You Thought Gas Was Expensive. Humans Need Four Types of Fuel.

Did you know that only 20 percent of us feel fully engaged at work, according to one global study of 90,000 employees across 18 countries. Forty percent of us are actively disengaged. In the words of Tony Schwartz of The Energy Project, “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working”.

The team at the Energy Project says that to move beyond the survival zone to the performance zone we have to realize that human beings are designed to pulse. We’re most productive when we move between expending energy and intermittently renewing our four energy needs: sustainability (physical), security (emotional); self-expression (mental) and significance (spiritual).

I was initially attracted to Tony’s book, because the four energy needs map exactly to Covey’s four dimensions of growth in the “Sharpening the Saw” habit of the 7 Habits. Tony takes Sharpening the Saw to the next level by giving us specific instructions and exercises to refuel each dimension. The Energy Project website even has a cool tool that tells you which activities are best to perform depending on your current energy dimension reading.

If you want to improve your energy, your performance and your life, head over to the site or take a look at the book. But don’t worry, you don’t have to give up you your daily Starbucks.