Energy, Resilience and Wellbeing

Here’s a thoughtful post from Tony Schwartz on the need to manage personal energy in order to maintain effectiveness.

Perhaps unsurprisingly – we all know this stuff, we just tend to ignore it – the answer is to pay attention to some of the basics of life: eating well and regularly; sleeping well and taking exercise. 

Increasingly, I find myself thinking of this in terms of balance and equilibrium and I’m very aware of the impact on performance (and simple well-being) of not sleeping well, or forgetting to eat. 

The article also reminded me of work an ex-colleague of mine is now doing.  Annette Turner is an independent trainer and coach with a particular focus on building resilience.

The issue of personal energy is particularly important to sovereign professionals and other freelancers.  Aside from the normal stresses of running your own business, freelancers – especially those working on their own – can lack the social structures which can regulate stopping, starting and eating.

As a freelancer though, you are your own business’s CEO, CFO, CMO and revenue stream.  Ensure you invest in your own energy reserves.

About Andrew Munro

An independent business consultant, interim manager and writer, Andrew operates through his company, Burning Pine Ltd (
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