It's been seven weeks into the new year already and I'm guessing that many of you have quit working on that personal growth effort you started on January 1. Either things got too busy, you lost interest, or you realized there were no easy answers. I have recently recognized how valuable it is to know myself and am using that knowledge daily as I figure out my next move. I'm hoping this week's question will shed some inner light on what makes you tick, and kickstart your desire to become a better you.
Question of the Week #7
I feel most energized when___________________. (Make a list).
Are you aware of the things that energize you? This question comes in part from the experience I just went through quitting my job--a perfectly good job, exciting even, but one that at the end of the day didn't leave me energized. It left me drained and dragging. Recognizing that I needed to make a change, or the job was going to change me, I chose to leave it behind.
So let's dig deeper. Are you the kind of person who thinks things out, or who talks them out? Does a creative and quiet activity or a loud and collaborative discussion get you going?
You can also approach this week's Question of the Week by thinking about what drains your energy. Once you know that, you should be able to figure out the reverse. Have you ever determined if you are an introvert or an extrovert? The situations that push the limits of most introverts... a crowded networking event, a chaotic potluck at school or church, a workshop filled with lots of deep discussion often leave them exhausted. The more introverted your personality, the more you will wish for peace and solitude when you return home. The extroverts will come home exhilarated and filled with ideas and energy.
Still not sure? Keeping a journal is another way to keep track of why some situations left you dragging and others left you with energy to spare. What were the differences; was it the people involved, your level of responsibility there, the size of the event itself? Getting you to think deeper about your personality, and to become aware of what brings energy (and passion) into your life, helps you prepare to be your own battery charger.
I feel most energized when....
- I have just been a part of a deep discussion
- I see forward progress
- I improve something
- I share stories, or learn something new
- I am in charge of making something happen
- I know that I helped someone see something from a new perspective
- my opinion has made a difference
- I inspire someone
- I learn something new
- I meet new people
- my intuition was right
If the subject of introvert vs extrovert is interesting to you check out the book by Laurie Helgoe called Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength or Quiet: the Power of Introverts by Susan Cain.
May your next week be full of many things that energize YOU.
P.S.S. Susan Cain is coming to speak at GRCC at Fountain Street Church on March 13 and I'm going.