The Charge is Brendon Burchard’s latest book about how to activate the 10 human drives that make you feel alive. The premise is that unless these drives are activated, we are just going through the motions and don’t really feel happy.
The charged life is a happy one, as opposed to the caged life, where you live according to other people’s expectations. The comfortable life is where most people hang out, until they ask themselves, “Is this really all there is?”
That is an important question and the reason so many people engage life coaches to figure out what they really should be doing with their life.
Burchard has the answer in the The Charge. As he dissects each human drive and give us ways to activate that drive, many things became clear to me.
Very early on I started to recognize myself and the lightbulb went off as I realized why I had behaved a certain way. It was just part of the very human drive for control and especially the drive to control for new. It was the first of many ahas.
A very poignant moment came during one of the forward drives, the drive for challenge. One of the activators for the drive for challenge is to focus on the journey. If we focus too much on the end result, that ultimately doesn’t make you happy.
That reminded me of my own journey as an Olympic athlete. My journey didn’t finish with an Olympic gold, or even an Olympic medal of any kind. If I had focused on that exclusively, I would have been miserable. However, when you focus on the journey, your personal bests, learning new dives, the relationships along the way, you realize that is all you need to be truly happy. They are all challenges and serve to make you feel alive.
That said, I still have a lot of work to do to truly live a charged life. And I’ll do it as I reread this book a few more times.