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Joel’s newsletter on More On Energy, September 23, 2009
An ezine about Creative thinking, Coaching, and Making a difference
Today is the first full day of autumn. It's a season that I love because of the beautiful colors of the changing leaves (at least in this part of the world - northeastern USA). It's also a time of harvest. Autumn can mean many things, but here I'd like to look at it in terms of energy, as a continuation of last week's discussion.
Energy is everywhere, and it's constantly in motion. The autumn leaves die because the life energy departs from the leaves and goes back into the tree and the roots. The energy of light travels from the leaves to our eyes, allowing us to see the spectacular colors. That may stir up energy in us in the form of emotion. The fruits of the harvest contain energy stored during the growing season. When we eat them as food, the energy is used to nourish our bodies.
So what does all this mean? As I mentioned last week in "It's all about energy", energy can be catabolic or anabolic. Catabolic is the energy of breaking down; anabolic means building up. Catabolic energy causes plants to decay and mountains to erode. Anabolic energy causes plants to grow, and perhaps become food for other living things. When we look at all the changes that take place in the fall season, we see both catabolic and anabolic processes going on.
Catabolic and anabolic energy are found not only in nature, but in ourselves, too. They affects all aspects of our lives, including the people that we associate with.
When we consider our emotions and thoughts as energy, it becomes clear that they, too, may be catabolic or anabolic. Emotions like love or empathy are constructive, while emotions like hate or guilt are destructive. Thoughts like "I can do it" are anabolic, while thoughts like "I'm not good enough" are catabolic.
Actually there are two kinds of catabolic energy. One kind actively breaks things down, like a hammer hitting a piece of glass. This kind is usually easy to identify. The other kind is more passive. It sucks the energy out, the way a block of ice pulls the heat from your body when you sit on it. This is because the ice has a lower energy level than what it's in contact with. I'm sure you know of people who harbor catabolic energy, either the active kind or the passive kind. You can feel their destructive or draining energy.
There are different kinds of anabolic energy, too. According to Bruce Schneider, author of Energy Leadership - Transforming Your Workplace and Your Life from the Core, there are five levels of anabolic energy. Here I'm going to mention just three of them, the way I understand them.
1. There is the energy of self-maintenance, in which you use your energy primarily to take care of yourself, without hurting others.
2. Next, there is the energy of giving to others, which often has the added benefit of reciprocity.
3. Then there is the energy of being in harmony with others for the benefit of all involved.
Are these really different energy levels? Or are they simply different ways of being? I know from experience that when I'm operating at these different levels, the energy in me feels very different. When I'm just taking care of myself, it feels good, and my energy level is about average. When I give or do something for someone else, I feel really good, and the energy in me is stronger. When I'm working in harmony with a group of people where there is real synergy, I feel energized all over!
An example of the latter kind of anabolic energy is a mastermind group that I'm a member of. We intentionally focus on positive thoughts and energy and we support each other in our goals and in being the best we can be. The energy that I've felt after one of these mastermind meetings is very powerful. There are few other experiences that compare with it.
When you consider the energy in a block of ice and the energy of a furnace or even the sun, there is an enormous difference. Of course, there are intermediate levels between these extremes. The point is that one's energy level can vary greatly, and it is one of the most important factors in the quality and level of success in life.
How can we bring more anabolic energy into our lives and reduce or eliminate any catabolic energy? Briefly, it's a matter of directing one's focus, eliminating energy blocks, and building awareness of the different energy levels. The best way is to take the Energy Leadership Index and work with an Energy Leadership Coach.
Please contact Coach Joel at 973-701-1007 or email@example.com to find out more about and set up your Energy Leadership Index Assessment.
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I'm starting a new section of the newsletter on Creative Ways to do all kinds of things! And I'm looking for creative contributions from YOU!
Please let me know what kinds of things you'd be interested in for this section. And if you already have a creative way to do it, let me know that, too, and I'll add it.
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Creative thinking tip
Break it down. If you want to find creative ways to do something, try breaking it down into smaller chunks or concepts. Then find creative ways to do each smaller chunk.
For example, if you're looking for creative ways to do gardening, you could break that down into: planting, weeding, shape of garden, kinds of plants, etc. Then you might find creative ways to do the actual planting, unusual kinds of plants, creative shapes for the garden, and so on.
I was interested in creative ways to design a website. So I broke that down into: home page, buttons, images, colors, introductory text, archives, etc. Then I could explore each of those areas in turn. I'm still working on this; more creative ideas should be coming soon!
Breaking things down into smaller pieces often makes the problem more manageable. As they say, divide and conquer. And keep thinking creatively!
Quote of the week
"A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done." - Ralph Lauren
This quote to me summarizes well the role of a leader. I believe that the leader's responsibility is to make sure the job gets done or the purpose achieved. In order to do that there must be clarity (the vision), belief that it can be done (conviction) as well as the energy to carry it out. While the leader doesn't necessarily supply all the energy personally, he/she needs to have a high enough energy level to inspire those on the team so that all the energies work together in harmony (synergy).
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