Do you have a drip, drip, drip in your life? Do you feel like you take one step forward, then two steps back? You may have some leaks that need to be plugged. Read on!
PLUG THAT LEAK
by Donnett Ekwerike
A leaky pipe is not only annoying but it may lead to hundreds of dollars in repair costs if left unattended. An oil leak in a car must be fixed to avoid further damage to the engine. If you are experiencing a gas leak in your home, you seek immediate remedy to avoid a major catastrophe. Generally speaking, having a leak is not a good thing. In our lives we are able to accomplish our goals and complete our daily tasks because of human fuel called energy. When our energy is depleted, we desire rest, relaxation and recuperation. Just like a car needs gas to run, we need energy to keep going. When a car runs out of gas it will quit moving until the gas is replenished. Cars are equipped with a display where we can easily tell the amount of remaining gas and when we need to fill up. We know how long a fill up ought to last, and can easily tell if something out of the ordinary has occurred to use up our fuel sooner than usual. Although our bodies are not equipped with a visible energy meter, we know within ourselves when our energy is low because we feel tired, drained or mentally exhausted. We are familiar with the things that readily use up our energy, like work or physical activity, but there are some other things that cause energy leaks that should be considered. NEGATIVE PEOPLE OR PLACES Have you ever been at a certain place or held a conversation with someone that left you feeling drained and even gave you a headache? The conversation may have been very negative or the person exhibited so much negative energy that it depleted some of your own energy. Watch out for those situations and PLUG THAT LEAK! Avoid negative people and places or conversations at all costs. If someone is filled with bitterness, hate or any other negative emotion, unless you can assist them in gaining a more positive perspective, remaining in that atmosphere will only deplete your energy. As politely as you can seek a quick exit. You are not required to endure repeated brain drain experiences. WORRY There are some people that worry as a habit. They worry about the past, the present and the future. They worry by day and worry more by night. They attract reasons to worry and are caught in a grip that leaves them with knots in the pit of their stomach. Worry has never solved any problems or given birth to any great discoveries. We often worry about things that are unimportant and find ourselves caught up in “the thick of thin things” – things that don’t matter. There are certainly situations that warrant our concern, but unless our thoughts lead to productive action, fruitless worry simply diminishes our energy and leaves us with tense muscles. PLUG THAT LEAK! STRESS Stress is - Stretching the Threshold of Reasonable Expectations Systematically and Sufficiently to create imbalance in energy. This describes being over-committed, rushed and mentally burdened. We push ourselves too hard, refrain from speaking up for our rights, and experience many other things that leave us feeling stressed out and frustrated. We must identify the source of our stress and if possible eliminate the source or alternately change our response to the situation. Very few people get rewarded for burning the candle at both ends. Remember, NO is not a four-letter word. We don’t have to please everyone at the expense of our own well being. PLUG THAT LEAK! PRIDE Although we would all like to consider ourselves capable of single-handedly mastering every circumstance, we may find ourselves in need of assistance from others. We may lack the expertise or time to do all that we need to do. Yet we feel hard pressed to fess up and say we need help. This is especially true if we have committed to fulfilling a task or made declarations about our capabilities. When we face difficulty in fulfilling our commitment, pride often stops us from asking for help or admitting we lack the necessary information. We would rather struggle and go through numerous attempts to go it alone or prove we know everything. The struggle to “save face” creates a serious drain on our energy. Consider your strengths prior to making a firm commitment to others. Analyze the areas where you will need help and identify a trusted source that is not judgmental. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Don’t allow your pride to lead you into the abyss of energy depletion. PLUG THAT LEAK! Whatever your source of energy depletion, take note of those areas and commit to taking action to diminish them. To accomplish our goals, we must plan ahead, remain focused, and we must have energy. Preserving your energy is a testament to your commitment to live in excellence. To give your best you must feel your best. Reclaim your verve and your passion for life! Reclaim your energy! © 2006 Donnett Ekwerike