Understanding Your Four Forms of Energy – Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast

Understanding Your Four Forms of Energy – Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast


– As a driven leader, chances are sometimes
you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or completely worn out. In this episode we’re gonna talk about the four different forms of energy, and I believe these forms
will actually help you refill, refresh, and lead with renewed passion. (gently chiming bells) – [Woman] This is the Craig
Groeschel Leadership Podcast. – Hey, welcome to another episode of the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast, where we are very passionate
about building leaders, because we know that everyone wins when the leader gets better. If you’re new with us, I want to welcome you to
our leadership community. I’ll tell you a little
bit about what we do. We release a new teaching on the first Thursday
of every single month. We’re gonna cover a lot of content, but we’re gonna cover it quickly, and so if you’d like
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you consume the content, and you’re willing to do that, that actually helps give it
exposure, so a big thank you. Today what I want to do is
talk about some big ideas that have really really
impacted my own leadership, my personal productivity,
and my well being. If you’re observant, here’s
what you’re gonna notice. You’ll likely notice that different tasks, different leadership responsibilities, and different types of interactions don’t just take a
different amount of energy, but it actually takes a
different type of energy. Different tasks don’t just take
different amounts of energy, but they take different types of energy. So before we dive into new content, let me just tell you, if you haven’t listened
to the previous episode, I highly recommend that you stop right now and listen to the previous episode, The Art of Energy Management. Once you’ve listened to that one, pick this one back up
and we’ll move forward. Let me give you a brief review and then we’ll dive into new content. Many people think we need
to manage our time better, and we might, but chances are you’d be
wise to manage your energy, because time is finite, but energy is actually a
replenishable resource. In other words, you
can’t create more time, but you can create more energy. In the last episode we
talked about experimenting in order to create the
optimal environments for our own rhythms and our
peak production and performance. In the last episode we
acknowledged a few things. Number one, you’re better at some things, at some times, than others. Number two, different tasks take different amounts of energy. In this episode I’d like
to add a third idea, and that’s this, number three, different tasks don’t just take
different amounts of energy, but they take different types of energy. We said it, but I want to dive into it. For years, honestly, in my leadership, I didn’t study or acknowledge that there were different forms of energy. What are the different forms of energy? There are four that I like to study, and these are the four forms of energy, or sometimes I’ll call
them the four energy tanks. We want to keep our energy tanks full. What are the four forms of energy? Number one, there’s physical energy. That’s pretty obvious to most people, but let’s start there, physical energy. Number two, there’s emotional energy, how you tend to relate to others and how you emotionally process what’s going on in your life. Number three, there’s mental or what we might say creative energy, the capacity to create, to
think, to dream, to plan. Number three, mental or creative energy. Number four, there’s spiritual energy. All of us have these four
different forms of energy, physical, emotional, mental or creative, and the number four, spiritual. If you find yourself
feeling drained, frustrated, out of energy, you might
be wise to diagnose which form of energy you’re lacking. Or another way to ask the question is which energy tank is empty? The reason you want to do this is because you want to be able to identify which tank needs refilling so
you can function at your best. Let’s talk about the four
different forms of energy. We’ll start with physical. This one’s obvious. What you’re gonna wanna do
is you’re gonna wanna try to answer the question, what rhythms, supplements, diet, exercises, routine, rest or recreation creates peak production
strength and energy? It’s a big question. Let me repeat it just so you
can listen and absorb it. What rhythms, supplements,
diet, exercises, routines, rest, recreation, creates peak
production energy and strength? Now personally, I’m about
nine years into detailed study about how my body responds
and performs based on the environment and what I take in. I’m gonna summarize and I’m
gonna get really detailed, and what I respond best
to is gonna be different to what your body responds best to, but I’m just gonna kinda unpack what I’ve been learning over
