Notes from ‘The Energy Bus’
“Every morning you have a choice. Are you going to be a positive thinker or a negative thinker? Positive thinking will energise you.”
This book is a short book that presents a philosophy on life that is essentially, remain positive, and surround yourself by positive people. The message is given through the story of a man called George. The author explains what he means by positive energy. “No one goes through life untested, and the answer to these tests is positive energy – not the rah-rah, cheering kind of positive energy… But when I talk about positive energy I’m referring to the optimism, trust, enthusiasm, love , purpose, joy, passion, and spirit to live, work, and perform at a higher level; to build and lead successful teams; to overcome adversity in life and at work; to share contagious energy with employees, colleagues, and customers; to bering out the best in others and in-yourself; and to overcome all the negative people and negative situations”.
The story equips the reader with a list of 10 rules ‘for ride of your life’:
- You’re the driver of your bus. – If you don’t take responsibility for your life and control of your bus then you can’t take it where you want to go. If you’re not the driver, then you’ll always be at the whim of everyone else’s travel plans.
- Desire, vision, and focus move your bus in the right direction.
- Fuel your bus with positive energy.
- Invite people on your bus and share your vision for the road ahead.
- Don’t waste your energy on those who don’t get on your bus – if people don’t get on ou bus just let them sit at the station as you drive on by.
- Post a sign that says NO ENERGY VAMPIRES ALLOWED on your bus. – E-motion stands for energy in motion and your emotional state is all about how the energy is flowing through you. So instead of letting negative emotions take you down a dark road of negativity, sadness, and despair we can take control of our emotions, charge ourselves up, and let the positive energy flow.
- Enthusiasm attracts more passengers and energises them during the ride.
- Love your passengers.
- Drive with purpose.
- Have fun and enjoy the ride.
The author has this to say about complaining: When you complain you get more things to complaining. I don’t allow complaining because if you are complaining you cant be thinking about or creating what you do want. Plus complaining also ruins everyone else’s ride. Stop thinking about what you don’t want and start focusing your energy on your vision and what you do want.
As part of ‘being the driver of your own bus the author suggests you answer the following questions:
- My vision for my life (including my health) is…
- My vision for my work, career, job, and team is…
- My vision for my relationship and family is…
The author expands on rule 8 (love your passengers); and gives five ways to ‘love your passengers;:
- Make time for them.
- Listen to them.
- Recognise them.
- Serve them.
- Bring out the best in them.
One of the key takeaway quotes for me was:
“Your success and life are so important that you must surround yourself with a positive support team. No one creates success in a vacuum and the people we surround ourselves with have a big influence on the life and success we create. If you want to be successful you have to to be very careful about who is on your bus. After all there are people who increase your energy and there are people who drain your energy.”
The author has a website here.
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