Don’t Give Up – “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin’s advice is obvious. Keep at it. Keep trying. Wake up, get out in the world and achieve something. It’s not an easy task for most of us. Whether it’s because of working two jobs or something as simple as lack of nutrition and exercise, energy seems to be an ever shrinking commodity in America. We’re a nation of tired people.
I’m sure that when Benjamin Franklin was alive, the nation was tired too, even though it was young. Physical labor was more prevalent and life was physically hard on a day-to-day basis. Somehow, they persevered and willed the United States into a great country. Somehow, the people of this country overcame their weariness and tiredness.
How do we do it today? Would Benjamin Franklin laugh at how easy our life is today, yet we all complain about tired? Or would he understand the different stresses we face on a daily basis, between a 24 hour workday and the strains of life pulling every direction? More importantly, how do we conquer this a bit? I have a few ideas that work for me.
3 Ways To Have More Energy
- Get the right amount of sleep. – It’s easier said than done, because finding 8-9 hours in a 24 hour day to sleep is a tough task.
- Eat better. – I’m not talking anything drastic. Eat a couple of vegetables and you’ll be surprised by how much more energy you have.
- Say no. – Limit the schedule and say no occasionally.
3 Ways To Be Persistent
- Set a reminder. – Set a reminder on a smart phone, to do list or somewhere that you’ll see it.
- Set goals. – It’s hard to be persistent if you don’t have something to achieve. Set a clear goal and keep trying to achieve it.
- Accept failure. – Failures happen. Learn from a failure and apply that knowledge to future goals.