How much energy and zest do you bring into your day?
Do you manage to keep going at full throttle or do you start slacking half way through the day?
One of the great things of my life is the many amazing people in it – inspirational people who make my life what it is and who continue to inspire me.
Some people have so much energy, they are like an Energiser Bunny!
Now those of you who don’t know what I mean check out this Energiser Bunny video:-)
As a child growing up in Kenya, I remember we had a little Energiser Bunny and it fascincated me how it kept going and going…
Maybe we too were like that as children – boundless energy, before we “grew up”.
So how does an Energiser Bunny do it?
Being the NLP practitioner that I am, I always seek to learn and model good behaviour in others.
The question I asked myself is what can I learn from an energiser bunny’s way of being and how can I bring it into my own world?
Here is what I have observed and learnt so that we too can all be like an energiser bunny for 24 hours everyday:-
1. Be Committed to Serve Others
Without a doubt I believe this is the single most important quality that makes one stand out – having a selfless commitment to serve others through ones’s work.
Regardless of what you do and your current life situation, find some way of serving others.
Whatever line of work you are in, you can see it as a way of giving back and serving others.
I believe that ultimately, we all want to serve others and we want to give something back – but as we go through life, this noble desire gets lost in our day to day challenges.
Your passion for your line of work will be ignited when you can connect with this deep, deep desire within you to serve and contribute.
“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.
Life is no ‘Brief Candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handling it on to future generations.” — George Bernard Shaw
2. Have a Loftier and Higher Goal
Tied into the concept of cultivating a desire to serve others is the notion of having a higher life purpose.
At the end of the day, the energy and enthusiasm you bring into the world is about your mission or purpose in life. Call it what you like, but what is it that really brings you alive?
What makes you jump out of bed every morning?
Whatever your life goals are, if you keep a higher goal in mind and come from a place of wanting to serve others, your life will be transformed.
If you are committed to a higher goal, your life too will become vibrant. You too will be juiced to enjoy every moment of the day.
Also, don’t sit around all day waiting for your life purpose to mysteriously become clearer to you!
If nothing else, simply make it your life purpose to lead a life of kindness and service to others – and you will be making a wonderful contribution to the world.
3. Have an Infectious Zest For Life
What comes first – zest for life or the desire to serve a higher cause and to lead a life of service?
I would say that by getting clear about what your life is about and what you stand for, you will naturally develop this zest and oomph for living life to the full.
You can also create this zest for life by looking for the good side to everything
The key is not to take life so seriously – a lot of people go through their days as if the whole weight of the world was on their shoulders.
So chill out and lighten up – life is too short.
4. Save and Build Up Your Energy Reservoirs
If you know that your life is for a higher purpose and you want to serve others, then you really don’t want to fritter away your energy and life force in nebulous or wasteful activities.
Focus only on the important things, and blank out everything else.
Simply do nothing more than what’s at hand. Sounds easy and if you need help, there are numerous resources out there to help you focus,
At the same time, don’t let your environment drain your energy.
Declutter ruthlessly and answer my 20 questions that will simplify your life forever.
Do also plan your day and stick to specific work times – don’t let your energy be sapped by unnecessary tasks.
5. Have a Daily Meditation Practice
A great way of keeping your energy high and being ground is to cultivate a meditation practice.
Regardless of your spiritual and religious path, have a meditation practice daily, even if it’s only for 15 minutes in the morning.
A lot of myths have built up about the right and wrong way of meditating but all you need to do is to sit still quietly in one place and let whatever thoughts come and go.
You may even want to attend the occasional meditation retreat once you really get into it.
6. Cultivate a Childlike Zeal for Learning New Things
Develop a childlike curiosity about the world and how things work. Do more of the things that you enjoy and bring out the child in you.
I remember how fascinated and in awe I was when I first saw the Energiser Bunny all those years ago. But where does that childlike wonder go?
Just imagine what the world looks like to a child – a world full of awe and wonder
You too can learn to live your life as if everything is a miracle.
7. Develop a Love of Teaching Others
A great way of lighting up the world is to share your own passion with others. What better way is there to live than to share your special gifts?
And believe it or not, you do have many gifts that the world is just waiting for you to unveil and share.
Decide which ones of your gifts you want to share with the world – and find a way of doing so.
8. Create a Great Team Around You
Any great leader needs a supportive team of like minded people who complement each other’s skills.
To really focus your own energies on the task at hand and to make the most of your own gifts, you may ultimately want to create a great team of people around you – people who will support you in shining your light and spreading your spark.
So look around for like minded people with whom you can create something greater – people you gel with and with whom you can create synergistic relationships.
9. Recharge your Batteries
Even Energiser Bunnies need to recharge!
When you are working, work. When you are not, take time out and do what recharges you.
Spend time with loved ones – have ample time with the people in your life who matter, even if it’s nothing more than an evening walk in the park together.
Also spend time in nature – this could be a walk in your local park, on the beach or even your own garden. When I do this I can literally feel my energy rising.
Talk to your close friends regularly and share inspirational and uplifting ideas – you can “gossip” if you must, but keep it minimal:-)
Of course if you are focused on your higher purpose and a loftier goal, then any tendency to gossip will whither away rapidly anyway.
Imagine your life as an Energiser Bunny
If you are not currently jumping out of bed every morning full of beans, then from my tips above, what will you start doing from today?
We need more Energiser Bunnies to light up our world.
And you can now start today and be an Energiser Bunny yourself!
Image courtesy of Beverly & Pack