April 22, 2020 –
During the current social distancing and stay at home policies, many people experience loneliness, stress, and discouragement. They can experience low motivation because of a lack of energy or focus.
In his book, “The Energy Bus,” author Jon Gordon gives ten rules to fuel your life and work, and these rules are appropriate for today. I chose to share these enlightened and inspiring ten rules to hopefully help you be more optimistic and focused on the trip to better days. The comments on the rules are mine.
Jon Gordon’s 10 Rules for the Ride of Your Life.
- You’re the driver of your bus. Driving is often tricky because of the many distractions and obstacles. People and events yell for your attention and demand to drive your bus.
- Desire, vision, and focus move your bus in the right direction. Look at your trip through the windshield, not through the rear-view mirror. What’s ahead is nothing like the past.
- Fuel your ride with positive energy. Drivers good at fueling their bus with high-octane optimism create an atmosphere of cheerfulness.
- Invite people on your bus and share your vision for the road ahead. Be a dreamer. Your invitation is for people who are equally inspired to ride your bus.
- Don’t waste your energy on those who don’t get on your bus. The trouble with naysayers is they often are unaware of their aurora of negativism.
- Post a sign that says NO ENERGY VAMPIRES ALLOWED on your bus. This necessary move communicates you don’t tolerate people to suck the enthusiasm out of you. Vampires are easily identified; they are people who bring trouble, gloom, and doom. Don’t associate with them.
- Enthusiasm attracts more passengers and energizes them during the ride. Rely on enthusiasm to create enthusiasm.
- Love your passengers. The “stranger” you are quarantined with is someone you need to get to know. Sharing stories with your passenger(s) is one of the best parts of the day. The secret to loving your passengers is not in the story but the storyteller.
- Drive with purpose. The goal of the trip is to be happy. Focus on the blessings God provides you.
- Have fun and enjoy the ride. Celebration brings joy and helps to reduce stress. Stop doing things that reinforce stress; do what you love. Ignore your age and think like a child. And most of all, things will not always be what they are today.
I like my energy bus, and I am fortunate my passenger has the spirit and positive energy to make the trip enjoyable.