“How’s your new job?” I asked a friend over lunch.
“It’s fine. I’m just so tired,” she sighed.
This was an unusual response from one of the most creative, energetic, changemakery, and positive people I know. Her job was perfect on paper. The problem was that her inner motor was fueled by opportunities to be innovative, creative, and visionary — which this position didn’t offer.
She was running on empty.
For some people, having creative, innovative, out-of-the box work would be draining. Different things ignite our inner fire and propel us forward. If your work is making you “tired,” or you’re feeling stalled, it might be time to reflect on if your work is nourishing your unique engine.
Just like machines, different “fuels” energize people. Which of these archetypes sounds like you? (None are “better” than the other by the way, and you might be drawn to more than one).
You’re energized by being physically active and pushing yourself beyond your limits.
You’re energized by beautiful things, good food, and everything yummy about the natural world.
You’re energized by writing, speaking, networking, and connecting with people.
You’re energized by making people feel comfortable, nourished, and at home.
You’re energized by self-expression (and you don’t mind a little drama too)!
You’re energized by solving people’s problems and being of service in practical ways.
You’re energized by working with others in balanced and collaborative relationships.
You’re energized by deep, intense experiences that change you and others from the inside out.
You’re energized by the pursuit of understanding “The Truth” about life through travel, learning, or religion/spirituality.
You’re energized by working hard towards a big goal, even if it takes awhile.
You’re energized by future-oriented, visionary, and out-of the box thinking.
You’re energized by the opportunity to ease pain for people who are suffering.
Is your work providing you with the type of fuel you need?
If it isn’t, how can you add more activities into your day that express the archetype(s) you’re drawn to?
Please don’t starve yourself. Give yourself the nourishment you need. Change the work you have, or find new work that fuels your inner engine.
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