Energized & Open: Twin Keys to Unleashing Your Full Potential

For much of the last fifteen years, I have seen the work I do in terms of one single continuum – from drained to energized. My goal has been to help people move up the continuum from feeling drained in their work towards being energized by it.

But more and more I have come to see another continuum as an equally important piece of the puzzle – one running from constricted to open.

Here’s how I picture the two of them together:

Constricted to Open and Drained to Energized

Want the super-nutshell version of how to use this framework? Here it is:

Make choices and take actions that move you toward feeling more energized and more open. Spend as much time as you can in the upper right of this graph.

Couldn’t be simpler, right? Right. Except it’s not a one-and-done approach. It’s something you do every single day.

(And if that feels overwhelming, consider that you are already making choices and taking actions that are sending you in one direction or the other on each of these continuums – this is just about doing it consciously.)

Life in perpetual motion

Your work life is in perpetual motion along both of these continuums.

Sometimes you feel more energized, sometimes more drained. Sometimes you feel more open, other times more constricted. And it happens on multiple time scales.

At a small time scale, you might feel more energized one moment when working on something particularly fun. Another moment you might feel more drained after a donut-induced sugar crash.

One moment you might feel more open as you brainstorm and explore possibilities for achieving a vision that inspires you. Another moment might find you feeling more constricted when that irritating co-worker gets your goat yet again.

On a broader scale, you can feel more energized when you feel like you are doing work you love. Or more drained when you feel like nothing about the work you do makes any real difference.

Similarly, you might feel more constricted if you habitually stress about things, or focus on what’s wrong. And cultivating practices like meditation and mindfulness can help you live more consistently on the open end of the continuum.

Putting it to work

This framework offers you a simple yet effective way to start exploring and making changes, both long-term and in the here-and-now.

Thinking of your life along these two continuums allows you to do a simple check-in, followed by a look at action you can take. You can ask:

  • Where am I on each of those continuums?
  • What would allow me to move in the direction of more energized?
  • What would help me move towards more open?”

You can do that in the big picture, shaping the trajectory of your career towards work that energizes you and cultivating practices (like meditation or mindfulness) that help you feel less constricted and more open.

You can also do it on a day-by-day, even moment-by-moment basis. Make a habit of checking in with yourself on a daily basis and asking where you are on each of those continuums. Follow that up by asking how you could move more towards energized and/or open.

How it improves your career (and your life)

This simple way of looking at things offers a framework that can change your career and your life for the better in multiple ways. It can:

Improve your quality of life

When you are more energized and more open, life feels better. Simple as that.

Energize your success

When you feel more energized, you have more to put into whatever you do. And when you align what you do with what naturally energizes you, it creates an energy loop where what you do gives you energy that you can in turn put back into what you do.

Create space for your success

The less constricted and more open you are, the more space there is for your success to unfold.

Imagine letting go of a constricting factor like habitual worry. What impact would that have? What might that worry be keeping you from? What new opportunities might you be open to in the space that creates? How might you be able to perform better?

Help you have a greater impact on the world

Moving towards the energized and open ends of the continuums increases your ability to have an impact on the world. This runs the full range from the impact you have moment to moment on the people around you to a greater ability to breathe life into your goals and visions.

If you want to make the most of what life has to offer, tap into what energizes you and give that energy space to flow. You’ll enjoy life more. You’ll achieve more. And you’ll have a greater impact on the world around you.

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The life-changing potential of one single small step

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Do you have a big dream you feel inspired to pursue, but somehow you just never quite get started on it?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how often we let our goals and dreams languish on the shelf, waiting for the time to be right to pursue them (or maybe even feeling deep down like we probably never will).

There are a bazillion reasons we do this. One of the biggies is feeling overwhelmed at the size and perceived do-ability of the vision.

With that in mind, may I present to you…<drumroll,please!>…the superhuman power of one single small step!

Many of us have a tendency to over-complexify things. Looking at the big picture is helpful when it helps you get context for where you’re going and what you need to do to get there. But if you find yourself shouldering the full weight of that big goal right here in the present moment, it’s time to get small!

Why is a single-step focus so powerful? :

Taking that single small step creates momentum

Sometimes the worst enemy of what we want to achieve is the simple inertia of inaction. Taking a step puts you in motion. And when you’re in motion, more movement is easier.

