Have you ever noticed how certain people and situations give you lots of energy, and you feel jazzed in their presence? And then there are other situations or personal interactions where afterwards, you feel completely zapped of energy and feel like doing nothing but collapsing in bed?
Interesting how that works! In my coaching, I encourage my clients to follow their energy. Meaning that when they feel a “call” toward something—whether it’s toward a person, an idea, a place, a project, or whatever—they should go to it!
Follow the aliveness. Follow the joy. Follow the call.
At the same time, when I hear my clients talking about an event that they feel like they “should” attend and there is complete flat-ness in their voice, I have them stop and check-in with what’s happening. It’s obvious to me that there is no energy there…and there’s also an important message for them in that feeling.
Just like everyone else, in my own life I routinely question whether or not something is “right” for me…whether it’s an RSVP for a certain event, taking on an extra project, or reading a particular book. It can be hard to know what the right answer is!
So I pay attention to my energy: Do I feel drawn or called to this thing? Or does my body sink when I think about it? Often I may not know why I feel drawn—or not drawn—to something, and I try not to analyze it. Things are what they are, and I aim to simply follow the energy.
There will always be people who are puzzled by why you do the things you do. And the truth is that we are all coming from our own perspective and no one can truly understand your situation but you. So trust those intuitive messages you receive and follow your energy. For me, life works best when I pay attention, listen, and go where I am called.
–What negatively drains my energy?
Begin to notice the people and situations you encounter and how you feel in their presence. Then make adjustments as necessary, as this will help you get clear on where to focus your attention. Begin to eliminate, or at least cut back on, the things that drain you. And of course, keep doing more of what fuels you.
Your energy is your most precious resource, and you are in charge of how you spend it.
What do you need to do differently to live a more joyful life? Be bold and tell the rest of us by leaving a comment below. You never know, you just might inspire someone else to make a new choice in their life!