Get the energy to succeed!

You can’t hide lack of energy and motivation since it’s evident from how you carry yourself. Sit down somewhere and watch people walking and you will quickly notice whose got what it takes and who hasn’t. How are you going to be able to move forward and create new beginnings if you don’t have it? Who would hire or do business with someone without the drive and energy to succeed?

What kind of exercise you choose is entirely up to you. Personally I thrive on swimming, yoga, roller-blading and walking.

What kind of exercise you choose is entirely up to you. Personally I thrive on swimming, yoga, roller-blading and walking.

To be inspired will not be enough if you don’t have both the physical and mental energy it takes to succeed. What excuse do you have for not exercising, sleeping enough and making sure you get the nutrition you need, both for your health and mental well-being.

At least half an hour a day

When you are tired and under stimulated you don’t perform well and your results consequently leave a lot to be desired. So now is the time to change that. You have to make the time and it’s not more expensive, or difficult, to lead your life in ways that give you energy. Are you getting the nutrition you need through what you are eating? Are you exercising enough? At least half an hour a day?  Are you sleeping enough? Have you got positive relations with the people around you? How about goals? Have you set them yet? And are you taking time out for yourself to be able to think and reflect on what is important to you and why? Not to mention learning from what is not working out the way you intended?

What kind of exercise do you do?

There is no set formula for this since we are all different. What kind of exercise you do is entirely up to you. Personally thrive on swimming, yoga, roller-blading and walking. But if you prefer football, jogging or whatever that’s what you should do. Exercising makes your body produce endorphins, which is like a natural feel good drug. And yoga has the added benefit of completely removing stress if you breathe properly while doing it. Not to mention pranayama, the yogic breathing exercises, that have amazing benefits on your health an well-being. Sauna and steam baths are great too since you sweat out the negative energy.

You are what you eat!

Whenever I’m in a supermarket anywhere in the world I’m amazed at what people have in their trolleys. Not as bad as junk food, but almost. There is very little nutrition left in such food, so how about eating more fresh vegetables, fruit, whole-grain bread and other good sources of fibre? And to be on the safe side, take at least a multivitamin supplement to make sure you get everything you need. Sleeping enough to recover and repair is essential. You may be one of the lucky ones that thrive on four hours a day or you may need eight? Personally I’m fine as long as I get six hours. Anything less and I’m tired. You know how much you need, so just make sure you get it.

Avoid negativity

Being surrounded by negative people have a really bad impact on you. How about trying to improve relations, when possible? Failing that I would suggest you just ignore negative people and the discouraging comments you get. Simply make an effort to be tolerant and accept that what he/she thinks is his/her opinion. We’re all different and whose right and whose wrong? Regarding goals, if you don’t know what you are aiming for, where will you end up? Now is the time to decide what you really want to achieve in your life. But don’t be too rigid since that may prevent you from even noticing other lucrative possibilities that come your way.

Make plans and evaluate

Getting time for yourself may be difficult, but it’s essential in order to move on. If nothing else how about thinking through what happened during the day and how you could have done better just before you go to sleep? And then first thing in the morning thinking through and deciding what you would like to achieve during the day. And whatever you do, don’t feel sorry for yourself or, worse, start drinking or doing drugs, because then you really are doomed. Sitting at home watching television is not a good idea either. Read inspiring books about people who have achieved something, Dale Carnegie or other motivating authors.

Scientists have actually proven that flowers and plants make us more creative and able to come up with innovative solutions to problems. So get out in nature and get energy. Not only is it delightful but it also brings you closer to your goals. Even buying a plant will have a positive affect on you. So what are you waiting for, make an effort, get more energy and succeed! No health – no wealth, is another way of putting it.

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61 Responses to “Get the energy to succeed!”

  1. Aya R. ElGebeely Says:

    The fast pace of our lives make us forget the Human factor , to realize the fact that we are humans, not machines ..

    Human beings need to eat, sleep, have fun, socialize.. and work !

    If we skipped other parameters from the formula it will be unbalanced , and life will be a nightmare .. it's the time when nothing makes you happy, and you do not feel any value from anything you are doing, sometimes i fall in this trap, when life is rushing and everything is going on extremely fast , when I come home at night by 8:00 pm to wake up next day at 6:00 am go again to work and so on ..

