The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive
by Brendon Burchard
Since the fateful night of his car accident, Brendon has lived a fully charged life, and he’s helped millions of people around the globe transform their lives and feel more alive, engaged, and fulfilled.
In The Charge, Brendon argues that the only way to measurably improve the quality of your life is to learn how to activate the very ten drives that make you most human. These drives are your desires for more control, competence, congruence, caring, connection, change, challenge, creative expression, contribution, and consciousness. These drives shape everything you think, feel, and do in life, so understanding and mastering them is critical to your success and happiness. Strategically activating these drives on a consistent basis is the fastest path to living a fully charged life.
Harnessing our human drives is not easy; if it were, we wouldn’t see so much restlessness in the world. That’s why Brendon has devised what he calls the true “activators” of human experience—a series of powerful yet simple actions you can take to radically increase your levels of energy, engagement, and fulfillment in all areas of your life.
What Brendon uncovers in The Charge will surprise and challenge you. It turns out that most of the ways we seek to meet our human drives are actually counterproductive. We all want more control, for example, but seeking to have more certainty in our daily lives or to control other people will actually decrease our levels of control (and happiness). We have a deep desire for change, too, but we often fail to make the right kinds of change that would make us feel more alive and in command of our lives.
In The Charge, Brendon helps us overcome these mistakes and illuminates the path for strategically and intelligently activating our 10 human drives so that we can have the one thing we all want: more life in our lives!
Do you ever sense as if your life is occupying you? You get up, and you do not have the voice for what your day is going to seem – it’s all heretofore planned. You only feed yourself, labor, feed, labor, feed, bed down, recur. And after the weekdays, you become too exhausted to do anything other than watching TV and approaching sleep.
Pleasantly, it is time to have a sudden flip-flop. Even if you are, at some point, comfortable with the way you live, and sometimes imagine an alternative life that you seek your dreams in a fast way, it is time for a novel prospect.
Despite sensing as you have an enclosed life that is simply free from pain, begin to have a life that you make a decision – the single one way of life that will facilitate you continuing happiness and a long-range satisfaction.
Fortunately, it is probable to have one there. What you need is to actuate the ten human drives that this summary will show you the way to do for certain.
Chapter 1 – Having a caged, relaxed, or responsible life are the three sorts of lifestyles that you can precede.
What forms a satisfying life in your mind? Is it to have well-paid employment, a house with bright colored fencing, and going to coast with your children at the weekend? Well, it is the society that wants you to trust – that happiness is about a total of material possessions. But society’s calculation does not work correctly.
Truly, living according to suggestions that other people give is as having a caged life. And the hedges of this enclosure are previously constructed.
When we are at an early age, our caretakers give prizes for the improvement of specific features like self-control and being passionate, by acknowledging us and showing us tenderness. When being an adult, we maintain to pursue those similar rewards by chasing akin orders. We do things in a way that other people think we should do, and have the job that our parents would appreciate.
We might not be happy. We might feel curbed and half-done. However, we are not going to escape from the cage yet, since we dread to be deprived of what we have made effort not easy to acquire: recognition.
Nowadays, some people do not feel completely caged. We are relaxed, having a life that the society names “good life”: a lovely home, a lovely partner, and an admirable budget when the one lovely month is over.
We appreciate all this, however, sincerely, confusions complain: Is it genuinely what I desire? Am I bypassing something greater?
Similar to our prisoned friends, we want self-fulfillment. However, rather than seeking it, we regard our dedication and persuade ourselves that we are pleased.
Then there are people experiencing a charged living. We can name them commonly chargers.
They feel unrestrained through other people’s assumptions. Moreover, they are not concerned about the pretended “proper life”. The world they live in is full of opportunities, and they go after the way they created by it, following their bliss.
If you have been having a relaxed or enclosed life, it is the moment to find out the way to be a charger.
Chapter 2 – Control your appeal to life and occupation
It does not matter if your lifestyle is caged, relaxed, or charged, one point is assured: you are pursuing bliss. Furthermore, it is lucid to say that people who have charged lives are more delighted.
It results from that they stimulate the ten human drives.
Human drives are not crucial to be alive, and you can undergo an impermanent bliss without them, however, we all long for them – and it is the mere way to fuel them to have a real charged life and gain permanent happiness.
