by Liz Jansen
I don’t know about you, but I seem to be having to stop and fill up my tank more often this year. What I’d like to do instead is find ways to use less energy to create the same output. Fuel is a precious resource, whether it’s generating personal energy or feeding your motorcycle’s gas tank. Practicing energy conservation takes experience, time and persistence. The results are reflected in your personal effectiveness.
- Extend your fuel range. Your stomach lets you know when it’s time to stop and eat. Recognizing that it’s time to recharge mentally, emotionally, spiritually can be more subtle – but just as disabling if you run out of fuel. You want to get as much distance as possible from the available fuel – and not run out!
- Check for fuel leaks. Aside from being a serious safety hazard, fa uel leak means you have less gasoline to fuel your trip. It shortens the range the bike can travel and means more frequent gas stops. Giving your energy to the wrong people or endeavors means you don’t have as much to put towards your own goals. Not being able to say no is a perfect example of how this happens.
- Notice when the fuel light is on. Most bikes have some sort of indicator to alert you that it’s time to top up. Ignoring this warning sign will eventually leave you stranded. You have no indicator lights or fuel tap that tell you to stop and fill up, although you do receive warning signs. As you become more self-aware and intuitively astute, you’ll recognize the signs in yourself earlier and can take proactive measures.
- Use the right fuel. Feeding it the wrong grade will make your engine less powerful and efficient, cause premature wear and possibly damage it over time. While it sometimes feels like it would be easier if you came with an owner’s manual, how boring would that be? It’s much more interesting to figure it out on your own.
- Keep the tank topped up. When a bike runs out of fuel, it sputters and stops, right where it is. It’s not going to go anywhere until it’s refueled. When you know you’re going to be traveling through an area where fuel is hard to find, you need to plan accordingly, otherwise you’ll be stranded. Running yourself to the point of exhaustion results in poor judgment and sub-optimal decision-making. It can create illness, disease and lead to accidents.
- Become more energy efficient. Just like on a motorcycle, choices you make can conserve your energy and extend your range, making you even more effective while doing so.
- Use it. Gas can degrade when it sits for too long, which is why manufacturers recommend adding stabilizer if the bike is going to be idle for extended periods – i.e. over winter. Like motorcycles, gasoline needs to be used. Your spirit energy needs to be used as well. If you’re not growing or challenging yourself, you too will stagnate.
You need energy to travel life’s road. Learning how to use it wisely, noticing leaks and recognizing when it’s time to re-fuel are crucial lessons to avoid being stranded in the middle of nowhere.
Reprinted with permission of the author. 🙂