It’s like the difference between trying to start riding a bicycle in a high gear from a standstill and shifting into a high gear while you’re already zooming down the bike path. It takes a lot less effort and feels a lot easier on your legs if you’re already in motion.

Taking that single small step creates success

Taking a single small step can start creating small successes you can build on. Even just the fact that you’re in motion can be celebrated as a success. Feeling that sense of success can cultivate a greater sense that the action you take can lead to more success.

Taking that single small step creates insight

When you take steps, you get results. Something happens as a result of the action you take. That might not always be the result you’re looking for, but regardless of the outcome, there is a potential for learning.

Most of us want the path to success to look like this:

Step…Success…Step…Success….Step…Wheeeeeee! Big success!

A more accurate (if abbreviated) picture is this:

Step…Hmmmm…that didn’t quite work. Why not? What could I do differently?…Step…Oh yeah, that’s better…Step…Crap! I thought I had this figured out. What went wrong?…Step…Ohhhh yeah! That’s what I’m talkin’ about, baby!

Taking that single small step creates opportunity

Finally, taking that first step puts things in motion that can open doors to opportunity you would never have seen if you just stood at the starting line and scanned the possibilities you could clearly see from there.

Maybe the door opens because taking a step created a connection you didn’t have before. Maybe that step planted an idea in your head. Maybe it gave you a better picture of the reality of what you’re trying to do, so you can adjust and refocus.

The opportunities you can see when you’re standing still is just a fraction of the opportunities that will show up when you start taking action.

At the end of the day, standing still and thinking about what you do will never take you down the path to your goal. The only way to get there is step by step by step.

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5 types of support you need to get Wild About Work

If you want to create work you love, do not, do not, do not fall prey to the notion that you can do it all yourself! That’s a great way to both fail and have a really sucky, insecure, fear-filled time in the process.

When I first started my Passion Catalyst coaching work back in 2001, I was making a change from a past life as a marketing guy. While I was a natural coach (I literally put a framework around what I did naturally), I wasn’t a career expert.

To start developing a knowledge base, I interviewed dozens of people who had successfully pursued their passions in their careers to learn from their success.

It was a fascinating project. One of the biggest themes I saw was this: “I couldn’t have done it alone.” Almost every single person I talked to echoed some variation of that theme.

Today’s video reflects that basic truth that getting Wild About Work is NOT a solo sport.

In the video, I dive (with my customary perfect imperfection) into five key areas to seek out support:

Emotional support: Guess what? You’re human! This ride is going to be a lot less bumpy and a lot more effective if you consciously seek out emotional support along the way.

Professional support: Seeking out mentors can play a huge role in creating a career you love. There is no shortage of people who have been there, done that – why not tap into their insights?

Clarity support: Whether it is a coach like me or a friend who has a gift for helping you sort through things, having someone in your life to help you get clarity can help you minimize the time you spend spinning your wheels, help you stop getting in your own way, and find focus so you can take action and get traction.

Inspiration support: Surrounding yourself by people who inspire and energize you can be .a source of fuel you can put into your success.

Role model support: This is related to the previous one. You become the people you spend most of your time with – make who you become a conscious decision by spending time with people who embody the qualities you want to develop.

As you can see, this video was another step in my path of perfect imperfection (taking action and doing something, rather than dithering with perfectionizing and doing nothing). The white noise of the waterfall is stronger than I would like. Time to get a remote mic, I think.

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

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Career Passion 101

A big part of getting Wild About Work is doing work that energizes you. In this video, I share a nuts-and-bolts, common sense approach to finding passion in your work.

Based on the approach I developed in my Passion Catalyst coaching to help my clients create careers that energize and inspire them, in this video, I take a look at:

  • My definition of passion
  • Why passion isn’t about what you love
  • How to identify your passion’s basic building blocks that you can use to both improve your current work and plan for passion in your career’s future

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The good enough secret to success

Is your vision for what you want to create in your world being repressed by the inner tyranny of perfection? Does the need to “get it right” drag down your efforts to reach your goals?

If the answer to that is yes, this video is for you. In it, I take a look at the good enough secret to success (while taking another step in my path of perfect imperfection).

As Brene Brown said in her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, “Perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life-paralysis.”

