In the last post we covered what it looks like to be an energy drainer. If you haven’t read that post click this link: How’s Your Energy? Part 1
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Just as negative energy has the power to compromise our health, positive energy has the potential to dramatically improve our health and well-being. So, let’s focus on becoming energy gainers…..
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How To Move From Energy Drainers To Energy Gainers:
Let’s take them one at time:
- Pessimistic. The antidote for pessimism is gratefulness. Try making a grateful journal. This may be tough at first but start small if you must. Try: I’m grateful I woke up this morning. I’m grateful I have eyes and ears. Then move on to bigger things. I’m grateful for my spouse, my kids, my job etc.
- Victims. Sure, many people have been mistreated by others. But being a chronic victim is disempowering. It’s more empowering to choose to own our role in things. We can ask: What have I done that may have contributed to this situation? What can I learn or take away from this experience? What has this experience made possible?
- A Wrathful, vengeful God. This one is huge. If we see God as a powerful cosmic being waiting to send lightning bolts down to punish us the minute we slip up, we’re in big trouble. This will wreak havoc on our health by chronically triggering our fear mechanism, and stress response. We must hold on to the truth that God is love. (1 John 4:16) and he will never act contrary to his nature.
- Gossip. Gossip is not only disrespectful, it weakens our influence, and drains our energy. The minute we engage in juicy gossip, everyone present has the right to wonder what we’re saying about them when they’re not around. Just say no. If you sense gossip starting, change the subject, or remove yourself from the room. (Proverbs 26:22)
- Complaining. This is a twin bother to pessimism. Finding fault without seeking improvement is disempowering. You drain your own energy in the process. (Ephesians 4:29)
- Judgmental or critical. Not using judgement is impossible. We simply shouldn’t allow ourselves to become habitually judgmental, or overly critical. Before we judge, let’s put ourselves in the other person’s shoes and treat them the way we would want to be treated. (Matthew 7:12) No one is perfect, and we should not judge anyone to condemnation. Judging to condemnation is a work of the enemy, and will drain our energy in the process.
- Live in the past / future. We live in the present. We can’t change the past and we can’t apprehend the future. All we have is the present. So, isn’t this where we should focus our thoughts? Slow down to stop and smell the roses. Throughout the day, ask yourself: “How am I feeling at this moment?” If you’re thoughts don’t feel empowering, change them. The choice is yours. Choose to dwell on positive thoughts, and live in the moment and watch your energy soar. (Philippians 4:8)
- Cynicism We must make the distinction between skepticism and cynicism. Skepticism can be healthy if used appropriately and with moderation. Cynicism is always destructive because it leads to apathy and helplessness. This is why it’s energy draining.
- Anger All emotions must be processed. But anger is an emotion that must be processed quickly. If left unchecked, it will compromise our health. You can take that one to the bank! Unchecked anger also gives the enemy of our souls opportunity to oppress us. (Ephesians 4:26-27)
- Self-centered No one wants to be around a selfish, needy person because it’s energy draining. The bible has plenty to say on this issue. It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35) We are instructed to put others needs ahead of our own (Philippians 2:3) When Jesus wanted to show the disciples the full extent of his love he washed their feet. (John 13:14)
The ability to choose more empowering thoughts is a uniquely human quality. Exercise your right to choose and boost your energy today. Its not only good for your health, it’s good for the ones you love too.
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