Want Less Strain, More Flow Through The Day?
Use The 2nd Principle of Brain (And Energy) Management
If your days feel more strained than you’d like, what you learn here today may be the best 5 minute investment of your life.
I know that’s a big claim. That your time and energy are your most valuable assets, so I challenge you to hold me to it.
It’s common knowledge four out of five businesses fail in the first five years – because the business owner has too many demands on their time. Of the remaining 20 percent that do pass the five year mark, the majority either just hold their nose above water, or sacrifice their physical / mental health, relationship and personal interests in pursuit of their business success.
These sobering facts deserve serious consideration. To do so, we should revisit WHY we got into business in the first place.
While the details vary, most of us started our business in pursuit of freedom. Whether motivated to have:
- The freedom to express ourselves and make an impact…
- The time and money to customize design our lifestyle…
- The ability not to kowtow or conform to someone else’s agenda.
Or like me, a combination of all three.
The problem is, if you’re straining it means you’re stuck in survival mode. That means you’re cellular intelligence knows your foundation is too weak to for thrive mode. That’s because thrive mode is about sharing your energy broadly to benefit your environment / community ecosystem.
Becoming vital by building your vitality.
The good news is, with the right system to follow, it doesn’t take long to put a more empowered foundation in place.
Aligning your business success path with the impact, time, money and lifestyle freedom you started on the journey for in the first place.
The Power of Flow
So what exactly is flow, and what does it have to do with power?
By it’s very nature, “flow” is dynamic, characterized by energy flowing freely through a channel.
In this case, your energy flowing unobstructed from your brain (with your plans), through your body (with your actions) outward, through your business, social or personal life.
Energy is power. Power builds when it’s harnessed to flow through channels; Cultivated from from raw material in your gut, and directed by your brain, through brain waves, which send and receive messages via meridian channels that run throughout your body.
It gains or loses velocity, based on the volume of energy running freely and unobstructed through these channels.
Velocity is important because it determines the degree of power produced.
That’s why there’s more energy (power) where a wide river narrows through a gorge… and why people who are physically fit have more energy than those who are weak or sedentary.
Your immune system governs your cellular intelligence. You can’t trick your immune system, no matter how many brain hacks you learn that provide little bumps of short lived phenomena to get you through the day. It’s either strong, energized and vibrant… or it’s depleted and weak, in need of protection.
There’s another aspect to cellular intelligence informing whether you are in survival mode, straining for enough energy to get by… or thrive mode, overflowing with abundant energy to share.
And that’s how well you harness it. How well you direct your energy.
If you are scattering your energy on everything and everyone who comes along (multitasking, social media, emails) just to stay on top of the influx of demands on your time, it doesn’t matter how much energy you bring in. It will be too easily depleted.
It’s like getting caught on a hamster wheel, peddling hard, exerting a lot of energy… but going nowhere.
3 Principles Of Brain (And Energy) Management
Three principles of brain (and energy) management are foundational to creating success in life and business.
They revitalize and empower you from the inside out. From your physical core (your gut) and your brain stem (inner knowing).
Mastering them empowers you to stand tall and build a business and personal life you are proud of. Allowing your work, exercise and playtime to infuse you and others with energy, instead of depleting it before noon rolls around.
If you want to rewire your brain (and cellular intelligence) to shift from “survive” into “thrive” mode, here’s what you need to do.
1. Put Your Health First
The 1st Principle of Energy: Water Up / Fire Down. Starts with restoring a healthy stress response and blood circulation.
Using it you’ll release stress, along with stagnant energy and tension from your muscles and joints(blockages). Regaining control of your basic primitive brain function and immune system. For more on how to release stress, see: “Release Stress With Water Up Fire Down Energy Circulation”.
Next you use it to gather energy in your core (your gut) and build vitality by improving your digestive function. Nourishing your internal organs, so you extract nutrients and eliminate waste and toxins efficiently.
This signals to your brain that you are energy efficient, vibrant, with the vitality to meet your basic needs.
Naturally, your interests will evolve from survival mode – to thrive mode.
And evolve from focusing on getting your basic physical needs met, to sharing your energy and deepening your connections to others. Having your emotional needs met. Feeling valuable and contributing energetically to your ecosystem, within your home and community.
2. Get Clear and Focused On Your Priorities
The 2nd Principle of Energy: “As physical energy builds, the heart opens, and mind clears”, aligns with Maslow’s Law of Hierarchal needs.
As a modern day entrepreneur and traditional trainer in Tao leadership, I personally find Maslow’s Law of Hierarchal Needs, and the triune brain model an ideal framework to share the 3 Principles of Brain (and energy) Management. These principles have silently informed Taoist practices, eastern philosophy and medicine for over 10,000 years!
Maslow’s theory illustrates the path to human fulfilment. That humans have 3 layers of needs; physical, emotional and spiritual that directly relate to the 3 domains of our brain.
Our physical needs correspond to our primitive brain(unconscious domain), the brain stem.
Our emotional needs correspond to our mammalian brain (subconscious domain), limbic system.
Our spiritual needs correspond with our primate brain (conscious, analytical domain), our cerebrum and neo cortex.
That reaching fulfilment requires all three domains are working harmoniously, on the same team. Resulting in our health, happiness and peace. A peaceful brain is characterized as peaceful, productive, and creative.
To achieve these 3 treasures, in a sustainable way requires creating a solid foundation (illustrated with the triangle).
To be sustainable it must be built on a foundation of physical health. Then happiness from connection. Then peace and fulfilment by creating.
Getting clear about your priorities, is the foundation of empowerment because it gives you a direction to channel your energy.
It connects you to your core on an emotional level. Challenges you to appraise your skills and capabilities and grow.
It becomes cellular by clearing energy blockages and stagnancies through your meridians, simultaneously clearing your emotions and subconscious mind.
In Taoist practices we do this by cultivating “Qi- Energy”. Harmonizing your 3 treasures, so you can thrive as your brain was designed and intended.
It’s no coincidence as your Qi-energy flows your mind, and day does as well.
Or that as your physical body empowers, your confidence grows. That’s just another view of the shift. Your brain knows…
With confidence, you’re more likely to try new things, grow to the next level. Take calculated risks to develop new skills. Secure in the knowledge a few mistakes and scrapes won’t destroy you.
It allows you to “zoom out” into the bigger picture. Be more objective and emotionally mature. Less ruled by passing emotions.
This, in turn enriches your relationships while inspiring respect and loyalty from others.
It provides a farsightedness, that easily trumps the short term needs, frustrations and desires that sabotage those stuck in survival mode.
Clearing dross from the subconscious mind, removing obstacles, changing your character and self sabotaging behavior.
Practitioners find their step is lighter and heart more open, less guarded.
The ultimate in this stage is creating higher purpose, generosity, wisdom, acceptance, and unconditional love.
Knowing who you are, what you want, and staying centered and connected to create it.
3. Harness Your Time And Energy
Now this gets interesting! The 3rd Principle Of Energy: “Where mind goes, energy follows, matter forms”
This is where ancient practices developed over thousand of years by the worlds finest minds all find common value… Even though application and context vary through the ages and socio-economic factors.
This principle involves brightening your mind to a finely tuned stated of awareness. Synchronicity becomes the norm, and daily life feels miraculous. Which it is.
The 3rd principle of brain and energy management will guide you to quieten the noise, and hone your mind to a crystal clear state of awareness.
Leveraging the power of your body, mind and spirit to move with an economy of motion to maximize your results.
Stay tuned for next weeks article, where I’ll share exactly how you can harness your mind and energy to double your impact with less effort.
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