Running a business demands explosive positive energy. One way to make sure you have it is to surround yourself with people who pump you up—and cut loose energy suckers. Here are seven more ways to perform at your peak so you can grow your firm to a Elon Musk like level .
Find out what type of food makes you feel your best and stick with them. You need the right fuel to generate positive internal energy. I feel my best when I eat vegan and follow my new friend author Kathy Freston’s approach. I adopted the vegan lifestyle after getting introduced to it by my longstanding dear friends Lisa Bloom, attorney and NBC News analyst, and her husband domain magnate Braden Pollock, and began to live it after they introduced me to my girlfriend, VH1 Couple’s Therapy With Dr. Jenn host Dr. Jenn Berman, also a vegan.
Eating healthier helps me think better and need less sleep, because my body doesn’t spend as much time digesting. Eating three to five small meals per day keeps my energy level high and fuels your metabolic rate. By training yourself to listen to your body and not overeat, you will be surprised how great you feel. And don’t deny yourself your coffee. It’s full of antioxidants, and it’ll pump up your mental clarity.
Quit spending 18 hours days behind a laptop. Hit the gym if you want to grow your company. I learned weight training from Mr. Olympia Frank Zane as a young bodybuilder. Today, I think most clearly and am at max energy when I lift weights for 45 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of cardio at the aerobic heart rate level for your age, three days a week at minimum.
Get Your Seven Hours.
Allow yourself enough interrupted sleep to unleash energy you didn’t know you have. Shut off your cell phone and any other sources of blue light for at least an hour before sleeping. Cool the room off so you sleep more deeply. There’s an extra benefit: Getting enough sleep in a cool room helps you keep you at a healthy weight.
Feng Shui Your Reality.
The ocean is a powerful source of chi energy for me, so I chose a place on the beach to see and hear the waves. In the past I’ve lived in the California mountains, surrounded by vast and vibrant 2,000 year old giant redwoods. Live in a setting that energizes you and and neutralizes your stress, and you’ll be surprised at how much that fuels your vision for your business and your life.
Grok Your Passion. If you don’t know what really matters to you, its hard to identify the business projects that excite you. Make time to meditate and use mindfulness to get in touch with what you really care about. Not only will it give you a better memory, but you will become more aware and creative. Working on what you love with passion unleashes unimaginable energy in your life.
Remember 3-5 things you are grateful for each day, and change up the list daily. You’ll tap a source of energy that empowers you. For a great book on this and more productive tools, check out The Tools by the talented Phil Stutz and Barry Michels.
Be In The Now.
Try to be aware of how you perceive time. Are you watching it retrospectively, at one with it, or predicting it? Energy and the best experiences come from being at one with time in the moment. Do this by stopping your focus on the past or the future, and experience the exact moment you are in to energize and feel your best.
Get Curious and Learn.
I love to learn, and preferably the more new, complex or profound knowledge the better. The best way to learn is to get myself into a state of being curious. I begin my searching for the feelings and state inside me where I feel most curious and stay in it. Curiosity fuels learning, and can really energize and power you to master infinite subjects and information with excitement and passion.
If you stay incubated like a bear, you will miss out on the energizing effect of relationships. Social media is not the same as face-to-face. There are atoms of energy that can enthuse and infuse your neurology that a screen can’t emit.
Bounce every three to five months to unplug and change up your local geo. Doing this resets your neurology and will give you a new perspective to solve problems. Getting distance from your home will energize you and help you forge new relationships. I recently hit St. Barts for my B-day, met lots of new friends and came back with new enthusiasm for my goals–despite a hairy arrival on a landing strip that, if you miss it, leaves you in the ocean. St. Barts has a charm that is international, upscale, and exclusive, yet warm and friendly. Find a place you would enjoy, set a date, and reset yourself to go to a next level of performance!