The Importance of Optimizing Mental Energy
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 & Emotional energy:
There are two main components for establishing and sustaining optimal mental energy which are maturing mental clarity and control within our daily performance.
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.
What Is Mental Control: refers to the ways in which people control their thoughts and emotions 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 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 enhances the brain’s level of concentration and retention capacity.
Successful people are successful because of their ability to align their thoughts with their actions. 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.
Why Is Mental Control Important: Optimizing mental control produces many benefits such as suppressing limiting beliefs and super-sizing your self-confidence when faced with uncertainty. Striving for progress requires ambition for new learning and the confidence in ones potential to gather and give what one needs to succeed.
When the mind lacks energy for mental clarity and control it becomes difficult to distinguish the difference between limiting beliefs and actual limitations.
A few examples of limiting beliefs versus actual limitations:
Running out of money at the end of the month is a limitation.
Believing that amount is all the money you are capable of earning is a limited belief.
In Martial arts, thinking that you can’t win a fight is a limited belief.
Not training to win the fight 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 and live out that reality will transform the limited belief into an actual limitation.
Reaching high levels of mental clarity and control also contribute to ones possessing the willpower to break unhealthy habits and instill the resilience needed to rise above the many moments when life challenges us most.
Learning how to increase your mental energy will enhance the mind’s ability to produce an optimistic perspective and proactive action instead of producing behaviors that are reactionary and don’t serve our highest selves.
Reasons why we need Mental energy:
Optimized mental energy fuels the thoughts that we think. “We create everything twice. One in thought and the other in its physical equivalent.”
Your mental energy encourages your behavior. Low mental energy places dangerous stress on the body prohibiting its ability to think accurately or respond effectively.
Being proactive becomes a challenge because of scattered thoughts and focus. Mental exhaustion eliminates patience and the brain’s ability to release chemicals such as serotonin that encourages an optimistic outlook and dopamine that strengthens the neuro-connections that deliver messages and is responsible for cognitive behavioral responses.
FIVE BASICS STRATEGIES FOR 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 current knowledge, available resources, and connections 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 for reflection of the previous performance, a moment to reset your focus, and 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.
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