    I find my immunity falling and get sick , I start to be more tense and nervous which in turn creates more problems with people around me, and this gets me more stressed .. and so on the endless loop of hesitation and frustration ..

    When I reach this point, I tell myself, hey , STOP , take a deep breath, re-evaluate , take a small break to reflect and see what, where , when ,how and why I'm in this awful situation ..

    I liked your post a lot, and in my normal life I tend to follow this, to have a small walk before going to job, I meet with my friends, I see my family and sometimes play video games with my brother :)

    but at rush times, we forget everything, and then we turn again to Machines..

    I think the baseline is how to stay disciplined and organized when everything around you is calling you to panic ..

    I'd like to mention that I'm a Muslim, but being so helps a lot in such situations, there a Hadeeth (words) for Prophet Muhamed (PBUH) he says:

    قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم:" إن لبدنك عليك حقاً، وإن لأهلك

    عليك حقاً، وإن لربك عليك حقاً؛ فأعط لكل ذي حقٍ حقه"

    which means:" Your health and body have right on you, And your family have a right on you ِ And God "Allah – Subhanah wa Ta'ala" has right on you, So give each one his right "

    It's about being in the middle, and to be fair enough with every aspect in our lives

    when things crash up and the storm begins, what stabilizes me is the Faith in Allah Almighty, that Allah will never let you down, as long as you are doing your best.. as it was mentioned in the holy Qura'an

    "And be patient, for surely Allah does not waste the reward of the good-doers" Sorat Hud 11:115

    Sorry for my long comments, but your lovely post let pushed me to share my personal thoughts with you ..

    Thanks a lot and waiting for more :)

  2. GuyW Says:

    A great reminder on how to get the best out of life, whatever your circumstances, Catarina!

    As you say, being out of work is no reason not to get used to a healthy lifestyle – in fact, with the extra time on your hands you now have no excuse NOT to exercise, to eat healthy home-cooked meals (they are cheaper and better for you than "junk food"), and to expand your horizons.

    Use the time between jobs to upgrade your skills or learn new ones. People who are active, engaging, interesting and positive have much better employment prospects than negative couch-potatoes.

    Don't wait for January 1st: start working on the "New You" today…

  3. catarinaalexon Says:

    Good points Guy!

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  4. catarinaalexon Says:

    Aya I like your quotes from the Quran. There is more to life than meets the eye i.e. In Sh'Allah in the true sense.

  5. catarinaalexon Says:

    Have you started yet Guy?

  6. GuyW Says:

    Absolutely – I'm, in the gym at 6 every morning when it opens; eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, have reduced red meat and increased fish consumption. I watch very little TV anyway (mainly a new bulletin or two a day) and continue to spend time learning new things, as I have always done.

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  8. Stefan Says:

    as some proverbs say:
    Do not work, play instead!
    Do not live, play instead!
    Do not think about problems, follow them instead!
    Do not catch up with life, let it catch up with you instead!
    etc. etc.

    Very nice post-overview on the good way of creating the the personal vision about world around, should be thought in school with many more additional things . .but thats a different topic :)

    Nice blog and writing Caterina, wish you look and would be following your posts on linkedin with pleasure.

  9. catarinaalexon Says:

    Hello and thanks.

    Why don't you just click on the subscribe button or simply follow me on Twitter, or Linkedin?

  10. Jay Yurkiewicz Says:

    You know I would not be able to resist a comment on subjects that are of so much interest to me: determinants of success, motivation/desire/energy to persevere in pursuit of excellence, goal setting & its impact on performance, behavioral and psychological (and environmental) factors, etc, etc.
    I hope you don’t mind, but I think somebody else’s words will do a better job in conveying my thoughts. A while back I came across an article (“Self-Motivation: The Desire to Succeed” by Matthew Hick and I added it to my ongoing collection of “stuff for future reference”…..I think this article addresses many of your questions/issues – I like the concise and nature of the piece.
    WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR PIECE: IT ADDRESSES 1) Personality traits (or, in other words, our genetic make-up), 2) behavioral factors, and 3) environmental/external factors.
    ALSO, SOME OF THE AUTHOR’S “VIEWS” WOULD FIT IN VERY NICELY WITH MY DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (IE, GOAL-SETTING AS PREDICTOR OF SUCCESS). I don’t believe author’s permission is required for me to post the article & I provided full reference below, too.
    In any case: a nice, concise article that includes much specific suggestion re: improving one’s performance/becoming more successful. Unfortunately, it does not mention yoga 

