Are all activities, tasks, projects, and commitments ‘;created equal’;? Should you invest your time and energy without considering what the return on your investment is? Financially, people (should) consider their ROI, ie, Return On Investment. With your time and energy, think about considering your ROE, ie, Return On Energy – and then watch and see if you do not restrict access to your most precious assets.
I am not a parent, but I know quite a number of parents and I have heard some of them express the idea that some years, they need to pour their energy into one of their children (or teens) more than their other kids. And, we all know that we have some friends that putting our energy toward them has a huge ROE and others … not so much. Likewise with the projects you’;re involved in.
How much energy is the right amount of energy and how much ends up being squandered because the return is just not there? Wanting our ROE to be high does not make it high, just like wanting a high ROI on our financial investments does not always make it happen now does it?
Part of what will come into the decision-making process on where to invest your energy has to do with how much you have to invest to begin with . If staying positive is consuming a great deal of your energy right now, then you have less energy to invest in other ways. On the other hand, if you are in a great mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual place, then you have more energy to invest and you can potentially, make some riskier investments.
As Brian Tracy said, "Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance."
- attend to your own energy,
- evaluate how much you have,
- determine those most important targets on which to focus, and
- invest your energy where you have the best ROE possible.
You want your energy going where it will make a difference rather than being dispensed where it has no impact.
Be a good steward of your energy because as Daniel Webster said, "Failure is more frequently than want of energy than want of capital."