Where are you using your energy? Or, a better question would be, where are you using up your energy?
See. When you do things that come naturally to you, you have enough natural energy to get the project done. When you do something that does not come naturally to you, it’s takes 10 times more energy to get the project done.
Let me give you an example. Let’s say you need to stand up and give a presentation to a group of people at your office. Just the thought of having to do that immediately makes you feel sick to your stomach. You do the presentation, but it’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done. At the end, you’re totally exhausted.
For me, my immediate reaction would be totally different. I would get excited at the thought of presenting in front of people. I’d be like, “Cool. Let me at em’!” I would do the presentation and be totally invigorated afterward.
I’m not playing the comparison game here. But, rather, we’re talking about the fact that everyone has a natural hardwiring. It’s what comes naturally to us. And, life seems to be easier, and more enjoyable, when we’re able to do what comes natural to us.
So, what do you do if you’re at a job that doesn’t align with your natural hardwiring, and projects feel draining to you? Read on.
Three Helpful Pointers to Get Your Energy Up
#1 Replicate a Feeling
In other words, do the project, but replace your uncomfortable feelings with the feelings you get when you’re doing something you like doing. (You kind of trick yourself.)
Do the project you don’t want to do — for a certain length of time — then stop. Step aside, and acknowledge what you just finished. Accomplishment is motivating. Then, after your break, go back to it. (Taking action gets you focused.)
#3 Find Your Right Culture
Do what you got to do to find an environment that embraces the essence of who you are. As I love to ask my audience, “Could you see me working in a library?” They always laugh and yell, “NO!” (Update your resume, go to Monster.com, or start your own business.)
Hope that helps. And, remember, love what is.