We all have people that leave us feeling positive, renewed, and energized. Some of these people may be professional acquaintances, while others are family members, friends, industry leaders, spiritual leaders, or coaches. One of the keys to sustaining my energy is making sure I schedule time with these people who make significant deposits in my “emotional checking account.” That can be literal face-time or simply reviewing their work (articles, books, or videos).
One of my goals before the close of 2013 is to make a list of the people that I find most inspiring and set forth a plan for spending time with them in 2014. Some of them are people I know personally and who I can invite to lunch, but others are admired authors and thought leaders. Spending “time” with them will more than likely be re-reading some of their books and articles and reflecting on the messages.
Who do you find inspiring? Who leaves you feeling encouraged or challenged to move forward? Make a list of these people and figure out how you can leverage their wisdom, strength, and energy. Whether it’s in person or not, making a conscious effort to spend time with people who inspire you is the key to delivering your best to yourself, your family, your co-workers and ultimately your patients.