My millionaire habit for the day: Manage your energy because being tired and grumpy costs you. 


One of the realizations that led to the concept and the name for “Life Athletics” is that I saw how terribly I handled things either athletically or in my life when I let my body get tired. I saw that there was very little difference between the preparation needed for a game-day as there was for a Tues-day. Regular life is demanding if you’re trying to do something with it, and often it’s demanding even if you’re not. 

Jim Loher and Tony Schwartz talk about this in a book that felt like it was written for me,  The Power of Full Engagement.  The subtitle, “Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal”, tells you pretty much what you need to know but if you’re like me you might have to write it backwards on your forehead to remember the importance of it. 

I’ve been focusing on implementing concepts from the book lately and it’s been working. I’ve had to focus on it though because like a lot of people I know I’m an exhaustion addict. Rest and recovery seems to come naturally for many people, I’m not one of them. 

Think of it like someone who comes into a sudden financial windfall and feels like the extra money is burning a hole in their pocket. When I’m energetic I feel like I have to spend the energy, or else. A friend of mine, also an exhaustion addict, posted to facebook recently that after 16 hours of sleep he felt like he was ready to “ride a dragon into a volcano”... like being energetic was going to lead to something reckless and possibly destructive...the feeling didn’t last long, he was back to overworking and undersleeping almost immediately. 

I enjoy what I do and have been enjoying how much more productive I have become in the last year especially. The trick is managing my energy. I’m not likely to stop pushing forward, nor do I want to, so being smarter about my rejuvenation efforts is necessary. 

The problem with energy in relation to this post is that today I don’t have any. I was going to blame it on the heat and say that it was making me sleep badly but really, that’s just an excuse. The real reason I’m tired is because I stayed up until 4 am working on a couple of projects for friends that I felt like I needed to move forward.. and was woken up by a text at 7. 

How this relates to today’s blog challenge is this... I have resented the challenge all day. People have been sending me lots of messages lately telling me how much they’ve been enjoying what I’ve been writing lately and that’s wonderful because I’ve been loving it myself, but today I didn’t care, I was just annoyed. 

I was annoyed because there was a study element to today’s challenge. I had to listen to a podcast by Natalie Sisson and Jaime Tardy, the Suitcase Entrepreneur and the Eventual Millionaire. They’re lovely women, sharing a lot of valuable tips gained through experience and effort, and it frustrated me, it was too slow. 

I went and worked out on the roof taking 4 times as long to get through my session than I had planned but I was dragging and this just added to it. 

Being tired shot all of my graciousness to hell. I was rushed with what I had already scheduled for myself and a 40 minute podcast (39 minuted and 24 seconds) was apparently too much for me to work around.  It didn’t help that because I was tired it took me three tries to actually get through the whole thing with any retention of the information whatsoever. 

Here’s where my rant meets today’s challenge. About a decade ago someone told me “you can tell how powerful you are by looking at what stops you.” I had all sorts of reactions to that when I first heard it (and pretty much every time I repeat it) but it’s true. It’s how strength is measured... how much can you lift? Oh that much? That’s how strong you are. A little more than that and the weight is glued to the floor and, voila! you’re stopped and you’ve discovered how powerful you are. 

Being a little bit tired has long been my excuse for many things. Essentially it’s been me saying “this is too much for me” and then shifting blame onto some state that I can externalize, in this case “being tired”. It’s an easy excuse as most people are dragging themselves around exhausted and are willing to buy into my story. 

With the right audience and the right excuse one can make getting through the day while needing a nape sound heroic and... that’s the ah ha moment for me. 

Often we do things for the secondary gains we get from them, and often we’re not aware of what those gains are. 

One thing that I’ve noticed in others (many others) is that they often make simple things difficult so that they can feel, and look like, they’ve done something far more impressive than they have. 

In the EXCELLENT King, Warrior, Magician, Lover the “Hero” archetype is said to be one of the shadow sides of the Warrior. It is the Warrior that cooly and calmly gets the job done and gets home. It is the Hero that trumpets his charge over the hill seeking glory, and likely gets shot first. 

So back to today’s blog challenge... yesterday’s really, at this point... the topic was about building a blog that matters (me being cranky because of lack of sleep... that matters!) and monetizing it.  

We were meant to extract her “three habits” from the podcast but because I was tired ADHD boy (no I have not been diagnosed with this and I apologize if that joke offended anyone or any reason other than it not being overly funny) I only caught one of the three and had to go to the Eventual Millionaire website, sign up for the mailing list and get the free PDF that they’re written on in lovely detail. 

I’m going to list the three here but you really should take a look at the PDF where I got them, it’s very well done! (again, these are not mine, all credit for them goes to the Eventual Millionaire)

Habit 1: Work Hard
Habit 2: Maximize Opportunities
Habit 3: Invest in yourself

The blog challenge question is: “What are two key ways you could use the habits of a millionaire to monetize your blog in the next month?”

Looking at the question and then to the list of habits that I finally gathered and back again I’m left thinking that I’ve made a simple exercise difficult. What a hero :) 

I’m going to say that without energy, hard work becomes busy work, opportunities are missed and the way around that is in investing in myself. 

How this translates to Life Athletics the web site is this. For right now, the site is tied to me, the goal is to build it into a tool that functions independent of me where the users drive it as a community but for, if I stop, it stops. 

I’ll continue with my efforts to build and grow my energy levels and to monitor my exhaustion addiction. I’ll also start building a mailing list with a PDF of my own seeing how that seems to be a great way to serve a community and begin monetizing a site. That’s all from me for now. Have a great day Life Athletes!