    Self-Motivation: The Desire to Succeed By: Matthew Hick, Nov 09, 2006

    It's 6 in the morning. The alarm clock is buzzing, and you're thinking to yourself, "What's the point in getting up this early for work?" For some of us, the motivation is simply the desire to shut off the clock that is vibrating off the nightstand. But for others, it is truly self-motivation. It is an internal alarm clock that motivates a person to make the best of his or her day.
    Certainly, everyone wants to succeed in the world. Everyone wants to have a purpose, to be at the top of the corporate ladder, or to be the best he or she can be in any given area. But why do some people succeed in doing these things, and others do not? The answer is: self-motivation.
    There are several factors that contribute to self-motivation. They include:
    -Desire to succeed
    -Will power
    -Mental stability
    -Life goals
    -Daily activities
    -Daily pleasures
    All of these factors will directly affect success in a career, in academics, in playing sports, and in marriage and parenting. Whether you desire the highest position possible at your job, or graduating with a 4.0 grade point average, you need self-motivation to do it. Self-motivation drives an athlete to score the winning soccer goal, just as it drives a parent to be a good role model for a child.
    Along with the desire to succeed comes mental stability. Everyone has a bad day here and there; but what self-motivates a person to continue on with the bad day? The answer is mental stability. The mind is a great force. When you put your mind to accomplishing something, you will try your best to do it. As a result, your will power is tested. Being able to stay self-motivated and focused on what is important rather than "throwing in the towel" allows you to succeed in the end. Will power, mental stability, and the desire to succeed are all the result of self-motivation.
    Another factor that drives self-motivation is the family unit. Family can self-motivate an individual to be successful. An individual – especially a working spouse – will crave the family's pride and approval. The working spouse self-motivates himself or herself simply by worrying whether or not the family is taken care of financially. The working spouse will most likely want to earn a high paycheck, and in the end provide for the family. Children often idolize their parents and will mimic what they see their parents doing. In the end self-motivation is passed on from one generation to the next, as it is an important role in family affairs.
    Lastly, self-motivation is driven by daily goals and basic daily routines such as losing weight or learning how to play a sport. The simple daily pleasure of waking up to see the sun shine, to hear the birds singing, or even listening to the rain are all pleasures which can self-motivate a person to get up in the morning.

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  11. Julia M Lindsey Says:

    I am always amazed at the people that say they are to tired and dont have the time to pursue a dream. I then find out that they never miss the latest episode of a TV program.

    For me exercise is what keeps me motivated to succeed. It is during exercise that I clear my mind, create new ideas, and plan my day. I watch very little TV and I require only 5 hours of sleep. This last week I was on Vacation from work (staying at home). I have been less motivated than I usually am because dont have a focus or goals to drive me to get something done.

  12. catarinaalexon Says:

    Goog points Julia. Wish, like you, that I only needed 5 hours of sleep. Exercise is amazing when it comes to motivation isn't it.

  13. heather Says:

    I do everything you recommend. I exercise daily. I get enough sleep. I eat healthfully and I take time for myself. I have a ton of ideas written down in a little notebook that I take with me everywhere – and there they stay – because I don't have the time to implement them. My energy is great though!

  14. catarinaalexon Says:

    No wonder we both have so much energy Heather!

  15. catarinaalexon Says:

    Thanks for posting someone else's thoughts, Jay! You really made me laugh with this one..:).

  16. Jay Yurkiewicz Says:

    I guess it's a bit ironic that I lack ENERGY to comment on an article about ENERGY…can we call it "efficient use of a limited resource", namely ENERGY :-).

  17. catarinaalexon Says:


  18. Caroline Says:

    The greatest medicine of all is to teach others how not to need it!
    This is in our human nature – we fully appreciate health only after we lose it.

    My small contribution to your important initiative:
    "Cancer is not a fatality, it’s… a personal choice." on my blog

  19. catarinaalexon Says:

    Agree with you Caroline! Pity medical science hasn't proved it yet. When they do, people will be much healthier.

  20. catarinaalexon Says:

    Thanks Chris. Seems we both do what's needed to have massive amounts of energy.

  21. Gavin Petrecca Says:

    When you get angry your IQ drops 20 points. — Douglas Baskins

  22. MichaelWensink Says:

    I take naps. And Megadose of B-12

  23. catarinaalexon Says:

    Good Michael. Hope it works for you.

