I have read hundreds of books on the path to success. I have spoken with dozens of highly successful people - in multiple fields of endeavor. My objective is to find the common threads, the lessons that any one of us can employ to achieve our own particular objectives.
Although rarely communicated in this fashion, one of my most important "take-away's" is that successful people (either consciously or unconsciously) develop life styles that conserve personal energy for all things EXCEPT activity that can move them closer to their goals.
In prior blogs I have spoken to routines … how developing continuing predictable habits and schedules can facilitate the path to success. These routines are not just about putting aside time for specific activity. These routines are also about the allocation of energy to just those activities that can have a positive impact in a movement toward one's aspirations.
You are burning energy every second of your day (even when you are sleeping). And, you only have so much of it. Let's just say you have 100 units of energy for your 24 hour day (note the similarity between energy and time). How you choose to spend that energy (and time) is going to have a tremendous amount of influence over what your life looks like in a year, or ten.
Success types realize that we all have a finite opportunity to realize our aspirations. We have so much time to get there. We have so much energy to consume on the path. And they expend their energy in ways that are most likely to bring them to where they want to be.
So, as you hopefully do with your time, think about how you expend your energy. Is it being invested in those endeavors most likely to take you to personal ambition?