It’s no secret that in today’s world, most people are overworked, over-engaged, and overstimulated. This naturally affects us all. It is not at all remarkable that many people feel that they do not have enough energy.

Bad habits that steal your energy daily

There are a number of medical conditions that can make you feel like you don’t have energy, including physical problems like thyroid problems, diabetes, heart problems, or even diagnosed clinical depression. But for many of us, these are not the cause of our lack of energy. For many who leave the doctor’s office, they still have to wonder why they feel it is difficult for them to get through the day and finish it in good condition.

So what is causing you to feel drained of all your energy, even though you haven’t put in much physical effort?

1. Thinking that things should unfold in a linear way

The path from point A to point B is almost never a straight line. Our brains are designed to subconsciously put together information that we could never consciously understand.

So when your goal, for example, is to write a book, and you spend time reading fiction, watching speeches on YouTube, and listening to your favorite albums, it’s easy to think fast and judge yourself assuming this is all procrastination.

But the truth is, you are smarter than you think you are. Your brain works non-linearly, and there is a direct correlation between how creative you are and how non-linear you think.

Nonlinear thinking may seem sporadic at first. And when you set a goal, your brain will generate feelings and desires that will lead you to do any number of random activities. But in these activities you will find different sources of learning, inspiration and stimulation that can, and often do, directly and dramatically affect your progress on your creative goal.

So don’t be critical of yourself when you look back in your psychological rearview mirror and don’t see a straight line, and don’t be disappointed.

The path you’ve taken is your path for a reason:  Use what you’ve learned . Chances are, if you take the time to reflect and integrate, you have everything you need to get to point B faster than you think.

Conclusion: Ditch linear thinking and let the dots connect with each other. Concentrate and follow your feelings to your destination without getting ahead of yourself, at least not in a linear way.

2. Take the same train as everyone

There is no right way to live life. There is no absolute morality as not everyone is lucky enough to be raised in a house that is open enough to allow for this kind of radical acceptance.

Most of us fall into the trap of thinking that there is a list of things we can and should do with our lives.

  • Go to school.
  • Be fair.
  • Make friends.
  • Get good grades.
  • Get a good job.
  • Fell in love.
  • Buy a house.
  • Have children.
  • Retire as soon as possible.
  • Try not to stay in any of the transition phases.
  • And cross your fingers to be satisfied at the end of the trip.
  • And there are many more …

This type of cultural narrative does not leave much room for things like creativity, travel or experimentation, in itself, to improvise life.

And finally, anyone who is serious enough to live an extraordinary and creative life realizes that one needs to get off the train and take the road less traveled .

But what then?

There are no signs in this uncharted territory. You must be clear about your values and define your own ideal of success and strive to create a life as close to that ideal as possible.

You have to use your fears as your compass . By realizing that, at the end of the day, you are the one who must be happy with your choices. Yes, giving up the train can be scary, but when you do it, it can also be tremendously enriching. As the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once wrote: ” Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom .”

Conclusion: Give up the train, take the road less traveled, lead by example and enjoy the dizziness of freedom.

3. Thinking on such a large scale that it paralyzes you

Many councils these days tell us to think bigger, bigger than anyone who has come before us.

The problem with this is that the bigger the dream, the heavier the pressure we feel and the denser our resistance to taking the small steps to create that dream. Because the first step on that journey always feels bigger in our hearts than in reality.

There is no shortage in the world of dreamers who sit still imagining their castle in the sky and never take the first step toward building it.

That is why it is important that after creating your big bold dream, you think and act small, very small. In this way, you can generate a positive impulse through the small achievements that will motivate you day by day. Then your daily actions will grow, and what you achieve in a single day will overshadow the scope of the great dreams you once had.

So yes, dream big; Have visions that stretch over the horizon, but think in small pieces and take small actions consistently. Your castle is built one brick at a time, and if you spend all your time thinking about how big and grand it will be, you will never be able to walk on it.

Conclusion: Give up thinking big and instead act small but consistently. In this way you will create a positive momentum that will transport you boldly and quickly through the days between the present and your big dream.

4. Look for guarantees

There is no such thing as guarantees in this life, nothing is certain. There is no guarantee for tomorrow and there is no guaranteed victory either.

That is why you should not be motivated by the belief that your effort in something guarantees you a reward, or a favorable result, because if you do, you risk stopping creating when the day comes (and it will) when you work on something. and nothing happens in response to it.

You have to renounce your guarantees and create for the joy of the process itself, without thinking about the fruits of your work.

Honor the process of creation and acknowledge your result only as part of the process itself, without waiting for anything to happen after doing so.

Once this is done, you will enjoy creating for the joy of art itself and you will discover frequently and when you least expect it, that something you did months ago is precisely what will give you the reward and the result that you were guaranteeing yourself.

Bottom Line: Give up warranties and believe for the joy of the process itself, and when you do, great results will happen on their own.

Expand your creative thinking

Whether you spend less energy in the places you shouldn’t be, or increase your overall creative energy, the point of this game is to generate more creative power and use it to build a better life.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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