I’m committed to moving towards my vision for the impact I feel called to make in the world with positive, productive, perfect imperfection. I’m not sure my ego will ever actually buy the story that imperfection is OK, but I’m gallumphing forward whether my ego approves or not.

I learned a couple things doing this video. First, I need to reposition the lighting in front of me so you don’t keep seeing the reflection in my glasses (or just get some dad-gummed contacts!). And second, I need to figure out how to eliminate the shadows from my wild gesticulations.

I cringe a bit when I watch this video (cringing seems to be a standard reaction as I take steps here), but I love that I’m in the game and taking action.

How about you? Is there anything you need to do to move towards your goals that would benefit from a little perfect imperfection? What would taking a good enough approach look like? What one thing can you identify that you can do “good enough” and start creating some momentum?

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The power of perfect imperfection

I want to invite you to join me in something I am convinced will both open the door to possibilities and facilitate momentum towards your goal.

What is it? Perfect imperfection!

In my last post on wearing my Vulnerability Hat, I mentioned how I have dragged my heels on starting to share my ideas via videos, in large part because of a desire to get it perfect before I put it out there.

Over the weekend I realized I could – and probably would – keep planning for perfection until I retire if I didn’t just do something. I needed to get away from my computer, away from creating any kind of setup that would make it look professional and slick, and away from the temptation to keep doing take after take until I got it “right.”

So I did the only logical thing – I climbed a tree.

Yep, the maiden voyage of my Wild About Work videos was done 20 or 30 feet up. No way to obsess about perfection when I’m hanging on to a tree branch as I talk.

Here’s the video. Keep reading below for my thoughts on perfect imperfection.

As you can see, the video was high on imperfection. Oh-too-shaky? Check. (It gets marginally better around the 1:20 mark as I realized I needed to hold it with two hands.) Looking at the screen instead of the camera? Roger that. And let’s face it – it’s basically a video selfie.

But here’s the thing – I did it! Allowing it to be perfectly imperfect allowed me to take action. I blasted through the stuck inertia of the last umpteen months and made a video. I embraced the perfection of imperfection and did something. And that gave me a video to post here, results to learn from, and momentum to build on.

I have to be honest, posting this video in all its imperfection isn’t the easiest thing for me to do. But I’m not going to make any progress toward my vision of helping live energized, impactful, heart-based lives by sitting and making things perfect. I’m going to make progress by taking imperfect action.

The idea I talk about in the video of making everything an experiment made it somewhat easier. My commitment in doing this was to give perfection the heave-ho and make it an experiment, learning from the results and building on that.

And guess what? I got results! I learned! I moved! Mission accomplished.

How about you? Where in your life do you need to embrace perfect imperfection and take an experimental approach? What are you not moving on that you could blast free with a little experimentation?

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Ask-0-Rama: Expand what’s possible, guaranteed!

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Want a guaranteed way to blow the doors wide open on what’s possible in your life? Put this one simple word into play on a consistent basis:

Ask.

It seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? If you want something, asking opens the door to the possibility of getting it. Not asking…well, not so much.

And yet for many (most?) of us, asking is precisely what we don’t do.

The Ask-o-Rama

Much to my chagrin, that includes me. I’m naturally inclined to reach out and offer help. But historically I have pretty much sucked at asking.

Whether that has been asking for help or asking for the sale, that reluctance has had a negative effect on my ability to do what it feels like I’m here to do, to make the difference I feel called to make.

So I guess it was only a matter of time before I would create an opportunity to face that head on.

A couple days ago I decided to contact each of my Facebook friends with a request to share a link to my two series on how to feel more juice in your job and how to make work more meaningful.

It was a simple thing to ask. It was easy for people to do (or not do), and my motivation was wanting to get the insights and ideas of those posts into the hands of the people who need them. And yet doing it made me squirm, taking me headlong into my discomfort zone.

In an exchange with one of the first friends I asked (Patti Digh, author of Life Is a Verb and several other books), my effort to spread the word about the posts turned into something bigger. Rather than an isolated effort to spread the word on some blog posts, it became my first foray into “the year of making the ask.”

Or, as I like to think of it, making my life an Ask-O-Rama!

Turn your life into an Ask-O-Rama

The idea behind turning your life into an Ask-O-Rama is simple. Figure out what you need, then ask for it. Not exactly rocket science.

