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Energy: Get It, Guard It, Give It by Lisa O'Neill


With everything going on in the world right now, it is really easy to feel like your days are a blur of exhaustion. It’s that hamster wheel image of the same thing day after day. However, Lisa O’Neill suggests that that doesn't need to be the case. Energy: Get It, Guard It, Give It offers a compelling and practical guide to managing your energy reserves.


O'Neill, a motivational speaker with a passion for energy transformation, draws upon her own experiences to craft a holistic approach to well-being. The book delves into the four fundamental sources of energy: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. This comprehensive framework encourages readers to understand the interconnectedness of these aspects and how they influence their overall energy levels.


Energy attempts to move away from mere platitudes about healthy living. There is no stereotypical self-help mumbo jumbo such as simply advocating for a good night's sleep and nutritious meals - boom, presto, there’s your energy back! Instead, she equips readers with actionable strategies and "quick wins" that can be readily implemented. The book tackles the concept of "energy vampires," those individuals or situations that drain your reserves, and provides valuable tools for setting boundaries and protecting your precious energy.


One of the book's strengths lies in its engaging and accessible writing style. O'Neill avoids the preachy tone often found in self-help books, opting for a conversational and humorous approach. Complex topics are presented through relatable anecdotes, making the information both informative and enjoyable. Importantly, O'Neill acknowledges that life isn't a constant state of peak energy. She emphasises the importance of self-compassion, recognizing that everyone experiences periods of depletion. This honest and relatable perspective fosters trust with the reader and reinforces the book's message.


Energy is not a prescriptive manual offering a one-size-fits-all solution.  Instead, it empowers individuals to become self-aware of their unique energy landscape. Through a series of introspections and then the application of practical tools provided, readers can create their own personalised strategies to transform and optimise their energy and cultivate a life brimming with vitality.


Ultimately, Energy: Get It, Guard It, Give It is successful in moving away from the typical realm of a self-help book.  It serves as a springboard for a journey of self-discovery. By understanding the dynamics of your energy, you gain the power to make informed choices and cultivate a life that feels truly alive. While some sections may not resonate with every reader, the core message remains universally applicable. This book is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to break free from the cycle of exhaustion and embrace a more vibrant and fulfilling life.


Reviewer: Chris Reed

Major Street


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