The Power of Full Engagement Summary – June 2022

Author: James E. Loehr, Tony Schwartz

Short Summary
The Power of Full Engagement (2003) is a self-improvement guide on how to manage our energy levels. It outlines the sources from which we harness energy for our daily activities and provides us with the necessary tools to maximize our energy levels.
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Detailed Summary

In the Power of Full Engagement,  you will learn how to harness your maximum energy, save your energy from draining and how manage your energy to ensure high performance.

Let’s be real the modern-day human of 2022 is exhausted and when most of us say we are exhausted or fatigued we are not making excuses we are. It is tiring to exist in a world where you are expected to do a lot. From performing well at your job, studying, catching up with friends every weekend, and having meaningful hobbies to taking care of yourself and your family; we have a lot to do. This is why we find ourselves running away from all these activities now and then but if I tell you that you can learn how to manage all this just by learning how to manage your energy you will want to listen. So let’s dig in and hear from our authors James E. Loehr, and Tony Schwartz on how to manage your energy.

The Power of Full Engagement Key Points

Energy is the Real Currency

Many times we notice people like gurus and self-help motivators talk again and again about how we need to manage our time if we want to improve the quality of our lives and become better people. Time is like a currency we spend either way even if we want to or we do not. So we should be spending this currency wisely and only on the things that matter to us and improve our quality of life. But according to James E. Loehr, and Tony Schwartz there is a currency even more expensive and valuable than time and that is our energy.

The amount of energy we have equals the efficiency with which we can perform our daily tasks. Instead of trying to squeeze our activities so that we save our energy for other activities why not try to become a person who possesses more energy. The key highlight of this book by James E. Loehr, and Tony Schwartz is that managing your energy is the key to success and personal growth.

Sources of Energy: Physical, Emotional Mental, and Spiritual

The authors describe that full engagement is not based on one direction only. Our energy depends on our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being collectively. All of these dimensions influence the other. For example, if you don’t feel good physically you will feel stressed and your thoughts will become messy too. To stay energized, confident and upbeat you will have to manage all of these quadrants.  Being mentally well will allow you to stay confused and you will be able to cut out distractions, Spiritual well-being will allow you to know the why of whatever you are doing and will keep you engaged with your inner self. Physical well-being will allow you to build endurance and strength and emotional well-being will make sure that you respond instead of reacting. All of these together can help you become more efficient.

Overuse and underuse of Energy are bad so focus on Energy renewal as well

The key here is to be fully present. The authors advise their readers to be fully engaged when they are working. When the task at hand is finished, you need to fully disengage and disconnect. This means no immediate jumping on to the next time or thinking about the one you just finished. Detach and sit back. Let yourself feel renewed mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This is why breaks after tasks, a refreshing weekend after workdays, and vacations in your year are important.

As Da Vinci wrote in Treatise on Painting, “It is a very good plan now and then to go away and have a little relaxation. . . . When you come back to the work your judgment will be surer, since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose the power of judgment.” So do not think of the days you are not working as useless. You are processing and renewing your energy sources and it will help you to get back to work with more energy.

The Power of Full Engagement Quotes

“The more we take responsibility for the energy we bring to the world, the more empowered and productive we become. The more we blame others or external circumstances, the more negative and compromised our energy is likely to be.” –James Loehr

“Watching television is the mental and emotional equivalent of eating junk food.” –Tony Schwartz

The Power of Full Engagement Review

The book is an excellent help for those who feel ‘drained’, ‘exhausted’, and ‘fatigued’. If you repeatedly find yourself saying: ‘I do not have the energy for this’ pick this book up. It will teach you ways to find more energy and preserve the one you already have while teaching you how to direct your energy at the time towards things and tasks that matter. The Power of Full Engagement provides a newer and fresher perspective for personal growth and it is definitely a must-read from my side. A good companion for the days when you seem to do nothing except for lying on the couch and binge-watching but have tons of tasks to do.

To Whom I would Recommend The Power of Full Engagement

  • To the thirty-two-year-old businesswoman who feels drained after work each day.
  • The twenty-two-year guy who is stuck in a corporate job and has no energy and time each day to work on his start-up company.
  • And to anyone who wants to feel more energetic at work and university.

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