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find greater satisfaction in work and life

“The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They’re full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too.”
Norman Vincent Peale

A new study just released shows that organizations have a tool to determine if employees are fully engaged in work and life.   The results of this study show that if organizations want to keep employees that they need to determine how restless the employees are.

If the research from Right Management somewhere near 84% of employees desire to find something different to do, a new  job, a new career.  Burnout it seems is high when there are financial stresses, increased demands, fewer people to do the work, and a less appreciative staff.   Everyone is feeling the pinch in an economy that is slow to recover.  

People who feel stuck in a job can carefully look at other opportunities and waiting for the right door to open.   Key players who feel they are putting in their all and getting little in return could bolt at the first opportunity.   The biggest factor in how an employee perceives their value is their manager or supervisor.  That relationship is critical and far too often that relationship isn’t what it should be.

Energy Leadership looks at energy as being either catabolic or anabolic.   Catabolic energy is defined as energy that negative in nature, it is the draining type of energy often found in people who are victims or are angry most of the time.   Shifting the energy towards an anabolic state would show an organization that employees are engaged and satisfied with their work.

Organizations can now through the use of the Energy Leadership Index determine how engaged their employees are.  They can find out just how engaged the management is as well.  It is far better to learn how well the organization is doing rather than waiting for a mass exodus and then asking the question, “Why did so many people leave?”.

What are your thoughts?   What are you looking for?

Live energetically

“Love the moment and the energy of the moment will spread beyond all boundaries.”

Sister Corita Kent

Energy is the source of our life and the more engaging positive energy we have inside us the better our life will be.    When you have great thoughts your life improves.   When you have thoughts that everything is going to go wrong it usually does.   We focus on what we want to see rather than focusing on what is really there.

Think about the car you drive, you probably see all kinds of those cars when you are driving because you are aware of that type of car.   So much of what happen around us is based on our view of the world, and what we are paying attention to.   Pink elephants.

If it is your thoughts that make you “feel” a certain way then what would it take to change those thoughts.   Why are you thinking what you are thinking right now?

What are you worried about?

What do you fear?

What is causing you anxiety or pain?

What pushes your buttons?

What makes you angry?

What makes you happy?

Now, these questions aren’t causing anything to happen, but your reaction to the questions might.   For example your buttons might get pushed by the way someone drives, maybe they drive too slow, or they don’t signal their intentions, or they pull right in front of you even though there is an open road ahead.   Maybe it is the incessant whine of a child who isn’t getting what they want.  For some people who don’t have children a child who is crying or whining gets on their nerves.

So, things that push your buttons rob you of your energy.  You start to feel stress and that negative energy wants to be released.    Likewise when you are filled with positive energy (laughter, joy,  happi ness) you want to release that energy as well.   Which would you rather share, your positive energy or your negative energy?   Which energy do you think brings people towards you and engages them?    Someone laughing hysterically usually draws on-lookers as they want to have whatever that happiness is.   Someone yelling angrily will cause people to walk as far away as possible from that situation.

Your energetic view of life is a choice that you make.  If your thoughts are generally negative and disempowering then you’d feel a lot better if you could shift those thoughts to positive ones.   Those who have a positive outlook on life would feel even better when they are able to increase their positive thinking.

What kind of thoughts do you most frequently have?

What kind of thoughts do you want?

What is stopping you from having more positive thoughts?

live energetically

Where is your energy?

If your energy is catabolic (lethargy, defiance) then a little bit of that energy is very powerfully negative.  In other words a little bit of those types of energy robs you of the energy you need to be innovative, creative, …

Small amounts of negative energy drains you of the energy you need to really to be as successful as you’d like to be.   Negative energy slows you down – you worry, you fret, you get anxious, you doubt your abilities, you think rather than act, you can’t decide, you wallow and procrastinate.    Knowing what level of negative energy you have can be the knowledge that you have been looking for, the knowledge that will set you free.

“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”

Stephen R. Covey

energy leadership

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Thomas Jefferson

Energy, what is it?    Energy can be considered the ability to lead others or a quantity of a force that can be exerted to create a change.    Our thoughts could be considered energy, energy that is either creative or destructive.   The mental energy to create positive thoughts releases chemicals into the body that are building.  Thoughts that are negative release hormones into the body that are destructive.

Positive energy is considered anabolic energy or building energy that increases joy, happiness and success in life.   Anabolic energy shows up as a force for helping others, having compassion and wanting to serve in some capacity.    This building energy is the kind of energy that enables positive change to take place and the ability to take advantage of and create opportunities.

At the highest levels this anabolic energy allows one to synthesize information from multiple sources and create a unified view.   At high levels anabolic energy shows up  as confidence with a desire to create “everyone wins”  outcomes.    People who operate with a high level of anabolic energy are seen as mostly non-judgmental and willingly acknowledge others contributions.

People with high levels of what is called Level 4 (Compassion) and Level 5 (Opportunity) energy are strong leaders who are driven in a compassionate manner.     Considering that all people are leaders in some form or another it would seem that developing the capacity to increase anabolic energy would be a great benefit for improving leadership ability.

What level of energy are you operating at?

Consider getting an energy leadership assessment and find out what your leadership potential is.

Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.”

 Dr. Robert Anthony

 

What kind of energy are you walking around with?   Is it energy that is positive, motivating, inspiring, creative and passion filled?   If your energy is positive then you are living with what is known as anabolic energy, the kind of energy that gives you the desire to put in 100% to the work you are doing.   The other kind of energy is catabolic.   It is destructive and can rob you of the desire to do what your heart is telling you to do.

So, what is anabolic and catabolic energy and why does it matter.   First of all it matters because when our lives are filled with catabolic energy, negative energy, we falter, we sputter, we at times fall victim to our thoughts and mutter words that are destructive to self and others.     When someone is complacent, apathetic, whining, worrying, anxiety filled, and living as a victim that is an energy robbing state.   You probably know  people who just drain the energy right out of you.   What would you feel like if you could identify and live in a more positively energetic day?  What would it mean to you to have a lot less catabolic energy in your life?  

Think about it – it would mean greater success, significance, confidence, passion, commitment, creativity, joy, peace, and happiness in your life and who wouldn’t want more of that?     

Next time – anabolic energy, and how that can impact you.