The Most Powerful Stimulant

by Rachel Miller

July 2, 2021

ABOVE :Aziz Acharki

Do you want more energy? Do more—not meaningless tasks, but meaningful life work; not by other’s standards, but by your own: what fills you, moves you, excites you, motivates you.

Action begets energy. The more you do things that energize you, the more energy you have to do the things that drain your energy. When you wake at 5 am to do that thing you love, when you craft out sacred time to do that thing that nourishes you, you get more energy than you can account for in return—you might even worry for a second that you’re manic. It’s odd. You have more patience; you don’t react to things the way you used to; you feel calm, things roll off your back a little easier—that’s what you get when you create energy for yourself through action; that’s what you get when you do what you love, first.

Try an experiment:

  • What energizes you, excites you? What do you wish you have more time for? What do you wish you had a day off to do but never seem to get around to doing?
  • Schedule in time to do that thing first, before all others, regardless of the tasks before you. Carve out sufficient time to immerse yourself so that you’re not rushed.
  • When you have those “need-to-do” thoughts arise (which you will), remind yourself that there’s more than enough time to do everything you need to do—this takes precedence.
  • Do what’s most important to you first, then serve others with that boundless, magical energy you’ve instilled in yourself. 

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