Would you like to feel more juice in your job? Want to feel more energized and less drained by your work?
Here are nine More Juice Principles I have discovered in the last 14+ years of helping people feel more energized and alive in their careers.
(If you’re feeling the need for more juice in your job, check out the 6-week coaching group I have coming up starting November 10th.)
Principle #1: You have the power to create change.
The first and most fundamental principle is that you have the power to create change. If you don’t buy that (or if you can’t at least stay open to the possibility), you might as well stop reading now.
Far too many people subscribe to a wholesale helplessness that exists nowhere but their minds.
Principle #2: Changing your experience is a more powerful goal than changing your situation.
Usually if people are in a work situation they’re unhappy with, the only possible solution they see is for whatever they’re unhappy with to change. They want the situation to be different.
While that is certainly one option, it’s not the only one.
The changes you can make range from making a wholesale change (like a career change) to changing what you do and how you do it within your current job, to changing how you relate to what you experience.
What’s more, some of the most impactful change you can make often has nothing to do with what’s happening externally in your work. Rather, it has to do with what’s happening right between your ears.
If you reframe your goal from changing the situation to changing your experience of the situation, you open up a treasure trove of possibility.
Principle #3: There is no broad brush.
We have a tendency to see the world at a broad brush level. If we’re feeling dissatisfied with our work, we think, “My job sucks!” If we’re having trouble in a relationship, we paint the entire thing as problematic.
But here’s the basic fact. Nothing you experience in your life – not your job, not your relationships, not your health, nothing – happens at a broad brush level. It’s all the sum total of many smaller things, some negative, and some positive.
When you think at the broad brush level, you’re limited in the positive changes you can make. If your job sucks, you have one option – to make a wholesale change. But if you recognize that your experience at work is actually built of a whole range of smaller positive and negative aspects, you have much more potential to change things for the better.
Principle #4: Think like a sculptor.
The previous principle paves the way for this one. When you identify both the positive and the negative – what energizes and what drains you, what facilitates flow and what blocks it – you can start taking a sculpting approach.
It’s as simple as asking these two questions:
• How do I bring more of what works into the picture?
• How do I reduce or eliminate what doesn’t work?
You can ask these questions as a way to do some first-aid on your current situation if you’re unhappy. You can also apply the sculpting approach over the long term to keep building a positive trajectory, bit-by-bit.
Make it a habit to look at the details of what’s happening in your of work on a regular basis. Ask these questions regularly and consistently make whatever changes you can.
Principle #5: Juice is an inside job.
Feeling more juice in your job isn’t just a matter of making changes in the job itself. It’s also about changing your experience of your job. It’s not just about changing what happens. It’s about changing how you relate to what happens.
In fact, if you only focus on making external changes, you’re missing a huge part of your potential for positive change.
In my work with clients (and in my own life), I have seen repeatedly what a difference internal changes can make, even when nothing external has changed.
And even if you’re in the perfect job, if your internal landscape creates obstacles to experiencing that juice, you’ll be limited in how energized you can really feel.
Principle #6: Your lens creates reality.
There is a saying that, “we don’t see the world as it is, but as we are.”
None of us sees “reality” as it actually is. We see it through the lens of the stories we tell. We don’t just experience, for example, what happens to us – we tell a story about what it means. The stories we tell create the filters of our perception.
If you have ever gotten into a heated debate with someone who doesn’t share your political views, you know what a powerful impact the lens we’re looking through can have on how we see the world. Different stories about “how the world is” create drastically different views.
We are all story-telling creatures. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s how we evolved to make sense of the world around us. The trouble comes when those stories create unnecessary negative experiences and limitations.
This basic fact underlying how we perceive the world offers an opportunity to sculpt our experience for the better. Changing the stories you tell changes your experience.
Principle #7: Your focus shapes your reality.
Just like your stories shape your perceived reality, your focus shapes your experience as well.
It’s not rocket science, really. The more your attention is occupied with positive, uplifting things (like gratitude, or noticing what’s good about your day), the greater percentage of the whole those things occupy.
And the more you focus your mind on the positive, the more you train your brain to notice it. It’s a virtuous circle.
Finally, the more you feed your brain positive input (whether through what you choose to focus on, conversations you have, or even the media you consume), the more it shapes a positive view that is likely to further color how you experience things.
Principle #8: You need a solid foundation.
Imagine yourself standing on one leg, balancing precariously on the edge of a high cliff. How comfortable would you be? Odds are good you would be a hair’s-breadth away from a stressful response to every little shift in the wind.
Now imagine yourself standing with both feet planted firmly on the ground in the middle of a beautiful meadow. You’re crouching slightly so your center of gravity is low and your balance is solid. Do you think you might feel any different in this situation?
That’s what creating a solid foundation (through a good diet, exercises, practices like mindfulness, meditation, breathing practices, etc.) can do for you. Most spend their days teetering on the edge of that cliff, without even realizing it.
Creating a solid foundation both changes how you experience the full range of what your days bring and builds a platform for continued positive growth.
Principle #9: It’s a holistic system.
Finally, recognize that feeling more juice in your job isn’t only influenced by what happens at work. You don’t live in isolated silos (a work silo, a relationship silo, a health silo, etc.). It’s all interconnected.
So if you really want to amp up your ability to feel more juice in your job, take a 360-degree look at your life. Apply Principle #4 (Think like a sculptor) to every aspect of your life.
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Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM
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