I work a physically demanding job, and I do it in the sun and heat. So it’s not unusual for me to return home feeling pretty bushed at the end of a workday.
On a typical day, this isn’t a problem: I can just do the minimum cleanup and prep tasks I have and rest up for the next day. The problem is that a string of “typical days” like this leads nowhere for personal development.
If I want to become physically stronger, more mentally capable, and more prodigious as a creator, I need to be putting in several hours of work “on the side” every day after (or before) work. I need to train, I need to write, I need to build, I need to do business, I need to study and read. And for this, a day in which I can go until 9 PM (instead of just 5 PM) is worth 50% more than a day otherwise.
Of course, the answer to this is simply the discipline to push through. But I’m also starting to see that energy and stamina will – over the course of months, years, and the rest of my life – be the difference-maker. Either I will grow and maintain the energy to do *extra* or I will be mediocre.
If you’re like me, it’s worth investigating every possible avenue for managing energy and stamina. There’s a good deal of both scientific research and anecdotal advice out there on how to manage energy, and there’s a good deal that can be tweaked.
There’s sleep: how many hours per night? Should I nap? How often? Should I drink caffeine or not?
There’s hormones: should I boost testosterone? How?
There’s nutrition: what balance of macronutrients should I get? What kinds of whole foods should I seek out, or avoid? Is my food grown in good soil with micronutrients? How does my gut biome affect energy?
There’s mindset: what beliefs do I have in regard to energy levels? What negative influences am I allowing into my life?
There are other environmental factors: is blue light keeping me awake at night? What kind of music could I be listening to for greater energy?
I am no expert on this (yet) but I say all this to show that energy is a manageable quantity. And there is a very big world of options for ensuring that you can have a lot more “in the tank” than you may have now.