But the keys to the kingdom don’t come from just knowing what you need. They come from asking for it. Asking puts possibilities in motion. There are no guarantees that you will get what you ask for all the time, but some of the time you will.

And if you don’t, as hockey great Wayne Gretzky noted, “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.”

Here are some thoughts on creating your own Ask-O-Rama.

Brainstorm ask-fodder

Before you ask, you need to know what to ask for. A good place to start is to spend some time brainstorming. Answer questions like:

  • What help do I need?
  • What support do I need?
  • What are my goals? What would help me move toward them?
  • What challenges am I experiencing? What would help me overcome them?
  • How can I ask people to join me?
  • What commitment do I need to ask people to make?
  • What contribution do I need people to make?

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Embrace non-attachment

The very act of making the ask sets you up to hear no. Except for the occasional sales-type for whom hearing doesn’t seem to have the slightest effect, that can throw cold water on your commitment to keep going with it.

To counter that, take a non-attachment approach. Throw the requests out there, but do it with the understanding that living in an Ask-O-Rama is really a numbers game. Sometimes you’ll hear yes, and sometimes you’ll hear no.

In fact, the very nature of the Ask-O-Rama life means you’ll hear no more. You might even turn up the volume on hearing no by making a habit of making unreasonable requests.

If you let go of your attachment to hearing yes, and stop giving any meaning to yes and no (“Yes means success. No means failure, or rejection.”) your path is going to be a whole lot easier.

On a related note, when you do hear “no,” don’t make it about you. The more gracefully you can accept a no as simply an indication of what works for that person at that point in time, the more comfortable people will be getting requests from you.

Look at what’s getting in the way

Unless making the ask is easy and natural for you, you’ll probably run into obstacles that get in your way. For some people, that might be about fear of rejection. For me, it’s more about not wanting to impose on people, not wanting to put them in the uncomfortable position of having to say no to me, or feeling obligated to say yes but not really wanting to.

If the idea of making requests brings up any resistance, ask yourself why. The more insight you have into what’s blocking you, the more ability you have to do something about it.

Keep track

Finally, keep track of the yeses you get. Record what came out of it – what you were able to accomplish as a result, what doors opened, what obstacles you over came, etc. Review that on a regular that to reinforce that, even if asking inherently means hearing no more often, it also creates possibilities.

Don’t just ask – offer too!

One last thing to think about as you work to make your life an Ask-O-Rama. Don’t just focus on asking. Look for opportunities to offer as well. You want to create a balanced flow of the energy of giving and receiving.

Try a 30-Day Ask-O-Rama experiment

Let’s face it. Committing to wholesale change for the rest of your life can be a recipe for falling flat in your commitment. Instead of resolving to me the rest of your life an Ask-O-Rama, try making it a 30-Day Experiment. For the next 30 days, turn your life into an Ask-O-Rama. Brainstorm requests, the challenge yourself to make at least one request a day for the next 30 days.

What are you going to ask for first?

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Energize your work with a big picture vision

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Imagine having a job that isn’t a good fit, one that feels uninspiring, even frustrating. Now imagine projecting that forward for the next ten years.

Does it get heavier? Does that feel harder to tolerate than simply spending one day doing something that is out of alignment?

That projection is something many people do. They take a less-than-ideal current experience and project it forward, filling the future with an infinite series of uninspired days like two mirrors reflecting each other. If you think of each of those days as a mental, emotional weight, that gets heavy quickly!

Why do people do that? Because that’s all they can see! They look into the future and see a void, which their mind then fills in with more of the same.

The value of a vision

The good news is that you can take advantage of the flip side of that as well. Instead of projecting your current dissatisfaction endlessly into the future, you can project inspiration.

When you feel stuck on an endless treadmill of uninspired days, it can feel draining and disheartening. But what if you were actually headed someplace you cared about? What if the work you do today could be put in the context of a step towards a vision that energizes and inspires you?

Imagine creating a 10-year vision for your career, a goal that inspires you and challenges you to bring your full array of gifts and abilities to the game. It might be related to what you’re currently doing, or it might be something completely unrelated.

(Check out these links for more on the benefits of a vision and how to discover your vision.)

When you find a compelling vision and commit to moving towards it, it creates a whole new context for the here and now. First, it blasts you loose from Stuckville. You no longer feel condemned to repeat day after day of a job that doesn’t really work for you.