Baseline drives are the first five drives, and they ground the feelings of internal welfare that are something like believing in oneself and a sense of attachment. These drives consist of control, capability, accordance, consideration, and linkage.
Let’s begin at the opening, with control.
Many occurrences in one’s life merely transcend one’s control. You are not able to have authority over the traffic or what you will be said by the strangers, or how intense the rain will be. But are able to control the way you respond to these things, and this can generate enormous distinctness.
If you have an enclosed life and something annoying happens to you, you might depict this occurrence like a farther clue for your restraints. But If you decide how you live, you will consider all undesirable moments as knowledge, not like a curse that can spoil your day or crushes your self-assurance.
The father of the writer suggests an example of control very well. At the time he realized he has leukemia disease, he continued to behave positively. He conciliated hospital personnel with his easy-going approach and his sense of humor, and he generally said to his family how he appreciated them. He kept control and did not allow cancer to spoil the last days of his life.
A single time you have got your own control, you are able to start founding professional authority in your job. It begins with having possession – the feeling that you possess your design, and your labor is clear and being proud of.
Having possession can transform employment that you are frightened to a job you desire.
Unluckily, many firms do not boost ownership. They lean on huge groups, and the slight participation of the persons in those groups incline not to be appreciated.
If you recently have no sense of responsibility for any project, and any project that you could participate in does not exist, think about being the leader of your own. You will be more cheerful about it.
Chapter 3 – Capability is seen rare nowadays, therefore you ought to labor on yours.
Did you ever confront a teacher who looked like competent in demonstrating anything? What do you think about a colleague who could handle any work-related issue? These kinds of people are as exceptional as they are motivating, and as a result of this, they incorporated the second drive: capability.
The capability has three registers that you can grasp, apply, and at the end become expert what you determine to take responsibility. If you are sure that you are able to do these three, even the scariest occasion you will experience will not look like as unsurpassable.
Unluckily, the modern place of job inclines to place extinguisher over competence. Generally, workers are not encouraged to be experts of a specific thing, rather they are reinforced to do various works, which actually shortens the confidence-capability loop. If you do not feel capable, you will never feel being capable, you will never join an activity that may activate a sense of capability.
However, there will ever be times when the capability is asked, and if you do not have the capability to confront these times, you will start to sense hazardous. Successively, this might result in self-hesitancy, angst, and letdown.
Therefore, you have to re-stimulate the confidence-capability-loop by putting yourself confrontations.
The challenges you put have three canons that are being real (not easy to achieve), being time-based, and being detectable.
Therefore, a basketball player might aim to enhance the mean number of baskets he gets through five (real) in the fourth quarter (time-based) and his trainer might look at him (detectable).
Dealing with these confrontations will construct your capability, which will reinforce your confidence, in which you will be a volunteer to handle the further barriers. The loop will return in an active context.
You can put a 60-day quick-learning goal. To get a new skill, give yourself two months, like how to articulate your best song by playing guitar, or how to apply a complex apparatus for your job. This is going to fuel the circle for you.
Chapter 4 – Reach positive accordance between your self-figure and your move through putting principles for yourself.
Have dinner with your spouse, go to bed, and, when you almost turn off the lamp, your spouse tells you, “You forget it, right?”. It is the anniversary day, and you have not remembered once again. Or you are telling your weeping son that you are going to go to the zoological garden the further week since you organized a casual meeting with your colleagues and left behind your family responsibilities.
If you struggle for being a greater partner or a greater parent, it will be necessary for you to stimulate the third baseline drive, accordance, which is the feature that will make your self-figure and the individual you want to be coherent.
Accordance has three grounds. Among how you act and how you consider yourself, there might be positive congruence, negative congruence, or no congruence at all.
In the case of no accordance, your moves are not in line with your self-figure. Built-in, you think you could be a greater individual, and you are often failing to fulfill your hopes with your moves.
In the case of negative accordance, you have a poor idea of your own self, and you behave concerning it.
For example, if you think you are incompetent, to speak Swedish, then you will no way initiate to speak it, which merely justifies blurred idea you get of your capabilities. There occurs accordance among your self-figure and your absence of movements, however, you are still unfulfilled since you don’t genuinely follow your fantasies.
