Seven Rules for Increasing Mental Energy

By Bob Rausch, Ph.D.

You just left your boss’ office and were told you made a huge mistake on an important project. What you say to yourself walking back to your office makes a world of difference in your attitude, performance, and energy. Every thought you think and every emotion you feel requires energy. Cars use gasoline and light bulbs use electricity and your body uses an unlimited supply of energy we are all provided. How you choose to use your energy is up to you. The truth is that we drain more energy on mental and emotional issues than on physical ones. Here are seven rules that can help you maintain higher mental and emotional energy.

1. Practice the Universal One-Third Rule. Psychologist has stated that no matter what you do there is a One-Third Rule. One third of the people like what you do, one third doesn’t like what you do, and one third doesn’t care what you do. When working with people remember that, “People do things for their own reasons, not for yours.”

2. Define the Focus of Importance. When you are working with others get your focus very clear. Often times we spend too much energy worrying about what someone thinks of us. Keep the focus where it needs to be, on the other person. One way to achieve focus is to recite this statement; “It’s more important what I think of you than what you think of me.”

3. Depersonalize disappointments. This is about business, not your self-esteem. Life is not always fair, so love and help people, but do not allow them to define who you are or your level of success.

4. Reframe Energy Drains. No one can affect the outcome of your experience unless you let them. Nothing that is pushing against you takes effect UNLESS you push back. Reframe the situation by asking, “When you have an uncomfortable experience ask, ‘Is there something I can learn from this?”

5. Evaluate the Energy Drain. Did you hear something negative or did you take it negatively. Your level of energy will determine how you hear information. When you are low on energy you are more vulnerable to feeling defensive.

6. Delete clutter. Develop a behavioral trash bin. If it doesn’t teach or offer you something, delete it and send it to your behavioral trash bin.

7. Celebrate your successes. Don’t be modest. When you do well admit it to youself. Celebrations are energy refuelers.

4 Responses to “Seven Rules for Increasing Mental Energy”

  1. Lakecia says:

    Awesome article Bob! Project Managers are the ‘energy source’ for many teams they manage. When we are low or high on energy, the entire team feels the effect. These tips will help all of us regain and/or maintain the right level of energy! Thanks!

  2. Jay H says:

    This is a fantastic article, Bob. Thank you so much. I will share this with my team so that they too can benefit from your wisdom.

    It is hard to maintain positive energy when our projects go south. In addition to maintaining our minds, I think we also should maintain our body and our health. And I agree that we always have to celebrate our success.

    Thanks again, Bob.

  3. Venkata Ramana says:

    Hi Bob,
    This is very true. If your energy is drained to whatever the reasons, the complete project will be effected directly or indirectly.

    So practicing the 7 rules to keep yourself intact is a must.

    I would like to add one quote

    The truth is

    “Whatever you think that you will be.
    So fill your brain with High / noble thoughts, and you will become so.” .. Swami Vivekananda

    This practice will always make you energetic through your life.



  4. Janet L. Gole says:

    I really needed to read this article today! I’m within a series of process requirement sessions with a global team via phone. Their level of attention shifts as the hours & topics progress. As the meeting continues, my level of frustration increases due to lack of input or feedback – – and I start to personalize. Thanks for reminding me to depersonalize. Love the behavioral trash bin concept! Will incorporate within my work methods!

Leave a reply

PMI Logo1 Powered by, Inc. | Copyright © 2007 - 2018,, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.

"PMBOK, PMI, PMP and REP" are trademarks, service marks or certification marks of the Project Management Institute Inc. Inc. | 3500 Lenox Road, Suite 1500 | Atlanta, GA 30326 | 404-815-4644