The Importance of Energy in the Workplace
Energy is important. We obtain energy from the foods we eat, from adequate amounts of sleep, from exercise, and from self-care.
The type of energy I wish to explore today, however, is the type of energy that is not attained through any of those things. A type of energy that is contagious, that allows someone to walk into a meeting and lift the mood entirely. A type of energy that you want to be around, that pushes you to work harder and be better because, well, you want to.
This type of energy is rare and more importantly, extremely valuable. People with this type of energy lift others up and initiate effective work from those they come in contact with. They are positive, fun, go-getters with a “can do” attitude and an obvious appetite for life.
I am lucky enough to personally have someone in the office that falls into this category. This person possesses this type of energy and exudes it. When I’m having a lull in my work, I have one conversation with them and bam… I am automatically recharged and inspired to do my best work.
If you are finding yourself in need of this energy, as most of us are, there are a few ways to find it – and that doesn’t exclude from within yourself.
- Find the energy
Is there anyone in your life that, immediately after you talk with them you feel great and ready to take on the day? If you’re fortunate enough to have someone around you regularly that does this for you, never let them go. They can be a role model, a mentor, a colleague – anything. Finding this energy within another is invaluable, and my guess is that person is more than happy to help lift your spirits. Strive to emulate their attitude in your daily life, think, “how I see them is how I want others to see me.”
This energy is not necessarily something we are born with. This energy can be taught, and if you discipline yourself enough, you can possess this energy day-in and day-out, and become the person people seek out when they need to refuel. Encourage others, always remain positive, and smile through even the most seemingly mundane of tasks. Be the change you wish to see in the world? How about we also be the energy we wish to see in the world.
- Appreciate the value
Understanding your work and the ultimate end goal is important in order to stay focused and motivated each day. Realize that what you are doing today, is bettering your tomorrow, your next year, and the rest of your life. Keep that in mind, and your energy will stay at high levels, that I can guarantee.
Good energy, good work, good life.