The first book I have read from My Summer Reading List is The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon (@JonGordon11). This book follows George, who is forced to ride the bus to work because of a flat tire on his car. George meets a unique bus driver and an interesting cast of fellow bus riders who, over the course of two weeks share the 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy. In the process, they help George turn around his life, his team at work, and his marriage.
It all begins with positive energy. No one goes through life untested and positive energy is what is needed to overcome these obstacles we all face in life. Positive People and Positive Teams produce Positive Results — and the essential ingredient is POSITIVE ENERGY.
As he begins his journey of transformation from riding the Energy Bus, George meets the driver, Joy, who is instrumental in changing his life. She, along with the other passengers, give George (and us) 10 rules that will change his life (and ours) forever. It’s all about the positive energy we get from these ten rules.
Rule #1 — You’re the Driver of Your Bus
People feel like they don’t have a choice so they give up. But you do have a choice! Take the wheel and choose to create the life you want … one thought, one belief, one action, one choice at a time. It starts with a decision — decide what you want. Then YOU start creating it. Create your world.
- My vision for my life is (including my health) is …
- My vision for my work, career, job, and team is …
- My vision for my relationship and family is …
It all starts with these three statements and the ENERGY to think about it and to identify what you want.
Rule # 2 — Desire, Vision, and Focus Move Your Bus in the Right Direction
Joy, the bus driver, shares this important piece of wisdom. The more you focus on something, the more you think about it, the more it shows up in our lives. Again, there is energy in thought. Spend your time thinking about what you want rather than what you don’t want. Don’t complain. Complaining is focusing on the negative.
Be a Winner, Not a Whiner!
Rule # 3 — Fuel Your Ride With Positive Energy
There is power in positive energy! It is important. Positive energy will keep your bus moving forward with momentum. As you know, there is a lot of negativity in the world, so choosing positive energy is important to help deal with the negative people and negative situations that can knock you off course.
One passenger on The Energy Bus named Danny shares this formula: E + P = O
“E” stands for “events” in your life. “P” stands for “perception” (and it also could stand for “positive” energy). “O” stands for “outcome”.
You can’t control all the events in your life, but you can control how you perceive them. Your perception can control the outcome.
Remember this, positive energy and positive people create positive results.
Rule # 4 — Invite People on Your Bus and Share Your Vision for the Road Ahead
You cannot always do things by yourself. You need a good team. You need to get like-minded people on your bus, and the more positive people you get, the more positive energy will be created. Share your vision and make it clear what you expect.
Rule #5 — Don’t Waste Your Energy on Those Who Don’t Get on Your Bus
The enemy is negativity and it’s everywhere. How do you deal with it? Simple. Don’t worry about it. Don’t waste your energy on it. The more you worry about it, the less positive energy you will have.
Rule #6 — Post a Sign That Says: NO ENERGY VAMPIRES ALLOWED
Surround yourself with a positive support team. These people will have a big influence on your life and whether it’s successful or not. You want people around you who will INCREASE your energy not DRAIN your energy (energy vampires). You have to be strong enough to let people know that negativity is not allowed.
Rule #7 — Enthusiasm Attracts More Passengers and Energizes Them During The Ride
Positive energy works. It spreads one person at a time. You need to be the CEO – Chief Energy Officer. The CEOs are excited, positive, and optimistic. They don’t let fear stop them. When you are enthusiastic, people will want to get on your bus. People notice it. People feel it — energy and enthusiasm. This is like a beacon of energy coming from your heart. It’s real. And when you are energized, others will be energized. A positive culture will out perform a negative culture every time.
Rule #8 — Love Your Passengers
To tap into the power of your heart and lead with a positive, contagious energy, you must love your passengers. You have to love your employees, your customers, and your family. And, you have to share that love. You have to let people know that you care about them…really care about them. When you do this, you’ll get love back.
Let your people use their gifts, their strengths. Allow them to do what they do best. Bring out the best in others, and by doing this, it brings out the best in you.
Rule #9 — Drive with Purpose
Purpose is the ultimate fuel for your journey through life. When you drive with purpose, you don’t get tired, bored, or burned out. Find excitement in the mundane, the passion in the everyday, and the extraordinary in the ordinary. Find your purpose and share it. This is positive energy.
Rule #10 — Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride
Don’t focus on what stresses you. That’s no fun. Know that you are too blessed to be stressed. Remember all of the things you are thankful for because this feeling of gratitude will fuel your performance everyday. It is uplifting. Live and work like you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Be optimistic. Be positive. Find Joy!
Everything happens for a reason and we don’t necessarily know why. Life is a test. Adversity helps us grow. Negative events and negative people teach us what we don’t want so we can focus our energy on what we do want. There will always be challenges and problems and we must face each challenge and problem with a positive outlook. Learn from the past and don’t focus on the future — focus on the path. Experience Joy in everything you do and everywhere you go.