Have you ever just sat back and watched a child at play? Their energy levels are out of this world! I’ve often joked that an energy drink called “Baby Energy” would stomp Monster Energy because there is no level of energy higher than that of a 1 year old. I would know, since I have one.
I recently wrote a post about Climbing The Ladder. This post was a lesson from my one year old himself. Well you guessed it, I’ve learned another lesson from him. How to live life full out.
As I sat back and watched my son run all over the house I thought to myself, “How can I harness that energy and what would happen if I could approach life as full of energy as Ryan does?” So I’ve been studying and trying to learn what he does in a day to have so much energy. This is what I’ve found:
Live Fearless – In the Book of Matthew, Chapter 14, Peter walks on water toward Jesus. But when the wind rises he becomes afraid and begins to sink. He calls out for Jesus to help him. Jesus grabs him and asks “Why did you doubt?” How much does your fear hold you back? Just have faith and it will set you free to truly experience life.
Confidence – Sure Ryan is the best looking kid in the world, or at least his daddy thinks so, but I’ve noticed he doesn’t care AT ALL what people think about him. Neither should you. God made you who you are for a reason. Don’t be embarassed about it. This is a great post by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt about this exact topic, check it out.
Harness Your Energy Sources – What really amazes me about children is how they are healthier than their parents simply because they don’t have a choice. I’ll order my son a side of fruit but myself a side of French Fries! What is wrong with me! Harnessing your energy so you can live full out is all about making the right choices all the time.
Eating – Eat healthy every morning and lunch. Why do I leave dinner out? You need to have a little fun. I recommend MyFitnessPal for everyone I know. It is the best way to ensure that you’re eating the corrrect things in the correct volume. When it comes to energy, the right foods make all the difference. .
Exercise – Work out every day. It doesn’t have to be a gym session. My son never hits the weights when he’s at the gym with his mom; he hits the blocks and puzzles pretty hard though. The real reason you should exercise is because it releases endorphins which make you feel good and energized. Without this release you’re more likely to sit around feeling sorry for yourself rather than getting out and having fun. It also doesn’t hurt your positive body image either.
Rest – It wasn’t until I read “The Power of Full Engagement” that rest became a cornerstone of my life. Until then it was an expendable resource that never needed replenishment. Boy was I wrong. Watching my son, he sleeps 12 hours a night and 2 hours per day! I agree, that’s a little excessive, I think it’s God’s way of giving his parents a break. But I will say, getting a full night’s sleep is critical for us a humans. I recommend 8 to 9 hours and a nap. If you’re skeptical of naps, check out this post by Michael Hyatt.
Rest helps you stay organized because this is the time when your mind catalogs your day. Doing this during the day lets your mind file the first half of the day’s inventory rather than having to file it all during the night. Additionally, more rest will help you think with more clarity.
If you could approach life full of energy each day, what would you dare to accomplish?