“I surround myself with good people who make me feel great and give me positive energy.”— Ali KriEger

This time of year is so busy for me and everyone I know. It can be tiring. Thus, it is also essential to keep your batteries charged and energized for your own benefit and those you lead.

When people run out of energy, they work more slowly and get more easily stressed and distracted. Being tired leads to mistakes, which now have to be fixed, which makes the work slower. Which often leads to working more hours, sleeping less, and having less energy.

The energy level of leaders affects the people they lead. So let’s work on keeping our energy levels high to lead people into the holidays and 2022.

Consider these five ideas.

  1. Listen to music that makes you happy.  As I write this, playing in the background is one of my many personalized musical playlists.  They are designed to amplify my joy and energy.  
  2. Sleep when tired.  I expect you already know this.  Too often, we forget that good sleep leads to getting more done with more joy. 
  3. Be joyful about the progress made.  My clients are typically in high-pressure jobs. No one can finish everything on their list of even the perceived “must-do” things.  It is important to be aware of what is left to do, but take a moment to feel the energy of completing things, of making progress.
  4. Do some work you love every day.  There are many things we must do that do not give us energy.  Give yourself a bonus patch of energy.  Make sure every day has at least one task that you love doing.
  5. Do some good.  Be mindful of those around you.  Do something nice for others.  Thank people for what they do for you.  

The best thing you can do for yourself is to make your energizer list, your supercharger list.

Then do those things. The people you lead will thank you for the energy you bring!

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


Alan Willett

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