HERES AN ODD SUGGESTION: When youre
working, try to burn calories. Be useful, helpful, and as productive
as you can. Even if your job is sitting at a keyboard all day,
try to do it energetically and with enthusiasm. It may
seem stupid, but give it a try before you decide. Blast out your
effort like a thousand-watt bulb and heres what youll
get in return:
1. Youll be more energetic,
not less. Youd think it would wear you out, but thats
not the case, as you can find out for yourself by trying it.
You may have a pleasant sense of relaxation at the end of the
day, as you would from some good exercise, but it wont
make you tired. Holding back makes you tired. Going through
the motions makes you tired. Just trying to get through the day
makes you tired.
2. Youll advance faster. Of
course, when opportunities come around, the person putting their
all into the work (you, for instance) is going to be chosen over
the people who are getting by doing as little as possible. Obviously.
3. Your job will be more secure.
Giving your all will make you feel more secure in a sometimes
insecure world. And youll not only feel more secure,
your feeling will be an accurate perception of the reality.
4. Youll feel better about yourself.
It feels good to do well. And you can look your boss in the eye
and know s/hes getting a good deal. You can see that there
are very few people you work with (or none at all) who give their
all. The comparison between you and the rest of the pack will
make it very clear in your mind you can stand tall and proud
when your supervisor is around.
5. Youll improve your abilities
faster. Whatever skills your job requires will be honed more
quickly when youre giving it your all.
THE HUMAN BRAIN and body has a default
setting: Conserve energy. You know this from personal experience.
Its probably hardwired genetically and kicks in with the
onset of adulthood. You and I have a natural tendency to try
to be conservative with our energy output. Thats there
naturally, but youre not stuck with it. You can override
that default setting with a simple decision: Put out as much
effort as you can.
Put the decision into action and before
long, youll forget. Youll be back to your default
setting. When you notice youve gone back to the conserve
energy mode, decide again to try to burn calories. Remake
your decision again and again. Blasting out the energy wont
wear you out or make you tired. But it will make you feel
proud, secure, and confident.
When youre working, try
to burn calories.