  24. Slim Says:

    What a great post.

    It doesn't take much, really, to change someone's day, or to change someone's life.

    When I was beginning to think that there was no light at the end of the tunnel, you set me up with an rss feed. (Something I scarcely thought of, or looked at and dismissed), exchanged Twitter follows, gave me positive feedback.

    Thank you.


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  25. catarinaalexon Says:

    Glad you like it and it had a positive affect on you Slim.

  26. keepupweb Says:

    Well, this is a post that I can definitely relate to Catarina. You are so right about the importance of having energy. What we eat, how much we exercise and how much we sleep has such an impact on our daily life. The other thing that I find vital to having energy is to drink enough water. Staying hydrated is also important to our health. Nice refreshing post!
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  27. catarinaalexon Says:

    Good point about drinking enough water Sherryl. Had to drink 3-4 liters of water a day in Riyadh.

  28. Renel Says:

    Great post especially for the first month of the new year to get focus throughout life. Will share it!

  29. catarinaalexon Says:

    Glad you like it Renel.

  30. Doreen Pendgracs Says:

    I love this post, Catarina!

    I certainly eat well and healthy and I try to remain positive and focused. Where I'm falling down right now is with respect to exercise. We live in such a bitter climate that during this excessively cold winter, I've really just wanted to hibernate! The good thing is that winter is half over, I'm heading to Hawaii next month where I can get outside and enjoy the fresh warm sea breeze, and then hopefully get back to being my usually active self on my return.
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  31. catarinaalexon Says:

    Thank you, Doreen. Hope you enjoy Hawaii and get lots of exercise.

  32. jacquiegum Says:

    Great post Catarina! Personally, exercise is the ticket for me. When I don't, I not only feel sluggish physically, but emotionally as well. There is a lot to be said for keeping those endorphins going! Diet is important too!
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  33. Gabbi Says:

    Your post reminds me of the saying "You are what you eat." It's hard to realize how important good eating and exercise habits are until you slip up and realize the negative effects. I am personally crawling my way back to a healthy lifestyle after a 6-month hiatus. Great post!
    My recent post 3 Perks of Being On Your Own

  34. catarinaalexon Says:

    Glad you like it, Jacqueline. Good points you make.

  35. catarinaalexon Says:

    Good luck with getting into shape, Gabbi.

  36. cheryltherrien Says:

    Wow… I don't think I have ever read a post from you quite like this one. I love it! I also agree with it. :)
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  37. catarinaalexon Says:

    Glad you loveand agree with my article, Cheryl! Catch is number or readers go down with this kind of subject:-)

  38. Susan P Cooper Says:

    How true this is. It's impossible to hide the lack of desire and energy when you're trying to accomplish anything. That said, this is very timely for me. I have been struggling with all of this. I really need to get back to doing what I know is good for me. I need to start back walking and getting more sleep. I know if I start with that I will start feeling better and will find a way to do what ever it is I need to do next. Thank you for the kick in the butt. :-) Now, I'm off to do my walk. :-)))
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  39. Bindhurani Says:

    I agree to you no health, no wealth. But, still,I have to push myself to make a move to exercise. when the weather is nicer I love to have long walks. When it is so bone chilling cold, I push myself to do few wall push-ups and awkward dance movements (making sure, no one is watching)
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  40. JeriWB Says:

    I try to make a point to eat healthy foods and exercise, but the last six months have been tough because moving always makes it hard to adjust to new routines. I do use a FitBit and that's been a big help to enable me to stay aware of my activity on a given day. I'm certainly grumpier when I am lacking in these things. Sleep is always hit and miss. Negativity is my nemesis and seems to run in my family. Mainly, I think it all boils down to being mindful of how we treat ourselves while not being too unforgiving when we don't always follow through.
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  41. catarinaalexon Says:

    Good points you make, Jeri. Agree with you that not demanding too much from ourselves is crucial to well-being.

  42. catarinaalexon Says:

    Glad you agree with me about no health, no wealth, Bindu. Imagine being a multi billionaire but not being able to enjoy life because you have a lethal illness:-)

  43. catarinaalexon Says:

    Glad you got a kick in the butt, Susan. Have no doubt you will get into shape.