nine years of experiment. First of all, I’m better early in the
morning so I rise early. I take supplements that
my body responds best to and that my doctor recommends. I take multi vitamins, BCAAs,
fish oil, vitamin B and D. I hydrate with lots and lots
of water early in the day, along with some natural
energy enhancements early in the day. I eat in the morning,
protein and healthy carbs to give me energy as the day starts, then as the day moves on,
I’m very very high protein, very low carb throughout
the rest of the day. I snack on nuts, celery,
carrots, some peanut butter, some guacamole, and
occasional protein shakes. I rarely ever deviate from the diet. I actually eat the same thing
almost every day for lunch and the same thing almost every evening. You’re gonna say, “That’s
restrictive and boring.” Actually it’s not. To me it’s incredibly freeing. I don’t have to spend energy choosing. I like what I eat, and I like most of all that my body responds really well to it. In the evening I take
magnesium and cortisol manager. Later in the day, for mood enhancement and
to help me sleep better, I take no caffeine 10
hours before I go to bed, no screen time an hour before I go to bed, I sleep with a mask to
eliminate light coming in, and if you want to get really nerdy, I play cricket sounds for sleep on an app, and that actually helps me sleep better. What you’re gonna need to
do is experiment over time and find out what your
body responds best to, what kind of supplements,
what kind of diet. I’d recommend talking to a doctor or other health
professionals to get advice. Bottom line is you cannot
manage what you don’t measure. You’re gonna want to
experiment and find out, what do you physically respond best to? How do you create physical peak energy for your performance and fulfillment? Let’s talk about the
second form of energy, or second energy tank. We’ll call it emotional energy. This is super important. When you make difficult
decisions, and you do as a leader, or when you have difficult interactions, and you do as a leader, or you try to solve difficult problems, and that’s why you get
paid to be a leader, you drain your emotional energy. All these difficult types of task, they take emotional
tolls on you as a leader. This is so so so important. You cannot lead at the highest level, or love from the deepest
part of your heart, when you are emotionally empty. Let me say it again. You cannot lead from the highest level, or love from the deepest
part of your heart, when you are emotionally depleted or void. For some of you, this is
actually a very real problem. So many leaders, and this may be you, you’re struggling at home because you’ve depleted
your emotional tank at work and you’ve left nothing left for those that you love the most. What tends to happen? When you’re emotionally depleted,
you’re not at your best. That’s why you’d be wise to
know what specifically refills and replenishes your emotional tank. Some of you, it’s time with other people, like you go from office
to office, party to party, gaining energy the whole time. For others of you, that sounds like cruel
and unusual punishment. You don’t want to be with people. You recharge best when you’re alone, maybe when you’re reading
or listening to music, or journaling or reflecting or such. You’ll need to define what
it is specifically for you. Let me tell you what it works for me. For me, I need quality time with people that I love and trust intimately
to process my emotions. So for me it’s my wife Amy, or one of maybe five close friends, where I talk my emotions
out and I verbally process, and that refills my emotional tank. That’s what it is. There’s almost nothing else
that refills me emotionally. You’ll want to define what it is for you that refills and replenishes
that emotional tank. You can never be at your best if you’re emotionally depleted, and so you want to know, what is it that refills that tank? Let’s talk about the third type. I’ll call it mental or creative energy. In my line of work, this tank is the most
difficult to keep filled. I’ll just tell you a
little bit about what I do. On top of leading our church
that has about 750 employees, in 33 different locations, on top of all that, I’ll write
about 60 different talks, meaning a sermon or a
leadership talk a year. That’s more than one a week. So I have to really keep this tank full. For me, I do this by doing two things, by taking in and by giving out, taking in and giving out, let me explain. Taking in is being in
any kind of environment that helps me intellectually
or stimulates my creativity. For me, as an extrovert, it generally happens
when I’m around people. I want to know what new
theories do great thinkers have? What books have you read,
what articles, what podcast? What are you listening too? What are you watching? Let’s talk about ideas, and processing those things outside is taking in content that
