We've all experienced it, in our businesses and in our lives. That feeling of burnout when you don't have the energy to do another thing...and you don't even care.

Perhaps you've been working hard in your business making phone calls, doing trainings, sending and replying to e-mails. You feel exhausted, drained, taxed beyond your limits, yet you don't dare give in to your feelings and collapse to take care of yourself for a while, for fear you'll lose the momentum and consistency you've attained. But keep pushing on the way you have been doing, and there's a good chance you'll get sick. You've reached breakdown--too tired, frustrated, overwhelmed or burned out to care.

Needless to say, feeling this way doesn't support you to have abundance--especially consistent abundance--in your business or your life!

The Networking Marathon

This is like the marathon runner who runs the early stages of the race too fast. If she doesn't pace herself appropriately for the entire 26.5 miles, she "hits the wall" and can continue only at a much slower pace. Yet, she knows that if she runs too slowly in an effort to avoid hitting the wall, she may not run the race in the time she's capable of.

Keeping your energy flowing is essential for productivity and abundance. In their book, Your Money or Your Life, authors Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin define money as "something for which we choose to exchange our life energy." Money is a representation of our energy.

  To put it simply, as your energy flows, so will your money--and your abundance. If your energy is drained, contracted, blocked, or stopped, the money and abundance flowing around you will probably be as well.
To put it simply, as your energy flows, so will your money--and your abundance. If your energy is drained, contracted, blocked, or stopped, the money and abundance flowing around you will probably be as well.

How do you keep yourself energized for your networking marathon?

The actions it takes to build a networking business require an expenditure of energy, so the challenge is to keep yourself fueled with energy at all times. Just as a marathon runner will drink water many times throughout the race, you need to replenish your energy again and again.

The way to do this is to celebrate your completions--every one of them. By celebrating each and every one of your completions, you refill or replenish the energy you expend taking action--which then empowers you for your next action.

The Mathematics of Celebration

Let's say you woke up this morning with 10 actions planned to build your business; each action requires 10 energy units and you start your day with 100 energy units.

You complete the first action on your list; you've just spent 10 energy units. Your balance is now 90 energy units. Eager to get everything done, you move on to the next action, and then the next, each depleting your energy balance by 10 units. As you continue your effort to be productive with less and less energy or fuel, is it any surprise that you never complete all 10 actions? You burn out before you get to the end of the list!

Now, let's start the day again, same scenario, and include the abundance principle of celebrating your completions.

You complete the first action, spending your first 10 energy units. This time, however, you celebrate your completion before you move onto the next action. Perhaps you pump your fist in the air and yell "YES!" like Macaulay Culkin in "Home Alone." Maybe you dance a little dance or put a fun sticker in your planner as you cross it off your list. You may simply take a long slow deep breath of satisfaction or drink a cup of tea while taking a few minutes to read the newspaper.

It doesn't matter how you celebrate your completion--it just matters that you do so in such a way that (a) you are acknowledging yourself for completing the action and (b) your celebration refills all or part of the energy you've just expended.

Let's say you celebrated your first action with a "Home Alone" fist pump. Just to know what I mean, do one now. Raise your fist above your head and then, on the count of three, jerk it down and say "YES!" as you do so.

Are you ready? Then 1...2...3!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

"YES!"

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Did you notice that your energy increased and started flowing more powerfully and freely?

You see, by simply celebrating all of your completions, it's far more likely that you'll be able to complete more actions each day at 90-100 energy units (full wattage) instead of the 50 or less energy units (low wattage) you'd have if you simply moved from one action to the next.

Which is more productive and abundant? If you were a light bulb, which will produce more light--a 100-watt bulb or a 50-watt bulb?

Now, you may be thinking that you don't have time to do all of this celebrating. In truth, you don't have time not to do it. Failing to replenish your energy after you've completed an action will only drain you of the energy you need to be productive, prolong your efforts, delay your results, increase your struggle and lead to burnout, inconsistent actions and inconsistent results.

Speaking of celebrating, now that you've completed reading this column--how will you celebrate your completion?

Teresa Romain is founder of Access Abundance (http://www.accessabundance.com), an organization dedicated to helping people access greater levels of abundance, freedom and fulfillment in their daily lives. She lives with her husband, Dan, in the small town of Baraboo, Wisconsin.