In the case of positive accordance, nonetheless, you understand your identity and the person who you desire to be – and you adjust your movements with your information. You are relaxed with preferences you do, and you sense profoundly satisfied and calm.
Thus, in which way do you gain positive accordance? Well, you have to design principles for yourself and genuinely be loyal to them. Despite it may seem tough, if your own principles are achievable and there is no effect coming from outside, then you will see it is easy to apply them for they appear only from you.
Pay attention to your internal reasoning, and articulate six words on a paper: three for the individual who you desire to be and the other three for the way you desire to behave towards others. Do not forget this hint or stick it on your table – wherever you will face it frequently to make sure that you internalize it.
Be loyal to your principles so that you start to sense more satisfaction in all cases.
Chapter 5 – Give affection to yourself, and be responsive to the affection the other people give you.
All people aspire to perceive being approved, and all desire awareness and care. Moreover, gaining the affection of the other individual is the single way to afford these needs.
The fourth baseline is the considering which operates like both emotional circle and security, mentoring the way we move around other peoples together with linking us to them.
Nonetheless, considering other people is not the first step and think about only getting from them. It should be learned that one should understand one’s own emotions in the way of self-considering.
Converting an ear that does not listen to your senses might change your living in a shocking way. For example, the writer one time trained a previous football player who had problems with the administration of the car dealership he possessed. In his whole life, the player had undergone disappointment after emotional disappointment. Therefore, he inclined to maintain putting distance towards others. However, the clients regarded this unpleasant and car dealings were influenced in a bad way.
Therefore, the writer reinforced him to begin to pay attention to his feelings through taking time, three times each day, to be located with his senses. It both assisted him to re-found emotional balance and improved the firm.
As anticipated, your physical well being and emotional well being are equal in importance. Therefore, be certain of sleeping seven hours each night, making practices three days for each week, and consuming vegetables substantially. Considering your physical health will both enhance your whole health and make your mind clear and support your feeling of wellness.
At the moment, you generated proper self-considering behaviors, so you are ready to care for other people.
If you are inclined to place others away from you, this might scare you. However, do not forget – there is an aspect of the possibility of being harmed in getting the care of others. And, it is obviously a possibility that is worth taking.
There is a method to begin to conduct conversations with other people, which is to decrease some barriers and to be sensational, professional, or monetary. Then use this list in common with individuals in your world. Tell them what you aim, and pay attention to the suggestions these persons have got to propose. Suddenly this is going to generate a considering relation.
Chapter 6 – Form deep-seated linkages with other individuals
Human beings are socialized creatures. We long for other persons to tell them our ideas and emotions, from a conflict with our parents, which gives unhappiness, to our enthusiasm for approaching date. However, it must be a person whom we have a strong link to lean on our internal senses, rather than a random person.
If you are willing to stimulate the fifth baseline drive and form links, you have to be exact about what you hope for a relationship to seem.
What particularly is a close relationship for you? Articulate accurate terminology for all your relationships- from your peers and colleagues to your spouse, mother, and father.
After that use each term in common with related individuals, and ask for their portion and hopes.
For example, the writer one time inquired what his mom hopes for a rooted mother-son linkage. She wanted her son to ring up her every Sunday to greet and say his love. This habit that her son is calling her for 15 years has made their relationship deeper.
Proper relationships are asserted on proper persons, therefore, to form those rooted linkages, you need to detect the right persons. Although you are not able to decide your family, you can obviously find your right folks. However, only after classifying your present companions, you begin to seek new ones.
There should be a list having names of all your friends. Give detail on the cause of your relationship and state what was the good part of it. At that moment, classify each friend according to three categories: long-lasted friends, the ones who are no more present in your world, carrying on friends, you just want to meet them at some occasions, and improved friends, the persons you are happy to be with them, laughing with and support you.
You ought to meet your improved friends once a month, and you ought to discover ten of them. They will facilitate your bliss and charge.
Chapter 7 – Hold the positive side at the moment of alteration and be crystal about your aims
Right now you are acquainted with the baseline drives and there five more drives other than these. Further drives that are related to future living and satisfying your aims.
The earliest in order is the alteration
From the perspective of biology, we are accustomed to alteration. At the beginning of our lives, we change from an immature being to a stepping, speaking being, and from there towards self-conscious grown-up. As mature beings we maintain to transform; our bodies continuously renew themselves and our brain is continuously following novel inputs.