stretches me intellectually. I also refill by giving out. Oddly enough, for me,
creating helpful content and sharing helpful
content gives me energy. So here’s what I have to do personally. I have to work hard to balance
the intake and the output. In other words, if I take in too much, but I’m not giving out, I get frustrated. Or if I’m giving out too
much and I’m not taking in, I can be burned out and
depleted very very quickly. It’s the mental and creative tank. You might refill it by reading, by watching something that’s stimulating, by being around different
types of people, by reflecting. You might even refill that tank
by doing something physical, disconnecting your brain and just letting your brain recover. You’re gonna wanna determine what that is. Now, I’m gonna chase a rabbit, and this is a fun rabbit to chase. On a side note, I would cite the source
if I knew what it was but I can’t remember or find it, but I read years ago something
that really impacted me. The article stated this, that the highest performers generally have an unrelated
intellectual distraction. Lets me say it again. The highest performers, those are at the peak of whatever they do, they almost always have an unrelated
intellectual distraction. For example, I’m a pastor, but I have a side interest
I’ve always enjoyed, business. So I’ve done real estate and invested in real
homes for over 30 years. It’s a completely unrelated interest that’s kinda like a hobby to me. I like to read books on
business and leadership, and this stimulates me
and brings creativity. What you’re gonna wanna do is this, if you feel mentally
or creatively drained, you might look for an unrelated
intellectual distraction, serving on a board, reading
out of your normal interest, talking to different types of people, studying something very different, and what that will do is often will help you
recharge creatively. If you wanna be the best, you might look for an unrelated
intellectual distraction, and that will help you grow in more ways than you can realize. Now let’s talk about the fourth tank, the fourth different form of energy, and that is spiritual energy. At this point, talking
about spiritual energy, I wanna be really careful, and
I wanna be really respectful, because this podcast is
all about leadership, and my goal is never to push
my spiritual beliefs on anyone. So let me be clear, whatever you believe, I completely honor and
respect your beliefs. From my perspective, I believe that we’re not just physical beings, but we’re also spiritual beings. So for some of you, if you feel like you’re at the
end of your rope right now, and you can’t do any more, it might be more than the fact that you’re just physically drained, it might be more than the fact that you’re just emotionally depleted, or that you’re mentally exhausted, it could be that you’re
spiritually discouraged, spiritually emptied, or
even spiritually dead. If you’re a person that agrees that we’re also spiritual beings, perhaps the best place to find strength, energy, purpose and passion is not just success in this world, but living for a higher purpose
and from a higher power. If you don’t know much spiritually and you’re spiritually searching and asking questions of faith, I’d recommend you try praying. You might download an app that our church created called
the YouVersion Bible App, and you could do a reading plan. I recommend a course
called the Alpha course, an amazing course offered
all over the world. You can google and find a
nonjudgmental and safe place for those who are spiritually curious. You might try going to church, listening to a sermon on podcast, or talking to a close friend. No matter what, I hope that you’ll recognize at some point what I believe, and it’s this, that when we’re weak, our
God actually makes us strong. Maybe a little spiritual
energy might be what you need in order to do more and have
more fulfillment in life. Now, to wrap this up, I wanna share with you an idea
from one of my favorite books that I’ve read over all the years, one of my top favorite books is called “The Power of
Habit” by Charles Duhigg. He talks about what he
calls keystone habits. He’ll explain it much better than I will, but in my words, a keystone
habit would be those habits that create cascading or
compounding other positive habits and disciplines in your life. When you have this one
habit or discipline, you tend to have other
positive compounding habits or disciplines, and the absence
of it tends to contribute to the absence of it in other parts of your life or leadership. Here’s the point, as a leader, I would suggest that you look
for one or two keystone habits or disciplines that helps
refill all four energy tanks, those types of things that
replenish all four tanks. Now let me explain to you something that helps refill my tanks. I’ve talked quite a bit in different settings about working out, and I know for some of you the discipline of working out might help you
