“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” ~ Aristotle, The Philosophy of Aristotle

Starting out in the TV industry, I had a very distinct role model for completing a day of work.

You may know it well. This was the typical business model derived from the Western idealized notion of hard work, and it looked like this: going to the office early, staying late, and always meeting deadlines. The end result would inevitably consist of: coming home exhausted, spending most evenings just being tired, and watching TV until I fell asleep. To this day, this appears to be the standard working lifestyle for most people in the world.

I quickly realized that I had been intuitively operating under a completely different standard for working efficiently and expending my creative energy. In fact, I found that I was getting more work done while having fun in the process! I was a master at finding ways to meet multiple goals with less effort. I learned to recruit others for assistance and team-work. I maintained a lot of interests and passions, I got plenty of exercise, I upheld a great sense of humor, and I managed a full-time career in addition to running a household. My lifestyle was not deprived of social connections, reading books, or entertainment. I also committed myself to continuous learning. In short, I integrated all areas of my life. My career and my private life were not mutually exclusive realms.

In my years in the production business, and in my own coaching practice, I have come to find that the biggest challenge is in motivating others to putting in a truly productive and creative 8-10 hours on the job, day after day, for weeks on end. The staff didn’t have a good reserve of energy stored up to finish a contractual job, and sometimes the project either dragged on forever or was done in a mediocre fashion.

Naturally, I felt compelled to have a heart-to-heart with each of the staff. I asked them about their personal lives, and what they do after work. I was genuinely interested in hearing about what they would really need to feel balanced and content.

The biggest complaint was of needing more energy to:

• Consistently focus their creativity and productivity on the job for 8-10 hours a day, every day.
• Do more than flop on the couch in front of the TV after work.
• Explore and develop new interests and activities in their spare time.
Exercise or play sports.
• Spend quality time with family and friends on the weekend.

Without a way to renew their energy levels abundantly, people will rarely accomplish all they set out to do. Even if they do, they might find they do it half-heartedly, merely going through the motions, so that the satisfaction one could derive from it is greatly diminished.
Consequently, I started my quest, searching for my own answers to modern workday energy dilemmas:

• How could I produce 14 hours of work for weeks at a time without losing my enthusiasm, creativity and enjoyment of the work I am producing…?

• While simultaneously maintaining my energy, mood, happiness, and well-being for the duration of the project?
The answer was: I was lucky enough to have been using Energy Engineering intuitively. Then, I studied a few ideas on how to use energy engineering, so you can do the same!

Author's Bio: 

With over 20 years of experience gained across television, radio and print, Maria Khalifé brings to her clients knowledge and understanding in holistic and motivational living. Maria brings to the world powerful life-changing experiences for those who seek extraordinary lives and want to reach their maximum potential. Maria can help you to uncover your true dynamic self. Please visit http://www.changecoachinginstitute.com