Hey, you guys! Chuck here!
I recently had one of my high-energy readers ask me what I mean when I say “high-energy”. We already know what high-energy feels like! We know that it feels really good to be high-energy! But, what does it mean to be high-energy?
When I was a religion student at Calvin College, I studied New Testament studies under the tutelage of an excellent New Testament scholar named David Crump. Professor Crump used to always tell us that words don’t have meanings, they have uses. This adage has always stuck with me. So before discussing what I mean by “high-energy”, allow me to talk a little bit about how I’m using the words “high-energy”.
I initially started using the words “high-energy” to motivate myself, to get myself psyched, and to cozy myself up to the possibility of choosing to be alcohol-free. I’ve always found the word “sober” so sobering. If I was going to be alcohol-free, I needed a word that was more exciting. I had seen the way a reality TV star had used the words “low-energy” to completely demolish a qualified and experienced traditional politician. I figured that if the words “low-energy” could be used to effectively bring someone down, maybe I could use the words “high-energy” to bring myself up. I began constantly telling myself that I was “high-energy”. This idea of being “high-energy” was way more appealing to me than the idea of being “sober”.
My personal mantra became “alcohol is a sedative, I’m high-energy”. Instead of giving up a fun drug in order to become a sensible person, I was giving up a sedative in order to become a high-energy person. And then one day I was out busking on a street corner near Lake Michigan. A tourist stopped by to enjoy my high-energy music. They asked me if I ever performed in any of the bars in the area. I blurted out “I don’t play in bars! Alcohol is a sedative! I’m high-energy! I wanna perform out here in the sun for other high-energy people!”. His face immediately lit up! I realized in that moment that this phrase that I had used to motivate myself could also be used to motivate other people!
I began incorporating the words “high-energy” into everyday conversations, status updates, and stage banter. At first, I tried to do it subtly. But, if you know me very well, then you know that subtlety isn’t exactly my forte! After about a month of using the words “high-energy”, people began to say it back to me and I began to feel like I was onto something!
If you simply say the words “high-energy” you will already begin to feel more high-energy! Whenever I’m going for a run and I start to feel a little winded, I pump my fists in the air and start yelling “I’m high-energy”. It works! Don’t believe me? Just try it! Whenever I’m at work and those afternoon blahs start settling in, I run to the bathroom, look at myself in the mirror, pump my fists in the air, and say “I’m high-energy!”. It works! Don’t believe me? Just try it!
So basically, I use the words “high-energy” to motivate myself and the people around me! In the next post I’ll begin to discuss what I mean by “high-energy”! So, thanks for reading, and if you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This was my first post that was in response to a reader’s question and I would love to do more posts like this. So, if you have a question, don’t be shy, show some high-energy initiative!