The Three E’s of Effectiveness

Hello my friend,

The word effectiveness has three E’s in it.  I’m not sure why, but I’ve always had a fondness for the letter E.  🙂 It got me to thinking that there are also three E’s to effectiveness. Are you with me? Here we go!

As Winston Churchill said, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”  The word comes from Greek, meaning “possessed by God” or “filled with spirit”.  Enthusiastic people eagerly enjoy life.  In my coaching and in my personal life, I have found that people who are in touch with their true purpose also possess a burning desire to fulfill that purpose. Simply put, they are enthusiastic about life.

The second E in effectiveness is energy. Also from the Greek, it simply means “capacity for work”.  In the world of physics, we speak of potential energy and kinetic energy. In the world of people, I’ll simply make the point that you don’t have energy; you generate energy! How do you generate energy? You create physical energy by following disciplined exercise and nutritional practices.  Similarly, you generate mental acuity and energy by exercising your brain regularly – feed your mind challenging, growth oriented information by reading.  That’s #1! Sadly, most people don’t read enough, with devastating results.  Secondly, make sure you give yourself plenty of rest. Too many people are operating with a significant sleep deficit and their brains suffer from it.  In fact, physical fatigue has been linked conclusively to mental fatigue. Exercise your brain, and your body will also perform exceptionally.

The last E is engagement.  It means “under oath or pledge”.  Unlike a wedding “engagement”, here you must make a commitment to yourself, to your higher purpose and to your goals.  Once you’ve made that promise, it is far easier to be totally involved in all of the activities you’ve selected throughout the day.

Show me someone (you?) who is enthusiastic, energized and engaged, and I’ll show you someone who is tremendously effective.

All the best,


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About eddecosta

Business and Executive Coach
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One Response to The Three E’s of Effectiveness

  1. Wez says:

    Really loved this post Ed! Brilliant writing and a truly powerful concept!

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