• Athletes In The Zone


Updated: Aug 11, 2021

Einstein taught us that anything that is matter is energy, so all the physical world around us including our own bodies are really made of energy. This is an energetic universe we live in and everything about us is ENERGY.

Now, haven’t we all felt the vibe in a room? Haven’t we all enjoyed the enthralling energy while watching a match in a stadium? It’s an adrenaline rush! Think about how certain people or events increase our energy while some drain it; how some food increases it while some don’t.

Even while working as a team, be it in sport or at our workplace, have you observed that if the energy of a few of the team members falls, everyone starts feeling the same kind of energy? On the flip side, an inspiring speech by our leaders boosts our spirits. The energy just starts feeling like it's multiplying and the entire team goes into a whirlwind of chaos or amazing achievements are met. Usually, people in decision making or leadership positions have a greater impact on the energy of the team as a whole. In such situations, it is can be considered an important responsibility of our leaders to observe and change such energy exchanges and replace them with positive energy environments.

But first, as the cliched statement reminds us to “put on our life jacket first,” we need to fill up our own positive energy. Let us highlight a short excerpt:

A man goes to the village to visit the wise man and he says to the wise man, “I feel like there are two dogs inside me. One dog is this positive, loving, kind, and gentle dog and then I have this angry, mean-spirited, and negative dog and they fight all the time. I don’t know which is going to win.” The wise man thinks for a moment and he says, “I know which is going to win. The one you feed the most, so feed the positive dog.”

We all can agree that when we feel positive, that positive energy rubs off on others around us. So feeding that positive dog enhances our personal experiences and our interactions with others as well. But this internal positivity isn’t about faking it or pleasing others. When you try to please everyone to be positive, it just takes the power away from you. Rather focus on feeling good within. This positive energy isn’t coming from eating candy bars or coffee, it's the true joy, happiness, passion and excitement.

When it comes to seeing the impact of positive energy, even scientific evidence has shown improvements in productivity among workers when the work environments are fuelled by positive relational energy- the energy created through interactions with others. As we are social animals, such relational energy is bound to be created. But the good news is, that we can CREATE it, and not just be influenced by it.

So how do we feed the positive dog? How do we create this positive energy within and around us? A book was written by Jon Gordon called “The Energy Bus”, beautifully categorises the 10 golden rules of life which could help enrich our lives and help us thrive.

This book highlights that creating and experiencing positive energy is largely in our hands.

YOU are the driver of your energy bus.

Not to say that others don’t influence us. Sometimes we feel like we didn’t have a choice in how we felt. Many times, we get swayed by others and let others drive us. This creates a loss of control over our own energy. But if we are in the driving seat, we can make the decisions about where our destination is (VISION), the passengers who get on and who don’t and how we treat them.

But we also need to fuel the bus. Imagine going to a fuel station and there were 2 pumps to choose from: positive and negative energy- which one would you choose? I think we all would say, “obviously, I would choose positive energy.” But then again, sometimes our words and actions do not match. We don’t realise that every day we choose energy in our lives as well and share that energy with people around us as well. If we choose the positive energy, it acts as a boost to move towards our visions and stay on that journey.

Positive energy is the momentum for your journey towards your vision.

Now, once your bus is ready to go, think about all the successful people in the world. Even though they put in lots of hours alone towards their personal and professional development, they wouldn’t have reached the top without the support and assistance of certain people. So, invite people on your bus.

Give them tickets but communicate your vision to them, so they know where your bus is going. If you don’t communicate your visions and goals, unhelpful passengers may also hop on to your bus. Such people who do not share your vision may drain energy from your bus so please beware! Keep energy vampires off! We definitely would love our favourite people on our bus, but they may not share our vision. So they may not hop on but try not to fret. Focusing on who we have on our bus would make our ride more joyful than reminiscing about people who did not.

These few tips can help us drive our bus with positive energy and fuel our journey towards our destination!

Want to know how others can influence your energy? Want to know how to deal with de-energising environments? Hope onto to the blog titled “ People by energy”

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