- What is draining your resource pool?
- By Tracy Brinkmann
Imagine that your body is a car.
Your fuel is obviously the food you put inside it, much like
the gasoline you pump into the tank of any Ford, Chevy or Dodge
etc. This fuel is converted into energy to propel you along your
lifes course, physically and mentally. The car uses the
spinning motion of the engine to generate electricity for the
lights, radio, power windows, power brakes, sensors, air conditioning,
safety equipment and so on. When you use more and more of these
pieces of equipment on your car, your fuel is depleted faster
and faster. Most of us have experienced the fuel drain when driving
a long distance running the air conditioning on full blast versus
how much fuel is used when the air conditioning on is not on.
Or the drain on the engine when climbing a steep hill with air
conditioning on versus much easier the car seems to negotiate
that same hill without the air conditioning on.
These same principles work on
you in your daily life. As you go though your daily activities
your level of energy needs rise along with your fuel consumption.
If your working hard on a stressful job you use up energy quickly
and your fuel level decreases. Pausing for a good meal, pumping
fuel back into your tank raises your level back up.
But one thing we need to know is that it is not always what we
do that has a drain on your pool of fuel.
Every action you take of course
has a drain in your pool of resources. But one thing many folks
do not consider is actions you do not take can have a serious
drain on your fuel tank, mentally, and emotionally. Taking away
energy that could be put to far more productive use. Think about
if for a moment, you get up early, take an invigorating shower,
and you are off to work. You listen to good music or positive
motivational material on the way to work. You are feeling great
as you pull up to the office.
Getting to the door you open
it and there it is, the disorganized room that you have been
meaning to clean up for some time. This instantly has a depleting
effect on your energy reserves, bringing them down. To build
on this, on your way to lunch later you remember that you need
to get your oil changed, more than seven hundred miles ago. More
energy gets drained away.
These are only a couple simple
examples. What if you have parents that live more than a thousand
miles away and you realize that they are not going to be around
much longer? Or, you are working on that big project and keep
putting off that one task that really is not the most appealing
to you, yet is critical to the completion of the project. These
are just a couple more things that will drain your energy away
and yet you are not doing anything. So you can see
it is not only what you do that depletes your energy, there is
also what you do not do. They distract you, make you feel guilty,
and siphon away at your fuel reserves. All this energy would
be far better used on accomplishing your goals.
If you flip open the hood of
your car you will see power cords and fuel lines connecting the
engine to all the individual components of your car. This same
principle works in your life, all those inactivitys have a power
cord to them draining your battery of its precious resources.
Watt by watt, gallon by gallon all these power cords and fuel
lines to things like unreturned phone calls, needed oil changes,
disorganized desks and homes, unappealing yet necessary tasks
undone, late bills etc., all of these will slowly (or often quickly)
deplete your fuel tank. What you need to do is sit down and identify
and eliminate all this drainage from your life.
Below I am including a few things
that are common drains on your energy resources:
- Spending too many hours in front
of the Television
- Car needs an oil change or other
- Disorganized desk, office, home,
- Clothing that is tattered or
in need of update
- Home décor that does
not nurture your values/preferences
Not being in a supportive relationship
Being in a relationship that needs to end
Working with people that result in you compromising your values
Lack of proper or needed office
Overwhelmed with the mass of information that is bombarding you
Avoiding conflict or confrontation
Consistently stressful work leaving you exhausted/unsatisfied
Not enjoying your job
No personal interests that stimulate
Having a health issue that you are not getting help with from
a qualified professional
Not getting regular physical/dental check-ups
Partaking in food that is not good for you too often
Too much month at the end of
Paying bills late
Paying taxes late
No plan for your financial future
Insufficient insurance coverage (life, home, auto etc)
These are but a few examples
to get you started on your own list. Once you sit down and compile
your personal list of items stealing from your energy pool, count
how many there are. Now do you see where a lot of your energy
is going? While you may not be taking action on these, you will
still be expending energy on them by way of them stealing it
from you. Suppose the list above was your list and each one of
them represented two watts of power. Now if you only have one
hundred watts to work with each day, these twenty-three items
would be stealing forty-six watts from your daily one hundred.
Forty six percent of your energy is depleted as a result of your
inactivity, leaving you with only fifty-four of your original
one hundred watts. This will obviously have a serious impact
on what you can get accomplished in your activities towards your
goals, dreams and desires.
But now that you realize these
are stealing away from your ability to reach your goals. You
can reapply some of that stolen energy to get them accomplished
and cleared off of your to-do list. The simply action of beginning
to work on these items, that are distracting and draining you,
will give you a tremendous relief. As you take care of these
one by one you will begin to additionally feel a sense of accomplishment
and a boost in your energy. This boost will be a motivating force
for you to take on and clear off the next item. The action on
the next item will again fuel your relief, sense of accomplishment
and give you yet another resulting energy boost. Through the
action on each item the cycle will begin again, until you have
pulled the plug on all your energy draining items.
Imagine what you will be able
to do when you go from fifty-four watts up to ninety or even
your full one hundred. You will feel better, you will work more
effectively and efficiently and you will get more done towards
your goals. Mostly I personally believe the biggest win is that
you will enjoy your life ever so much more.