The Power of Full Engagement: SailZing Book Review

In this post we review The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. A sailor friend recommended the book’s unique approach to attaining high performance. Jim Loehr has worked with elite athletes, entrepreneurs, executives, and workers in other demanding fields.

The book’s key insight is that energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance. Loehr begins with the following energy principles.

  1. Full engagement requires drawing on four sources of energy: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
  2. Because energy capacity diminishes both with overuse and with underuse, we must balance energy expenditure with intermittent energy renewal.
  3. To build capacity, we must push beyond our normal limits, training in the same systematic way that elite athletes do.
  4. Positive energy rituals are the key to full engagement and sustained high performance.

After explaining these principles in detail, Loehr devotes the remainder of the book to a road map for implementing them.

This book is worth reading and acting on. We can all become more fully engaged. As Loehr says, “Performance, health, and happiness are grounded in the skillful management of energy.”

Racing Psychology category – SailZing

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