However, although the transformation is a common thing, we incline to consider it frightening, most of the cases since we are scared of loss. Specifically, we dread that we will lose much more we earn.
For example, you are asked to work in a different position, however, it is needed to be in another department. You may reject it, scaring a change of position will remove your autonomy in the present position, and lead to tension among you and your colleagues.
Rather than concentrating on being scared of loss, nevertheless, you ought to think about possible achievements. In such a context, you probably consider new offering more fulfilling, you may know new and exciting persons and might increase your earning.
We are also frightened by the change since it is ambiguous.
Many individuals are not aware of what they desire in life, generally, it is because they do not have knowledge about the possibilities. For example, university graduates are usually feeling a loss. It does not result from indetermination they have rather it is about their lack of knowledge about which ways are accessible.
Therefore, investigate your possible alternatives. If you are currently graduated, search websites of firms that are exciting you and find out the way people you aspire used to be in there today.
After this, generate a record of the things you are able to do and you do not desire. For instance, if you are keen on your free time it is not suitable for you to seek a job that will ask you to labor late and weekends.
Chapter 8 – Contest with yourself and do not dread the critiques of other people
There might be a case that you have forced yourself to manage a race path. Or there might be a case that you have contested the capability of your mind and articulated a well-written essay. Everybody confronts tough responsibilities and many of them are used to have the fulfillment of rising to a contest and handling it. Well, it is the seventh drive- contest.
Earlier than we focus on the essentials, it is needed to make a difference among challenges and aims.
It is not obligatory for an aim to be something huge; it might be modest. For example, you take the pet for a walk or doing domestic works.
However, a contest is hard to define. In order to handle it, you need to be prepared with all you have – qualifications and labor.
Therefore, the establishment of challenges should not be mere aims rather it is needed to be really challenging.
Struggle to contest yourself periodically for the upcoming year; design 12 boxes on paper and set a contest in each part.
For instance, if you generally prepare notes when you have a presentation, present it with no notes later. If you play tennis often against same level players, play against people who are more skilled next time. Probably you want to improve your social qualifications. If so, focus on listening to others for a specific period or be a member of a team sport.
Every month you should begin to set new contest.
Nonetheless, never allow other people’s critiques to spoil your appetite for any challenge.
It is generally seen that one might be anxious about the possible lack of backings coming from friends or colleagues in your challenges or one might think that they will want you not to achieve. However, it is highly probable that individuals will support you instead of showing dissent.
For instance, how often do you think a person in their middle ages has experienced a really agonizing refusal? The writer has traveled the world and investigated hundreds of them with this question. They have responded seven times.
Contrary to rejection, they said that they have received backing and boost nearly a thousand times when they were asked.
Obviously, being scared of other people’s criticization and comments are not based on a fact.
Chapter 9 – Evaluate your creativity and make an effort to develop it.
Children are imaginative. Creative works might be painting with colors, chanting, or crafting something on the coast, which every child goes towards. Do you know the last time you built sandcastle or found yourself singing?
The imaginative expression which is the eighth drive generally dies out at the time of being mature. It is really not good since it has many utilities – not only individuals but also professionals.
As expected, creative skills have a big role in how one perceives oneself. Aside from its contribution to drawing more significant relations, it also gives a more profound picture of the personality to the individual.
Being creative is a worthy trait in the modern-day’s employment market which is focused around inventiveness and layouts. Richard Florida elaborates in The Rise of the Creative Class that towards the end of the 19th century, the ratio of the US population who had a job that required creativity was less than ten percent.
Towards the end of the 1990s, the ratio had increased to one-third. Today, commercial businesses require creative members.
However, knowing the current conveyance of your own creativity is the first step in increasing it.
What follows is an easy quiz that will lead you to figure out that:
Scoring from zero (absolutely no) to ten (entirely), how would you respond to the inquiries below?
- Do your character and your house’s indoor look resemble each other?
- Does your job tell something about you?
- Do you think that your voice and well-being are given thought of in your relationship?
- Does your character play a big role in your relationships with your friends?
- Do your leisure activities tell you something about you?
- Do you feel like you add something new to the people?
