Finding your right next thing: how is your energy

Your Right Next Thing awaits you at the end of some kind of transition. As with all transitions in life, you will need energy, persistence, focus, intention, attention, drive, resilience, and did I mention energy?

Our energy waxes and wanes in direct proportion to how well we take care of ourselves. I notice that this is often the first thing to fall by the wayside in favour of “more important” priorities like making the phone call, polishing the resume, updating the blog. These tasks are important to be sure, but how we fuel them, how we marshall and spend our energy, underpins success.

Self care is multi-dimensional and needs our daily attention in order to support us any time, and especially during a search for the Right Next Thing. I encourage you to do whatever it takes to nourish your mind, body and spirit. so that you have reserves of energy to support you through your transition.

We seem to think that by pushing our selves, and especially pushing our often-tired brains, we will be more effective. I believe the opposite is true.  Our best thinking, most creative ideas and effective solutions come to us after a period of rest. A deeply refreshing sleep, a rejuvenating vacation, even a short nap can engage our subconscious wise brains to work on problems at a level that is different than that which created them.

A great resource for managing energy is called The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz.  The authors describe how managing  energy links to  success.

An important distinction to make here is between managing our time and managing our energy. In fact, no one can actually “manage time”. Where we can exercise choice is in how we manage ourselves, and specifically, how we manage our energy.

Reflect on your energy in multiple dimensions including physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. Consider the transition that you are navigating toward your Right Next Thing. In what circumstances and environments do you feel most energized? Where do you need more energy?  Where are the gaps? Taking steps toward bridging these gaps will support your successful transition. What I want for you is to have more than enough energy to find and attain your Right Next Thing.