FORWARD --- the more than 30 ways to increase energy really work and the ten components of a "thinking environment" make it possible for you to "think for yourself brilliantly" (pviii-x)

    The author's theory is that to be appreciated, accepted and encouraged --- rather than blamed, criticized or pressured --- INCREASES self-esteem which leads to MORE energy! (px)


    [1] Do LESS of what drains your energy and MORE of what boosts your energy! (p1)

    [2] The author (p2-3)

    [3] High energy people --- defined (p3-4)

    [4] Low energy poeple --- defined (p4-5)

    [5] What this book is NOT about (p5)

    [6] What this book IS about (p5)

    [7] How to read this book (p5)

    [8] By the time you finish this book (p6-7)

    [9] Case study (p7-8)

    [10] Additional benefits (p8-9)

    [11] Rate your energy level --- 40 self-administered questions to determine your "energy level" and (p9-11)

1) Prepare well (p13-42)

    Become more self-aware and have higher expectations for your quality of lie. Make some attitude shifts to achieve faster progress to more energy!

    [1] Become MORE sensitive and PAY ATTENTION to details! (p18-25)

      "Keep in mind that you are always saying no to something. If it is notto the apparent, urgent things in your lie, then it is probably to the more fundamental, highly important things. Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep you from your best, keep you from your unique contribution --- IF YOU LET IT!" Quote by Stephen Covey

    [2] Be MORE assertive about WHAT you want! (p25-30)

      "The reasonable person adapts his or her self to the world. The unreasonable person persists in trying to adapt the world to himself or herself. Therefore, all progress depends on the "unreasonable person!" Quote by George Bernard Shaw

      As you make CHANGES that are good for you, some people will be inspired by this new you --- this person who says what they want and don't want!

    [3] "Make do" to "can do" (p30-34)

      Circumstances can seem fixed and immutable until something comes along to challenge and change them! But the reasons for change are often only clear in hindsight. (p31)

      You cannot create something new just by looking at WHY things are the way they are. You need to move from "Why?," which tends to be static and invites defense, to "HOW?" or "WHY NOT,?" which have a more dynamic feel! (p32)

        In essence, if there is something you want, do not give up just because you can find reasons to justify WHY it might be difficult. Your brain responds to questions, particularly "facilitating" questions! For example, Robert Kiyosaki in his book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, about creating wealth, suggests that if you want something that initially seems too expensive, you can alter your thinking with a QUESTION.

        Instead of saying to yourself "I can't afford it," ask the question "How can I afford it?"

        If you say the former statement, your brain STOPS thinking. But, if you ask the latter question, you ENGAGE your brain in problem solving!

        Remember: If you think your situation is hopeless, that very thought makes it more so! But, if you think that a problem is just something you want to be different, this idea takes the negative emotions and blame out of your "problem" and turns it into a more neutral "situation" that is simply inevitable and healthy. This view can be very liberating! (p33)

          This assumption is based on the implication that if you EXPECT changes and EXPECT TO WANT changes, since they are notbody's fault, and it does not make anybody less of a person to go through the change process, there can be something healthy in wanting a lot of changes! This is the opposite attitude of stagnating. (p33)

          Example of learning to play guitar and learning that mistakes can be thought off as a form of positive feedback! (p34)

    [4] Notice WHAT drains your energy and WHAT increases it! (p35)

    [5] Take lots of small steps (p36-39)

      The "Stop Tool" of structured thinking to self-evaluate your own moods or feelings, developed by Tim Gallwey in the book, The Inner Game of Work, which presented the acronym "STOP" (p38)

        (1) S = STEP BACK --- Put some distance between you and the momentum of your normal life

        (2) T = THINK --- Gather your thoughts

        (3) O = ORGANIZE --- Make any course corrections

        (4) P = PROCEED --- Resume

    [6] Take daily action --- thinking is not enough! (p39-40)

    [7] Summary --- "over to you" --- five action steps (p41-42)

2) Get rid of the little things that annoy you (p43-56)

    Identify those little things that you intend to fix and start sorting them out. It takes energy to ignore them!
3) Clear the clutter (p57-70)

4) Build in a margin for contingencies (p71-82)

5) Identify your natural gifts (p83-90)

6) Choose tasks that use your gifts (p91-102)

7) Make time or energy boosters (p103-114)

8) Change focus (p115-124)

9) Slow down to speed up (p125-144)

10) On happiness (p145-156)

11) Children as energy drains (p 157-172)

12) Ask or help (p173-182)

13) Surround yourself with people who boost your energy (p183-206)

14) Implement the ideas or which you have energy (p207-210)

RESOURCES (p211-212)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR --- Bill Ford is a certiied Neuro-Linguistic programmer who is the managing director of "Coaching Directors," which is an organization that specializes in "coaching" business people who want to be more effective AND have a better balance between work and life (p213)

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