This is the third and final segment on stalking yourself. To briefly review, stalking yourself is the practice of learning to “see” yourself and your life without illusion. Sounds simple enough, and we assume we already see and know what is happening in our life, but as I have shared the last couple of months, we quite often live in an illusion and therefore miss important aspects of what is happening. Miss is the wrong word. Misinterpret is more accurate. We interpret what is happening to us in ways that match our beliefs and assumptions, a process that often doesn’t give an accurate picture. Stalking ourselves allows us to see accurately, and then, from what we see we can design a strategy to change what we don’t like, or augment what we do like.

So far we have stalked our internal dialogue and our habits. This month we will stalk our energy fluctuations. By energy fluctuations I mean your sense of “aliveness.” Your life force, your energy. Sometimes we feel full of energy, alert, ready to take on any task with vigor, excitement and enthusiasm. Other times we feel sluggish, lethargic, unable to muster much motivation to do anything. Why do we feel the way we do each day? Are these energy fluctuations cyclical? Do they happen by chance, or are there causes behind them? Stalking your energy fluctuations will give you your answers.

39651529 - a man looking through an empty mirror and sees the landscape around himI have stalked my own energy patterns and I would like to share with you what I have found out about myself.

Mornings for me are high-energy times. I am most creative and productive in the mornings. My father was also a morning person. One of his favorite sayings was, “One morning is worth two afternoons.” He was a salesman for the Yellow Pages. He would get to work at 6 a.m. while the other salesmen would come in at 9 a.m. But he also would quit at noon. I never saw my father work an afternoon in his life, and yet he was always in the top 10% of the sales team.

My wife on the other hand is an evening person. She finds she’s most creative and productive in the evening, especially the early hours of the morning. When she’s working on a project she loves the 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. cycle.

Each of us is different, and if we want to be highly efficient we must know how to increase our energy.

How and what I eat also affects my energy fluctuations. I like to eat good nutritious whole food. I’m not a fanatic about it, and eat just about everything, but I notice that what I eat affects how I feel. This really became apparent to me when I began doing a lot of touring. At home you can cook and control your eating much more easily than when you’re eating at restaurants. I noticed (back then I didn’t call it stalking) that eating junk food on a regular basis made me feel sluggish. I wasn’t alert, sharp and full of energy. Now I love burger and fries, potato chips and ice cream as much as anyone, and still eat them occasionally. But while touring, if I ate fast food three, four days in a row, I noticed a huge difference in my energy (anyone see Super Size Me – a remarkable film on fast food?).

On a speaking tour, you need your energy and to be in top form. And junk food was so easy, fast, convenient, and dare I say, tasty. But it always lowered my energy. So I was forced d