Three years ago, my mother recommended an energy assessment technique that she had studied in a coaching course. She handed me a hardback book with a blue cover called "Energy Leadership." The book's lessons have helped make noticeable changes to my own life and I have shared them with many clients, co-workers, friends, classmates and community members. The book is based on the story of a real world business coach (the author, Bruce Schneider) who enters a failing small business to insert his psychological and metaphysical theories. Sales are declining, personnel is unraveling and the entire company is treading on thin ice. Enter Coach Schneider, who works with the principal to alter internal energy levels through validation and visualization techniques.
I have read the book over 7 times and would often use it as a midday break to a busy workday to remind myself of the importance of my own energy levels and the impact they have on my "external" environment. External is placed in quotations because energy leadership theory is based on quantum physics, the premise that the entire universe is not ‘Newtonian’ but rather, as Einstein found it, connected. At any given point an individual’s operating energy levels can be plotted on the chart below. (Take a few minutes to study the chart below. Can you recall a time when you've experience each of these thoughts, feelings and actions?)
The chart is a guide to help understand your own energy levels and the energy levels of others. The weakest energy levels and lowest corresponding power output are depicted within the inner most circles. These inner most circles, and corresponding energy levels, are filled with catabolic emotions such as conflict, anger, defiance, apathy, lethargy, no faith, victim, and needing.
We’ve all had these thoughts before:
"What is wrong with me?"
"Why does this always happen to me?"
"Why is my colleague so stupid!"
In fact, these thoughts are totally normal. (Normal but not necessary!) And the more that we operate from such conflicted emotional states, the more we will attract similar energy levels (Yes, that would mean attracting even more stupid colleagues.)
As one resonates at higher energy levels depicted as the mid to outer-ranges of the diagram, similar energies are attracted and potential output increases. In my own experience identifying and understanding these energy levels is extremely important to leadership and performance potential. Throughout any period of time your energy levels could be expressed like the index of a stock price: the higher the average resonance level, the higher the potential output.
In addition to the general understanding and application of Energy Leadership Theory, I am on the lookout for two distinct signs from myself:
1) How do I react, if I am confronted with conflict energy? As Energy Leadership would predict, I have a natural inclination to respond with even more conflict. Since learning this about myself, I no longer react immediately. I take my time, relax and think to myself, 'if I were not feeling conflicted, but rather responsible or cooperative or at peace or joyful, how would I respond?'
2) I am also mindful of how I approach my family, career, education and life. Operating from joy, passion, and synergy leads to a life filled with impressive people and inspirational opportunities.
I encourage your to pick up a copy of Schneider's book, "Energy Leadership" and I look forward to any comments on how his teachings have helped your academic, professional or athletic progression.