On the surface, nothing might have changed. You might still be showing up, putting in your time in a job that doesn’t quite fit, and going home. But now you’re also creating momentum toward something you care about.

That one simple fact can cause a huge shift in how you experience your work. Why? Because you no longer have the weight of an infinite number of future days of a job that drags you down. You can see a different possibility. More importantly, you’re starting to move towards it.

A vision opens the door to action

When you identify that vision, you can start asking questions, like:

  • What steps do I need to take to get there?
  • What part of my current experience can help me make it happen?
  • Where are the opportunities to learn and grow in my current work that can better prepare me to make this happen?
  • Who do I need to know to help me make it happen?
  • What knowledge do I need to gain?
  • What communities do I need to get involved in?

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You’ll notice that, once you get the context of what it’s going to take to get there, you can start exploring how to take advantage of your current path. Now suddenly it’s not just an ill-fitting job stumbling into an infinitely ill-fitting future. There is potential to find value in it, even if it’s not yet what you really want to be doing.

Is there training you could pursue? A project you could volunteer for that would give you valuable experience? Mentors you can find?

Even if there is absolutely nothing you can find in your current job that will help move you towards the vision, you can still put it in context of that vision.

How? By recognizing that it’s a platform from which to start building. Think of your current job as a funding source to fund your pursuit of your vision. While you are taking steps on a parallel track (learning, building relationships, etc.) your job is providing a revenue stream to meet your needs.

So what’s your vision?

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5 steps to a support system to help you get Wild About Work

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We humans are social critters. When social connection is missing, it impacts both our mental and physical health.

Given that, it’s not surprising that an important component of Getting Wild About Work is creating a support network.

I have interviewed many people who have successfully pursued their passion over the years. To a person, they all said some variation on, “I couldn’t have done this alone.”

As you look at creating and continuing a career that lights you up, spend some time with these five key questions.

1. What support do I need?

Being aware of what support you need makes it easier to reach out and find it. Look at it from multiple angles. It might include:

Emotional support: Friends and communities where you can show up, be authentic, talk through challenges, etc.

Goal support: Do you need help keeping your focus on your goal and taking action? (This might be professional, like a career or life coach, or personal, like a friend or colleague who is also working towards goals of their own you can mutually support.)

Clarity support: Do you need someone to help you sort through things? Do you need a sounding board for ideas, or someone to help you unravel points of confusion? (This could be either a coach like me or a friend/colleague with a gift for diving in and sorting things out.)

Inspiration support: Do you need to spend more time around people who inspire you? Remember that in many ways we become who we spend time with. Do you need more people around you who inspire you to be your best, to achieve your goals, etc.?

Professional support: Are there specific areas where you need the expertise of an expert? (e.g., a marketing consultant, and accountant, a career coach, a dietician, etc.)

Authenticity support: This isn’t an area people tend to think of when they think of the support they need, but having people around you who encourage and celebrate your showing up authentically can play a hugely important role in creating a career and life that aligns with who you really are.

Fun and play support: Again, not a stereotypical support role, but for some people life gets entirely too serious. Having people around you who don’t can be an important part of lightening up.

Activity support: Having people around who are always on the go and initiating things can be a great spark of energy, especially for people whose inertia leads them to couch-sitting blobdom if they’re not careful.

This is far from an all-inclusive list. It’s just something to get you started. Spend some time exploring those, then ask what other forms of support to mind. Keep adding to the list as forms of support spring to mind.

2. How do I currently get that support?

Take stock of where that support already exists in your life. This is the low-hanging fruit that is already there and available.

3. What support is missing?

Looking at those first two questions together lets you do a gap analysis of sorts. For example, maybe you feel inspired to think big and make a difference, but that mindset  isn’t one most of the people around you share. You might realize you need the support and energy of others who are inspired and driven by making a difference.

4. Where can I get that support?

The beauty of identifying what’s missing is that you now have a starting point for exploring how to find that support. You can think of this in a couple different ways.

  • Individuals: Who can offer specific assistance or play a specific role? For example, if you’re self-employed and realize you need help on the business side of things, who can offer that? Or if you need more social time with like-minded individuals, who are the people you currently know you can reach out to?
  • Group: What are the groups or communities where the kind of people who offer the kind of support you need hang out. Maybe it’s a professional organization, or a spiritual community. Maybe it’s a meetup of people with a common interest.