These inquiries are supposed to determine how well you convey your creativeness. A score under 45 indicates that you need much more to learn in the subject.
Beginning to create something is the most likely solution to this problem.
Being inventive is a difficult practice that needs strictness. Are you thinking of writing a novel? Do it. Do you feel like you should try your chance at painting as an abstract artist? Go for it. If the feedback to your work is negative, start working twice as hard instead of dropping. There was a point for all artists where they had no idea about art, and errors are inevitable in getting proficient at a new skill. Therefore, you should kick-off, check the comebacks, and don’t let any negative outcome make you feel sad.
Chapter 10 – Commit to worthwhile account through chasing your enthusiasm and concern.
If you have a chance to decide, where would you work; at a shoe store or a cancer research center? Well, if you are similar to the other persons you choose a job having a meaningful cause. You desire to sense that, by making an effort, you support them, therefore, you likely prefer a cancer research center to a shoe store.
However, contribution as an active ninth drive does not require pursuing the job at an honorable institution. It might mean merely having an occupation you take pleasure in.
The contribution is inescapable if you make your effort for the work you like.
For example, the writer one time coincided with a bank manager who thought she could never genuinely commit to the world. All people told her she needed to return – however she liked her employment very much and she did not want to give up and embraced a moral account.
Then the writer found that personnel working for the bank manager thought she was a good boss; she tried to understand their problems and they aspired to her. Even though she did not work for a nongovernmental organization, she contributed to the world by doing what she loved.
You might contribute to a thing you are ambitious, which might be in various shapes such as qualification, time, finance, or other resources. The focal point is that you sense your contribution is influencing and reinforcing positive transformation.
For example, in a case that there are two institutions; one assists hunger among children in Nigeria where you cannot do more than cleaning dishes in a room you do not see children; the second one assists children in their schooling and you might contribute through instructing them.
Despite your preference for the first organization you may desire to commit to the second one because you can watch the direct influence of your being.
Chapter 11 – Develop self-awareness through concentrating on your ideas and thanking the world’s greatness
What is the meaning of being self-aware? Is it about the present time, to realize the setting we are in through our senses, and to take pleasure in exact consciousness? Well, yes – however it is thought self-awareness, and it’s one face of self-awareness.
The feeling of there is a setting larger, a power that links all livings and keeps together everything, which is beyond self-awareness. In the records of human beings, we have followed not only the tenth drive but also the final drive.
To favor the former you should make an effort to be more aware of your ideas.
We generally spend our moment by thinking about ordinary things. We are ruled by our desires and seek the place fibers of ideas guide. Therefore, you need to concentrate on your mind if you desire to get “thought self-awareness”.
For instance, you can imitate what the writer did. He prepared the alarm at three-hour periods and each moment it stops he questioned like what will I concentrate on now?
By doing this he developed his efficiency, re-connected to his attention, and returned him to the administration of his ideas, which he had let cutting off usually.
You can make an effort for the latter type of consciousness through acknowledging the universe’s little greatness.
The modern way of living does not allow us to cease, it prevents us from paying attention, and recognizing wonders of life. Some people feel imprisoned if mobile phones lack connectivity. Nonetheless, if you cease to concern about it, it is a big deal that this little gadget can link our voice to the voice of the person we like, or operate to be used for internet, which is a wonder as well.
Choose a scene to be amazed by this kind of thing, and you might sense the connection between you and the world. It is similar to the moment you re-realized how you feel caring towards your partner and how you appreciate your partner’s characteristics. You sense linked to the world and all living beings when you are aware of the world’s greatness.
One time is enough to access this rank of self-awareness and it will be easy to keep making decisions for your own life.
The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive by Brendon Burchard Book Review
All people are able to have a satisfied, blissed living. You need only to trigger the ten human urges that form the construction of bliss and satisfaction. Once you embody these ten drives, you will become more stimulated, more socially linked, and more trusting yourself than before.
Apply the three-month entry ritual
To allow novelty and excitement to penetrate your mind at each moment and it’s after, you ought to operate the three-month entry plan. It indicates that it suddenly starts in your day, every 90 days. It is possible through both yourself and with other individuals. It is related to getting rid of your typical ideas and creating something novel, comfortable and delightful things, instead of making journeys to various places. Visit a place where you have not seen yet and return then become renewed.