I’ve been going through some significant changes in my personal life recently, which have tapped a significant amount of my personal energy. Severing relationships and saying goodbye to people you love is never easy.
What’s fascinating to me is how this has affected the energy I have for my business. I’m not an extrovert, so getting out there to build my business is tough. It’s much easier for me to sit here in my office, and, well, write newsletter articles. It doesn’t help that this is a long holiday weekend, so I have every excuse to slack off.
What I’m pointing out, though, is that each person has a finite reserve of energy. You build it up by eating, exercising, learning, meditating, thinking creatively, and other activities which bring you inspiration.
You tap that reserve by watching TV, being bored, uninspiring work, and tackling tough problems.
It doesn’t matter whether this is in your work, your personal life, your spiritual life, or other relationships. There’s only one heart and mind you have, and you only have a limited amount to devote to EVERYthing you do.
What we learn from this, then, is:
Many people don’t think of work as a source of energy, just a drain. But in fact, it’s possible to draw from your work and career if you can develop a sense of direction, purpose, and delivering value.
I’ve had a number of cases over the last decade where I wasn’t inspired about my work. So I went outside my job description to develop my career direction, to create new relationships, and to deliver additional value to my employer. I didn’t need permission from my boss to do all that.
Running out of energy? Look to your WHOLE life for the answer!
|Carl Dierschow is a Certified Small Fish Business Coach and author of the career management guide, Mondays Stink! 23 Secrets to Rediscover Delight and Fulfillment in Your Work. He is a career coach for those going through interesting transitions, and works with small business owners who need to create breakthroughs in achieving their business goals. Find out more at www.Dierschow.com and www.SmallFish.us.
If you are interested in individual career coaching, group coaching, or other resources which might help you with difficult choices, please contact Carl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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