You may be wondering: ‘What does energy have to do with careers and work?’ As with any area of our life, our work and the choices we make are very much influenced by our state of being and our predominant energy at the time. Bearing in mind we spend a whopping 90,000 hours working in our lifetime, on average, we really want to be mindful of how we spend them!
As a career and leadership development coach, but also as someone who has spent decades immersed in various spiritual and personal growth practices, I am a strong advocate for building and cultivating self-awareness when it comes to your work – call it a job, a career, a business, your purpose or your drive to self-actualise.
Let’s break down how energy comes into play in your work life in 3 crucial elements: the phases of your career journey.
Step 1: If you don’t know where you are at right now, how will you determine your path forward?
The bare minimum of a foundation of a healthy, happy career is being aware of your strengths, your hard and soft skills, your values and motivations. If you are unclear about your past challenges and successes and what you learnt from them, it will be next to impossible to forge a meaningful path ahead. I often ask my clients: ‘How can you be confident if you are not fully aware of what you should be confident about?’
Just as important is your awareness about your limiting beliefs and the patterns of your inner saboteur. Building this awareness requires patience and perseverance, as well as being able to face your ‘gremlins’. This is where we can tap into energies.
If you are operating from the position of love – as a state of being - it will give you entirely different results to operating from fear. Fear here is a state of being, too: not a momentary response to a perceived threat, but rather an energetic state that focuses us on lack, fear of loss, or put more succinctly, F.O.G. – fear, obligation and guilt. Usually, we are not aware of these and that’s why we struggle. As Carl Jung says: “Whatever you are not conscious of will govern you. Whatever you are conscious of, you can govern.”
Step 2: If you don’t know where you are going, how will you get there?
Once you’ve got clarity on your current state of being and have cultivated awareness of your values, your arsenal of skills, strengths, and experiences, you will be able to translate this into a vision, an end goal. By this I don’t mean end goal in a finite sense, because we are on a journey that lasts a lifetime (and beyond); I mean the end goal for this specific part of your journey.
When setting your vision with the end goal, it is important you use your head and heart in an equal measure, but also your intuition – that energy of momentous insight that we can connect to in moments of meditation, quiet, or pre-sleep state. Your end goal will feel true to you if you get the sensation of lightness in your body, of feeling unrestricted. You may experience your chest expanding, being able to breathe better, and a relief of tension. It’s all about your senses and your visceral, bodily responses: your physicality. You may also get a sense of knowingness which is a signal to your mind that you have connected to what is true to you.
On the other hand, if you are plagued by doubt, ruminating thoughts, or anxiety, it is a sign that you are not connecting to what’s true to you. You may feel heavy in your body or just keep ‘being in your head’ without the clear connection to your heart and gut.
That’s when I’d check my overall energy – my state of being. Am I in love or in fear? What is behind this this thought, this sensation and this emotion? Where is it coming from? Does it ring true to me?
Step 3: Bringing it all together for fulfilment and success
So, now that you have got a level of clarity, you have also got increased confidence and focus. You are making your work life decisions based on a foundation of being in loving energy. You are feeling energised because you are undoubtedly moving in the right direction. The right direction for you, not for anyone else. You are getting into a state of flow as you engage in the work you love. And that brings you fulfilment. Of course, there will be ups and downs and difficulties, but you embrace it all and forge ahead, carried by your vision and the desire to make an impact. Your sense of purpose becomes crystalised and your fulfilment is growing as you are able to see the results and harvest the efforts of your work – your work on your energy and self-actualisation.
If you believe this is possible, and you’d like to explore this energetic journey on the way to career fulfilment and success, then feel free to get in touch with me: email@example.com