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 here’s a way to crank up your engine: Act more energetic. That sounds like shallow, positive-thinking hype, but it’s actually based on solid evidence: It works.
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
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
But times have changed. It’s 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. There’s no longer any need to conserve energy, but
your genes don’t know it. They’ve still got their orders, like a
soldier in a jungle who was never told the war is over.
can be more energetic, but you’ll have to override your feelings. And
you can do this. You’ll have to essentially ignore the natural laziness
we all share.
The way to override your body’s prime directive is to act energetic whether you feel like it or not.
truth is, you are energetic when you act that way, regardless of how
you feel. Listen to what I’m 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.
don’t 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
So don’t wait until you feel energetic before you act. Act first. The feelings will follow.
This is a chapter from the book, Self-Help Stuff That Works.