PEOPLE BUY ENERGY
Did you know it has been scientifically shown that the heart has an electromagnetic field that can radiate how you feel to your external environment?
When you get excited about your work or tasks, people see that and feel that. This positivity and enthusiasm help get people on your bus and love their journey as well. People buy energy. Real energy and enthusiasm.
All the rewards and materialistic gifts one day or another are forgotten, but what you give, the LOVE you give to others will remain. It’s because that positive emotional flow you create in someone will be cherished for longer than that promotion. Even in businesses, the more customers like you, the more you will be referred to. Enthusiasm helps them get on the bus, but love helps them stay on!
Love helps bring out the best in individuals. All those businesses who are struggling with keeping their turnover rates low, remember to check how you treat your employees and treat them with Love!
You can easily show people your LOVE by
a) Making time for them
b) Really listening to them
c) Recognise them and their efforts
d) Help them grow in their careers, life and spirits
e) Bring out the best in them by helping them discover their strengths
But now many of you would think about those energy vampires and how sometimes we might feel stuck in such environments? Such environments are de-energising. De-energising environments and behaviours don’t let people’s strengths shine and may cause their growth to be stunted.
So how do we turn around such de-energising environments?
Step 1. Awareness
It is very important to first be aware of how we feel and what environments energise or drain us. This is very helpful to bring changes in our energy bus.
People in positions of leadership play a very important role. “Personally, my approach to energy changed when I was told by my superiors about my de-energising behaviours. It came as a shock to me, but it was the best feedback I received” (Irani, Performance psychology intern). Similarly, making individuals, teams and organizations aware of such de-energising behaviours could go a long way in addressing such energy patterns and bring a shift.
Energy mapping in organizations or teams can be highly effective in recognising de-energising interactions, e.g. between the coach and the athlete. This can help rectify such draining of energy from the team environment.
Sometimes it’s possible to communicate to “energy-vampires” how their energy impacts us. But sometimes we can’t. While negativity does exist around us, we can choose to BRING OUR OWN ENERGISING ENVIRONMENT. And sometimes it works wonders. It can potentially rub off and maybe make such negative environments more positive.
As Jon Gordon says,
“Your positive energy and vision has to be greater than anyone else’s negativity; your certainty must be greater than anyone else’s doubts- because you will always find people doubting you and telling you that you cannot achieve that level of success. They are not riding their own bus but ruining everyone else’s ride too. That is how important positive energy is".
Step 2: Make it a habit
One day is not enough. Keeping feeding the positive dog and keep eliminating energy vampires from the bus. The more you do it, the stronger you will get. It’s like training your mind muscles to attract that positivity and be stronger while facing energy vampires. I’m sure you can agree with practising this because many times, positive muscle isn’t strong enough and is easily shaken by stronger negative energies.
Remember- Strengthening that muscle requires us to find value in ourselves. Who am I and what is my vision and purpose?
Creating rituals like writing a “good task diary” or anything you did well in that day, like one good call or one good meeting or good cook in the day, could help fill your positive bucket. This inspires us to create successes tomorrow as well.
Step 3: Gratitude
Lastly, feed the positive dog through gratitude. I know it's corny but “thinking” about the situation as a “glass is half full,” seeing situations as a blessing, can be very useful to fuel our bus with positivity.
To conclude, keeping our eyes on our purpose helps create true excitement, focus and positive energy, making us less likely to be swayed by energy-draining environments and people. E-motion= energy in motion! It may seem that such word-play is cliché and just positive word banter, but would you rather not choose to let positive energy flow through your body and mind and uplift you, rather than negative energy flow causing you to feel sadness, despair and hopelessness?