This is the one we are most familiar with, although it may be one we most often take for granted. Our physical energy is about eating healthy food, drinking plenty of water, getting good sleep, exercising regularly and taking care of our physical bodes. I'll share that over the last year my business has grown exponentially, and I let it become more important than taking good care of my body. Slowly and unconsciously, I started making quick food choices (not the healthy kind), allowing myself to get dehydrated, drinking just one more soda for the caffeine jolt, and then skipping walking and tennis more and more frequently.
So, I started gaining a few extra pounds, getting tired more easily, feeling overwhelmed and having trouble sleeping through the night. It's also a catch-22 - as I started getting more tired easily, it seemed like it took more effort than I would expect to keep up with my business growth.
As I made a commitment to taking care of my physical energy, everything is getting back into alignment again. I see how my physical energy makes creativity easier, enhances my clarity and physically makes me feel more confident. All of this leads to growing a business with ease, confidence and flow. Sounds good, doesn't it?
What are you noticing in your physical energies? What is the one place you want to commit to a change?
Your mental energy is about your clarity, your thoughts and beliefs. We have 68,000 unique thoughts a day - that is a lot of mental energy! Are yours pulling you down, coming from scarcity and keeping you circling in doubt and anxiety? Or are they generally life supporting and business enhancing?
Just developing an awareness of your consistent thoughts can start to shift them. It's important to notice when you are in doubt, stuck, have fear or anxiety and then shift these corresponding thoughts even a bit to something that is more believable and supportive. It will release the hold on your energy to take confidence and inspired action.
Today, notice if your mind chatter is business-enhancing or business-inhibiting. Just that alone will start to shift you to thinking about what's possible.
Your feelings are your body's way of communicating with you. Your body is a brilliant communication instrument - it will tell you if it feels the emotions we label as anxiety, love, joy, happiness, stuckness, doubt, concern, and worry. You want to pay attention to your body's signals: tightness in your gut, expansiveness in your heart area, a lump in your throat, a headache, tingles in your shoulders.
If your body is talking to you and you aren't listening, then it will get more intense and loud. That's where simple signals of stress will turn into illness and ailments you'll have no choice but to deal with.
Notice what your body is saying to you right now. What messages are you receiving?
How aligned are you with your values, your purpose, and your joy? Are you living your life in integrity? Is your business built upon those principles you truly endorse? Any conflicting choices and actions will inhibit your creative flow - which we often call a divine download. It will block your awareness of your connection to source/god/spirit/universe. This happens when we are in a job we don't like; when we are playing small in our business and not getting our message out there in a bigger way, or when we don't treat our clients how we really want to be treated because we think we have to do it like everyone else.
Where are you feeling your spiritual energy is blocked? What is one step you can take to open up the connection?
The energy around you impacts you and your ability to be clear, focused, in your joy and taking inspired actions. Everything is your environment, from big concerns like the air quality of your community, to the people you hang around with to the clutter in your office. When these aren't dealt with, they make you irritable, resistant to take action and confuse your mind. So you sit in overwhelm and doubt and don't move into the action you know that will bring you closer to your success.
What are you putting up with in your environment? What is one change you can make to improve your energy in this area?
You want to remember to be compassionate with yourself. It's not about beating yourself up because you aren't being perfect in one or more of these areas. It's about developing the commitment to these areas of your personal energy and business energy and understanding how they will impact your personal and business in a fulfilling and joy-filled way.
Believe me: you'll always be moving between all of these types of energy. All 5 will never be perfectly in balance all the time. I don't believe in balance. You are a creative human being, and your creative nature means that you will be changing, evolving, moving to the next new place. You know that - just look at your business. It's always changing and growing. That automatically means you'll be dancing with all 5 energies as you create and move through the evolution of your business. Just by creating awareness in these 5 areas of energy, you can increase your creativity, your clarity, your confidence and your business results!