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2005: Issue 12

The Rising Cost of Energy

The other day I asked a client of mine why most of us abandon our self-improvement plans so readily and she replied, “It’s too difficult to change yourself. Who wants to work that hard? Besides, I don’t think most of us know how to go about identifying and pursuing life goals.” She was right on all counts.

Stated differently, we fail to follow through on our good intentions for several reasons:

  • We have never learned the process of deliberately and relentlessly identifying who we are as individuals and what we need. We are enacting roles written for us by others. We do not create our own parts.
  • We have no clue from where we get our energy – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – or where and how we ultimately expend it. As such, we have no strategic plan for generating and investing energy and thus we squander it away, our most precious personal resource. We literally run out of steam.
  • We fail to identify the power of habits, and the numerous habits – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual – that permeate our lives, day-in and day-out.

In his essay, “What Makes You Tired – And What You Can Do About It,” 20th century entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dale Carnegie, attests that “Mental work alone can’t make you tired.” Citing multiple sources, Carnegie argues that most, if not all, fatigue that workers in good health feel stems from emotional factors.

What kinds of emotional factors tire the average person? Joy? Contentment? No, never, according to Carnegie. Boredom, resentment, anxiety, and worry top the list of emotional factors that can tire us. Feelings of futility, of not being appreciated, or of being hurried exhaust us, make us susceptible to colds, reduce our output, and send us home with nervous headaches. We get tired because our emotions produce negative tensions in the body.

When we are tired, our productivity decreases… exponentially, and our chance of error increases… exponentially. Thus, living life in a tired, depleted state is essentially robbing you of money and time. All the more reason to maintain a positive energy flow.

Most of our society is running on empty without realizing the high price we pay to do so. Perhaps the increasing cost of gasoline is more symbolic than we realized.

We have the intellectual capacity to control our thoughts, and to truly feel our emotions, all of them. The key is to have our thoughts and emotions work for us as energy sources rather than against us as energy drains. This often takes concerted focus and attention on our part but the ultimate rewards are priceless – more time to do what we want to do; less rework; more joy and happiness; more money to name just a few.

1. Practice strength training with your emotional muscles, remembering to push past your current limits and allow for recovery. i.e., If feeling frustrated because of the long line at the check-out stand, acknowledge your frustration, shift it to patience, and take the opportunity to breath deep for a few seconds while waiting.
2. Engage in a minimum of two activities a day that are enjoyable, fulfilling and affirming.
3. Identify at least 10 emotional and mental energy drains. Plug them; thus eliminate, neutralize (it is what it is) or replace them.

ABOUT Extra Ordinary Living

Taking their learning from 20+ years in corporate healthcare, Janet Crawford and David Scheiderer, MD formed Extra Ordinary Living, Inc. in 2003 with an intention of helping physicians, other healthcare professionals and their organizations identify possibilities and opportunities, remove obstacles, and ultimately, optimize results.

Usually the first question we are asked, is why Tiberius? Our trivia friends usually can identify the references……yes, Tiberius was the 2nd Roman emperor, and yes, Tiberius is the middle name of James T. Kirk from Star Trek. One of our life mottos and business principles is “to learn from the past, look to the future but live in the present;” thus, Extra Ordinary Living.

As Executive and Professional Coaches, we are trained to listen, to observe and to customize our approach to our client's needs. We provide tools, support, structure and accountability to help our clients unleash their full potential and optimize results. There are so many reasons for physicians in particular to feel disenchanted with their chosen profession, their calling. Having a coach helps them get back in touch with their passion for being a healer.

The best thing about coaching is that it is all about you and what you want. We may share our opinions and give you advice, but it is up to you to pick and choose what you want to accept. We suspend judgment and will support you in your decisions.

As Professional Speakers, our messages are inspirational while imparting useful, practical and memorable information in a fun and dynamic way to help you in your pursuit of authentic happiness, and the enjoyment of deep life experiences.


June 24, 2005
Janet will be speaking at the regional meeting of Medical Staff Services Professionals in Richmond.  Her topic will be Leveraging the Power of Language….for your success and the success of those around you. 

Tiberius Rx ... written by a physician for physicians and those who love them, work with them, or befriend them, and want to enjoy deep life experiences while more effectively pursuing a life of happiness.

How do I change?
If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labour.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.

- Og Mandino


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Issue 14
Flashing Lights