physically but not much more. For me, working out actually helps refill
all four energy tanks, and I’ll explain to you why. Number one, obviously
it helps me physically. I feel better, I tend to eat better, I sleep better, I have
more physical energy. Number two, it fills my emotional tank. About half the time I
workout with a friend, either one of two pastors that I know, or another guy who’s a
builder and remodels home, and we process things emotionally. We have buddy time, and that really refills my emotional tank. Sometimes it’s as much
about the friendship as it is about the
exercise, just to be honest. Number three, working out
also fills my mental tank. If I’m not working out with a friend, I’m gonna be listening to something, watching something that
helps stretch my creativity or challenge me intellectually. I’ll be watching a TED Talk,
listening to a podcast, or listening to a book, therefore physical exercise
actually helps me mentally. Number four, oddly enough, working out fills my spiritual tank because it might be
surprising to some people, but I believe that God gave me this body, and taking care of the body is a way that I tend to honor God, and so working out to me is spiritual just like Bible study to me is spiritual, it actually fills my spiritual tank. What you wanna do, is you wanna find one or two activities that helps replenish all of your tanks. Why are we talking about this? There are a lot of good
definitions for leadership, but let’s look at one
that we’ve talked about in the last couple of
episodes, and that is this. Leadership is the art of
harnessing human energy, human energy, to create
change, to make a difference, and to get results. The first person you have to lead is you. So let’s work hard to keep
the energy tanks filled, so we can maximize our gifts to make a difference in this world, and to feel very fulfilled as we do it. Let’s look at some
questions for reflection. This is where the rubber meets the road. Question number one would be this. Of the four energy
tanks, let’s review them, physical, emotional, number
three mental or creative, and number four spiritual. Of the four energy tanks, which one needs refilling
in your life and leadership? Which one? Number two, what are you
gonna do to fill that tank? Let’s unpack this for just a moment because this is where it
gets really important. Let’s focus on just one tank. Here’s what I know probably about you is you’re gonna be aggressive
and you’re gonna say, “I wanna work on these two
or these three,” or whatever, but here’s what you have to understand, is we can rarely change
more than one thing at one time in our lives,
so let’s just pick one. Which one of the four energy tanks, which one needs refilling, and what are you gonna
do to fill that tank? For some of you, I hope you’ll listen, actually applying this
could be a game changer to your leadership, to your parenting, to your marriage, and to your ministry. Please don’t just listen, but do, apply it, refill those
tanks and lead with passion, lead with energy, and
lead with confidence, because when the leader gets
better, everyone gets better. I wanna thank you for being a part of our leadership community
and I’d love to invite you, if you’re open to join me for an event. On August the 8th and 9th, I’ll be helping host the
Global Leadership Summit, and that’s exactly what it is, a global leadership
summit that impacts people from all over the world. There’ll be host sites all
across the United States, and then in later months,
host sites all over the world, where some of the best
leadership thinkers come in and share very life-giving practical and actionable leadership thoughts. I’ll be doing the opening talk, one I’m very excited about
called “Bend the Curve,” and the closing talk. We’re gonna talk about heart over head, the power of emotions in leadership. Again, thank you for being a part of our leadership community. I’d love to encourage you
to rate this, write reviews, invite others on social media, and get out there and do what leaders do. Have confidence. You have what it takes. Keep those energy tanks full. Don’t worry about what people
think, just be yourself. Why? Because people would rather
a leader who’s always real, than one who’s always right. – Thank you for joining us at the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. If you wanna go even
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7 thoughts on “Understanding Your Four Forms of Energy – Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast

  1. This was a game changing episode for me. Life Church Team, thank you guys for taking the time to record and upload these episodes, they're so helpful!

  2. This was fantastic. I made notes and pray I may begin to study myself (my energy tanks) and begin work on one of them. I love the statement, "The first person I lead is me". Thank you Craig, I appreciate your practical leadership and heartfelt open sharing.

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