ENERGY IS A BEAUTIFUL THING. A person with
a lot of energy can accomplish twice what someone without much
energy can and have more fun doing it. You get more life
with more energy. And heres a way to crank up your engine:
Act more energetic. That sounds like shallow, positive-thinking
hype, but its actually based on solid evidence: It works.
When you act more energetic, it stimulates
your body. Lying down is relaxing. Moving around is more stimulating.
Moving around quickly is even more stimulating. It gets the heart
pumping. It puts the mind in gear.
Our biology has evolved to fit a different
kind of world than the one in which we now find ourselves. There
were plenty of times in our prehistory when food was scarce.
People who wantonly used up energy would be the first to die,
leaving no offspring. The bodies following the prime directive
CONSERVE ENERGY passed their genes to us.
But times have changed. Its no longer
difficult to find food. If anything, food is difficult to avoid.
Calories are everywhere, hugely and abundantly available. As
a matter of fact, now a major concern for people in America is
being overweight. Times have changed dramatically. Theres
no longer any need to conserve energy, but your genes dont
know it. Theyve still got their orders, like a soldier
in a jungle who was never told the war is over.
You can be more energetic, but youll
have to override your feelings. And you can do this. Youll
have to essentially ignore the natural laziness we all share.
The way to override your bodys prime
directive is to act energetic whether you feel like it
The truth is, you are energetic
when you act that way, regardless of how you feel. Listen to
what Im saying here. You want to be more energetic? By
simply acting more energetic, you immediately become more energetic
in reality, in the same way that when you act ethical,
you are ethical, regardless of whether or not you were
tempted to do the wrong thing.
You can become more energetic in ten seconds.
Simply start acting more energetic.
You dont have to feel energetic
to be energetic. A nice bonus, however, is that often
when you act energetic, it will rev you up and make you feel
Experiments show that when people walk
quickly, it speeds up their metabolism, making them feel more
energetic, and this energetic feeling lasts for several hours
after the activity. Acting energetic physically changes your
body into a more energetic body.
So dont wait until you feel energetic
before you act. Act first. The feelings will follow.
Act more energetic.