5. What action can I take now? (Then take it.)

Last but not least, you have to do something! Pick someone and reach out to them. Schedule a time for coffee, or schedule a meeting. Send out an e-mail blast and get together a group of people to go to listen to a speaker sharing insights you all have a common interest in.

You don’t have to create a full-on support system all this week. Instead, think of it as a regular, recurring part of your process. Make a date with yourself once a month (or however often feels right for you) to ask the questions I outlined above.

Make a deal with yourself to come out of that meeting with yourself with two things. First, identify what support is critical for moving forward right now. Then commit to figuring out how to find it in the next week/month/whatever time frame works.

Second, identify the next steps you can take to keep building a stronger, more robust support system. Remember, this isn’t about doing it all at once. It’s about consistently, persistently building that support into your life, one step at a time.

 

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Why your career needs you to meditate (or breathe, or eat mindfully, or…)

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Imagine a career chock full of what lights you up. It actually energizes you to do the work. Sounds like a dream, right?

It is. But if you’re like many people, you’re losing a lot of that energy unnecessarily.

Try this on and see if it feels a bit too familiar. You get up and hit the ground running. You’re late getting out the door, and then you feel the stress rising as you want to fly down the road at Mach 10 and traffic is moving at Mach 0.000001.

You finally get to the office, check your e-mail, and discover the big project you’re leading is going sideways. You look at your to-do list and realize you have three months of to-do’s crammed into your morning. You can feel the stress and anxiety start to build.

Your scenario may look different than that, but for many (if not most) people in this high paced culture we live in, the end result is the same. Your energy goes flying off in all directions like spinning fireworks.

The negative impact of an energy leak

In a scenario like the one I described above, it’s like your life has an energy leak.

Think of the sum total of energy you have any given day as water going through a hose, maybe to water a garden. When you love what you’re doing you have plenty of water coming through the hose. Lots to keep your plants healthy and robust.

When your energy is flying off in all directions, when you feel frenzied and frantic, or just plain stressed, it’s like that hose springs a leak. Or multiple leaks. You don’t get the full benefit of all the energy of loving your work.

Not only that, you don’t have that energy to put back into the work you’re doing. So the virtuous cycle nature of work you love (you do work that energizes you, and put that energy back into doing work that energizes you) gets interrupted.

You need a grounding practice

That energy loss effect is precisely why I include some kind of grounding practice as one of the foundations of well-being in the Wild About Work ecosystem (along with diet, exercise, hydration, and sleep).

A grounding practice, like meditation, or mindfulness, or any one of a bazillion beneficial practices, stops the energy from flying off in all directions. It plugs the leak in that hose, so more of your energy goes in a positive and productive direction.

It also gives you more space to deal with the challenging things in life. If somebody bumps you while you’re teetering on the edge of a cliff on one leg, it’s going to stress you out a lot more than if you’re standing on solid ground with both feet firmly planted.

A grounding practice helps create that solid ground to stand on.

You don’t have to be a yogi

If you don’t currently have any kind of grounding practice, you don’t have to wrap yourself in a pretzel and sit on a mountain top. It can be as simple as stopping and focusing on your breath for a minute or two.

I recently realized that my morning meditation practice is so important to my well-being that, if I had to make the horrible choice between meditation and my morning coffee, coffee would lose (thankfully I don’t live in a world where I have to make that choice!).

But it hasn’t always been a part of my life. When I first dipped my toe in the meditation waters, I used an idea from a wonderful book titled Meditation Made Easy called the Do Nothing Technique.

It’s as easy as it sounds. I just sat on my couch for five minutes doing nothing (at the time even that felt unnatural, as I was a bit of a do-er), letting my thoughts go where they wanted. I described it as “practicing doing nothing,” rather than meditating. Over time, that expanded to ten minutes, then fifteen. Eventually, I realized that it had evolved into what felt like meditation.

I’ll be sharing more ideas in this blog on ways to incorporate a grounding practice into your life.

To sum it up, if you want to get Wild About Work, if you want to both experience as much of that juice from your job as possible and give yourself more room to maneuver, a regular grounding practice is a vital piece of the puzzle.

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