  44. yearwoodcom Says:

    Catarina, this post brought a smile to my face. I have been changing things up in my life lately because I was turning into that slow moving unmotivated person I DIDN'T want t be. Mixed in with all of the changes I was looking at (all of the things you mention above) was that I started bringing fresh flowers into the house on a regular basis. I was feeling a little self-indulgent every time I did it, but it felt right. You have now provided me with the evidence to support my instinct. :)
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  45. catarinaalexon Says:

    Glad my article brought a smile to your face and was timely, Debra.

  46. Jeannette Paladino Says:

    I need to exercise more, do doubt. Because I live in New York City, I'm a walker. Luckily I love to walk so that's my principle exercise. I also love fruit and vegetables. But I could do more and I always feel guilty when I don't
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  47. catarinaalexon Says:

    Love walking as well, Jeannette. No matter where I am apart from the Middle East because cities there are build like L.A. so you have to go by car:-)

  48. akandrewwriter Says:

    Lots of really good points Catarina – thank you for reminding me. Actually, I read an article yesterday that said exercising(walking) for 10 minutes 3 x a day is actually more effective on lowering your blood pressure than 1 x30 minute walk. It's all about balance re: diet, lowering stress and exercise. But little and often on all aspects goes a long way.
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  49. catarinaalexon Says:

    Thank you, AK. Good points you make. If you need to lower your blood pressue do walk 10 minutes three times a day.

  50. Author of From Confusion To Clarity: Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less and Poetry For Living An Inspired Life: Poems as Spiritual Meditation Says:

    This is good post for beginning the new year. Most days especially during the winter, I don't get enough exercise. I do eat well and meditate, set goals, avoid becoming negative, etc. I find 5-6 hours of sleep to be enough most days, and when I don't, I listen to my body and take a nap or make it an early night. Since I have to walk my dog 3 times a day, if I make the walks a bit longer, on the days I'm not doing other exercise, that should work to improve my level of fitness.

  51. becc03 Says:

    This is very timely for me. As you know I have taken extended time off to try to get on top of things. That includes goals, how to make more time for my life (rather than the blog taking over my life), how to include exercise and increase my energy. Obviously, I have a lot of hurdles in my way when it comes to energy and the ability to exercise, but I am determined to get over them.
    You are so right in that you need energy to have others follow you. I have lost a lot due to my issues. When I was healthy and energetic I had a large group of friends and could easily make more. I had promotions and opportunities. I guess your energy produces more energy from others.
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  52. catarinaalexon Says:

    Sounds like you are doing an excellent job of keeping in shape.

  53. catarinaalexon Says:

    Keep up the good work, Rebecca. We all have obstacles, regardless of what they are:-)

  54. kindazennish Says:

    Great post! Sometimes it's hard to get up and get started, but it helps me to remember " A body in motion tends to stay in motion". I always have a better, more productive day if I start off with a run or some yoga.
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  55. catarinaalexon Says:

    Yes starting with exercise makes a difference, doesn't it, Kinda.

  56. Laurie Hurley Says:

    I can identify with everything your wrote. Physical and mental fitness is so important for optimal productivity. Nice post!
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  57. catarinaalexon Says:

    Glad you identify with the article and what needs to be done to be productive, Laurie.

  58. gmbishop Says:

    I definitely agree with the exercise and nutrition bits – you've got to exercise and eat right for enough energy. The planning and evaluating though is what caught my attention. I've been trying to get more into planning my day/week/month in terms of large goals and also sub-tasks to actually achieve the goals. There's something very energising about knowing that you have met your goals and that you are achieving the things that you want to. But you do need to constantly evaluate where things are at to know if you need to change your plans and make things simpler, or harder, based on how you are currently performing.
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  59. catarinaalexon Says:

    Exactly, Glenda. Your goals change all the time because life does, and we have to adapt to changing circumstances.

  60. andleeb Says:

    Exercise is very necessary to keep everyone fit and happy. We must take lot of liquids and eat healthy food.
    Greenery and nature have really pleasant effects on personality , I came to know from my elders that if we see greenery it sharpens our eyes ( i am not sure if it is correct ,,, but it is believed in our part)
    This is best advise to review whole day and think for betterment and start new day will a thought… so i will practice this from today
    Thank you for such a nice share

  61. catarinaalexon Says:

    Glad you agree with me, Andleeb. Have never heard about greenery sharpening our eyes, though:-) But maybe it does…

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