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It’s likely that you have a smartphone. If so, have you ever seen the message “Warning – Low Battery?” On my iPhone, it usually says “Low Battery – 10% of battery remaining.” Or 20% or 5%. It’s annoying and beneficial at the same time. I like to know I’m about out of battery so I can recharge. This is beneficial but it’s also annoying because I see it so often. Even though I try all the “tricks” to extend my battery life, it seems like I’m always looking for a place to recharge my battery.
Traveled recently by plane? If so, you know that all over the airport, passengers are walking around with smart phones, tablets, and laptops looking for outlets to recharge their devices. Some airports have created traveler work areas and outlet stations/kiosks that allow several passengers to recharge at once. This is great. Some airports have a very low outlet to passenger ratio. Very, very low. This isn’t great. I’ve even seen lines (several people deep) queued up to use an outlet. Surely you have as well.
In sum, we live in a 24×7 global world with mobile devices that are great tools and help keep us connected. However, they require energy and constant “recharging.” iPhones, iPads, iPad minis and MacBook Pros all require recharging on a regular basis. You can employ extra batteries, external battery packs, car chargers, etc., but staying fully charged is still a challenge. If our tools don’t have power, if they don’t have juice, if don’t have a charge, the tools are worthless. You can’t receive a text, surf the web, send an email, receive a call, send a picture, or tweet without power.
In short, our devices are great, but they have an Achilles heel. They require power and lots of it. Hence, we’re constantly on the lookout for sources of power. Batteries and outlets are a welcome site to a traveler on Low Battery. To a parent who is picking up their child from the mall. To a sales rep needing to call a client. To a pastor trying to reach out to someone in crisis. The good news is that we know how to recharge our devices. We can buy and charge extra batteries. We can buy a phone cover with an extra battery built in. We can buy a mobile power back to carry with us. We can use electrical outlets wherever they exist.
When our devices get low on battery and give us a warning, the good news is we’re usually able to find a source of power that allows us to recharge. We, who are much more complicated than electronic devices, need to do the same. Many of us run at a very fast pace. We don’t eat right. We don’t get enough sleep. We keep irregular hours. We work in stressful environments. We allow circumstances to stress us out. The list of battery “drainers” goes on and on. When we run low on our batteries, we need to find a source of power and recharge quickly before we shut down. Unlike our devices, when we need to recharge, we don’t get a convenient message that says, “Warning – Low Battery.” Our signs or warning notifications often come in physical manifestations. High blood pressure. Anger. Lethargy. Headaches. … Whatever the case, when you notice the sign (or signs – plural) please pay attention and plug in to a power source.
Recently, I had the opportunity to recharge my batteries in Phoenix, Arizona, with family and friends (see picture above). It was great! … We talked. Drank coffee. Told stories. Ate homemade chocolate-chip cookies. Attended church services. Swam in the pool. Played with the dogs. Tried new restaurants. Visited a prayer garden. Grilled out. In short, we recharged our batteries.
You may be different. Visiting family might be stressful for you. You might recharge your batteries in other ways. It matters not. The key is to pay attention to your energy warning notification system. When you receive a ‘low battery” warning, plug in. Recharge.
Recharging keeps your system from shutting down. It allows you to be an effective parent, executive, leader, homemaker, account representative, teacher, policeman, or whatever. … Pay attention to your battery warning notification system and plug in when you’re “low.”
How about you? How do you recharge when your batteries are low? Do you like to go “home?” Get away for a few days? Head to the mountains? Or the beach? Or something else?
Dr. Robert Gerwig is an agent of change and is able to balance the needs of the business and the needs of people. Dr. Gerwig believes and practices the values of performance and delivery of business metrics while simultaneously developing and growing people into leaders. You can contact him at RobertGerwig[at]LeadStrategic.com.