Three questions for a more energetic life

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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Do you have enough energy for everything you want to do? Building and maintaining energy levels was the focus of a Wednesday meeting of the Women in Management Fox Cities Chamber Luncheon at Fox Rivertyme Banquets and Catering.

About a dozen members and guests gathered to hear Life Coach Jeanne Loehnis, owner of Songs for Your Spirit, LLC, discuss ways to build your energy – or rather, ways people lose their energy daily and how to make choices that are the most sustaining to energy levels.

People are most energetic when they focus on key areas such as health, on taking time to ‘play,’ (fun activities), on things they’re passionate about and on nurturing a faith or a belief system. Knowing what your core values are – such as family, friends, belief system, or creative pursuit – can be used as a foundation for determining where else our energy is being expended.

Loehnis shared a worksheet that helped participants rate which daily activities or elements drain or energize, whether there’s an element of control over those things, and how those activities are honoring or ignoring a person’s core values. The method helps people weed out those activities and elements that are energy-drains – which isn’t always easy when we have obligations and commitments.

“Choosing from core values can be helpful when choices are hard,” Loehnis says.

Loehnis also provided three key questions for participants:

  1. What one self-commitment will you make to increase positive energy flow? This could include spending more time on pursuits you’re passionate about, or making room to take better care of your health.
  1. What one self-commitment will you make to decrease negative energy flow? This might mean ending a commitment to a volunteer organization that’s become too cumbersome, or limiting the time you spend with a negative person in your life.
  1. What support system will help you remain accountable to your commitments? A support system might include formal coaching or finding an energy buddy to work with on these commitments.

Loehnis, who as a programmer, analyst and manager in the information technology department at Lawrence University before becoming a life coach, offers one-on-one sessions, workshops and inspiring products.

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-Nikki Kallio