“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, outside-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.
Beautiful things, good food and wine, and everything yummy about the natural world energize you.
The Social Communicator
Writing, speaking, networking, and connecting with people energize you.
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)!
Solving people’s problems and being of service in practical ways energizes you.
Working with others in balanced and collaborative relationships energizes you.
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.
Working hard towards a big goal energizes you, even if it takes awhile.
Future-oriented, visionary, and out-side-of the box thinking energizes you.
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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