a few minutes to reflect on the previous performance, a moment to reset your focus, and time to review the up and coming agenda.
5) MEDITATION- Investing a few moments (10-30minutes) in your day to establish mental stillness can reduce stress and tension throughout the mind and body while enhancing clarity and your capacity to concentrate.
With consistent application of these tactics you will optmize your mental energy!
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