Mental energy

174: Managing Willpower for What Matters Most

by Monica Harrison on March 27, 2018

Willpower is the ability to control yourself to determine your actions. It allows you (and your team) to accomplish what matters most to you — solving a business problem, losing weight, cornering the market, getting out of debt, etc.

To control many of your actions, you can use selected disciplines to build a powerful habit. But to control other actions in any given day, it requires the power of will — a vital part of the self-management that’s necessary for leadership and personal success. [click to continue…]

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chargebatteryFollowing up on the previous episode, Jesse and his wife Erin discuss 14 additional tactics to increase energy, improve mood, and manage stress. These re-charging tactics may not all work for you, based on your personal wiring and season of life. Pick 1-3 tactics to try this week or month. Keep what works, discard what doesn’t, and try an additional tactic or two later.

For additional details and links regarding these re-charging tactics, visit Jesse’s blog post 28 Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries.

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072: 14 Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries: How to Increase Energy, Improve Mood, and Manage Stress

January 16, 2014

As leaders, we are wired for action, for serving others, for carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. But we need to invest in re-energizing practices; otherwise we risk “killing the golden goose” by sapping our health and/or losing our passion. Jesse and his wife Erin have noticed that it can be particularly […]

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28 Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries: How to Increase Energy, Improve Mood, and Manage Stress

December 28, 2013

In 2006, Google became concerned that their highly intelligent, passionate employees were burning out. The effect on Google was significant: illness, lost innovation (even though people still worked long hours), and turnover. In 2007, the company experimented with training 15 director-level Googlers on healthy energy management. Based on the results, Google began expanding the program […]

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Are You an Energy Leader, or an Energy Drainer? Test Yourself.

August 30, 2013

In his upcoming book Die Empty, (releasing 9/26), Todd Henry explains the importance of establishing a personal “code of ethics,” which is a set of lenses that defines how you engage in your work. One of Henry’s own ethics has been “Energizing.” I would add more energy to any situation than I took away. I […]

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Doing Less, Thinking More, Leading with Greater Impact

April 17, 2013

Recently, I was struck by a similar emphasis from three different thought leaders. Leadership is about the courage and discipline to think things through for ourselves and the moral courage to stand up for what we believe to be right. Self-knowledge can only be gained through introspection, frequently in solitude. Reading books rather than email, […]

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Formula for Leading Human Energy

March 13, 2013

In most endurance races, I push myself to achieve a breakthrough performance. Preparing for a successful race requires weeks and months of focus and discipline. The actual race performance requires energy management. Of course, the same is true of leadership. Race day. All of my training, physical conditioning, and nutritional management has been focused on […]

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