Gerry Hussey explains the power of having a CODE, a calendar of daily events – five or six things that you can commit to everyday.
As part of our WellGood challenge with KBC, Gerry is encouraging everyone to look at their own person CODE.
These 5 or 6 little things will replenish as life challenges and life in general takes hold. You will have a calendar of daily events, of little things that you can do on a daily basis to replenish all of that energy, composure and confidence.
Developing this code and committing to these behaviours is a really powerful transforming thing.
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Gerry explains it like this: “We are all aware that energy management during a sporting event is a critical factor of performance. Think of a runner or cyclist and the way they have to pace themselves, stick to tactical plans and physically and mentally respond to various factors as the race unfolds.
“Energy management in this manner is obvious and accepted as essential. But energy management is also a critical component outside of the actual performance.”
Go on Gerry
A prime example of this is during in the 2012 Olympic games. The Irish boxing team, which I was working with, in the first week of competition (a week is 10,080 minutes), were only in competition for 9 minutes.
In the biggest sporting event in the world, having trained for years to get there, it all came down to our ability to stay relaxed, composed, energised and alert. But not anxious or inappropriately nervous. It was also important we could “switch on” in a super focused way when you needed to.
What was critical
Critical to our success at these games was how well we could manage the boxer’s and support teams energy levels, mood states, physical activity and sleep. As well as building in very important emotional and physical recovery sessions in this period.
It’s worth noting that the Olympic village is one of the most bizarre, unnatural and potentially distracting environments on the planet. It has the potential to distract and sap energy if you don’t have an excellent energy management routine.
Energy management is not just about managing our physical capacity or conditioning. It is not just important to athletes. Energy underpins wellness and wellness underpins performance.
How does it apply to me?
In our lives we all perform in different roles. On a weekly basis we are the parent and the boss. The employee and the friend. The sibling and the problem solver. The friend or the foe. In each role there is a specific type and quality of performance demanded and expected from us. Our boss doesn’t expect us to spend the day focused on our families. Our families don’t expect us to be focused on work when we are with them.
Yet each role expects us to be alert, energised and totally present to them at that moment. Plus, on top of this, we are also expected to find time every day to be completely present to ourselves. As we all know this is far easier said than done; with so many competing factors looking for our attention and our focus.
So what can I do?
Our cognitive, emotional and physical activity all combine to place a collective load on our systems. They are all important systems in themselves but they are also all intimately connected.
What you think gives rise to an emotion, that emotion then gives way to a behaviour. That behaviour is then picked up by the subconscious and a new thought begins to fit this behaviour. It is a powerful self-feeding cycle.
The movement of energy in and between these systems is what we call loading. As we engage with and navigate the demands on this, this self-feeding is happening at a remarkable pace. We are consciously and unconsciously responding and reacting to a million stimulus. All this builds up to a big loading process happening all the time.
How can I manage it?
Proactive management of this loading allows us to be alert, refreshed, focused and energetic. If badly managed, it facilitates us to becoming, fatigued, anxious, distracted and constantly chasing our tails.
It is not just athletic or physical activity that places loads on our systems. Phone calls, driving, traffic, cooking etc, are all activities that require energy and focus. Therefore these are all activities that take energy out of our system, which at some stage needs to be re-energised and replaced.
If you think of the amount of thoughts you have from the minute you wake up in the morning until you fall asleep at night and all the energy that is taken out of your system throughout the day; you will find that most of the time your energy system is a one way system that leads energy away from you.
An exercise I do with a lot of my clients is to get them to make an energy map of their typical day and week. It’s another simple but very important exercise. Write out your weekly schedule as normal and break each time into one hour slots; from the time you wake up until you go to sleep.
Write in the times and then beside the times write in the activity that goes with that. Then beside the activity write in the cognitive or mental thoughts that go with that activity. Then beside that write the emotional response.
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