Achieving the level of mastery you have now in your profession and the position you hold today did not happen by accident. It likely required persistence, determination and a sustained level of energy over time.
Yet sustaining your energy can be a challenge even for the most motivated and determined of leaders.
That’s why 16 leaders from around the world got together to leverage their collective wisdom on how to ignite your energy and breakthrough those inevitable moments of feeling stuck, overwhelmed or just plain worn out. The result of this collaboration is a recently released book called Energize Your Leadership.
Below are just two ideas for reigniting your energy and the energy of those you lead from this treasure trove of stories and lessons learned.
When confronted with challenges, have serious fun
Jon Mertz reminds us that: “Our days are still the same 24 hours they were 50 years ago, but we spend a larger percentage of our time doing work. This translates into a serious mind. Without fun, we get bogged down in drudgery… seriousness without fun dulls our creative edge.”
We are not machines, yet sometimes we work as if we are. We too easily forget that periods of intensely hard work must be balanced with rest and release from stress. While machines need to be maintained and repaired, our minds need to be stimulated and refreshed to tap our creativity and realize the real value of our collective intelligence.
Consider that when you or your team are feeling drained or when work is feeling like drudgery, introducing fun and play can lift everyone’s energy and perspective. It can also improve results and work satisfaction.
Finding ways to add fun and play, especially while doing the most serious of work, can ignite the spark of creativity and collaboration needed to break through your most daunting challenges.
Take a risk in pursuit of something that matters to you
LaRae Quy went from growing up on a cattle ranch, to a desk job in finance after college to becoming an FBI agent. Her path certainly was more of discovery of a “Plan B” than a clear trajectory to a desired future. Finding her way to a job that energized her required her to try, and at times fail, to find her way.
In reading LaRae’s story, I was struck by her willingness to continue to risk the known and predictable paths in pursuit of something that would light her up.
The more accomplished a leader becomes the more risk there is to changing what they do or even how they lead. But you don’t have to change jobs to change things up. In being willing to take a risk in pursuit of something that matters to you, you can quickly break up the stagnant energy of your personal status quo.
The courage to risk failing while pursuing something you want can help you discover a surprising path to success and satisfaction.
What do you do to reignite your energy and the energy of those you lead?
If you could use some more ideas on how to re-energize yourself and/or those you lead, I encourage you to check out Energize Your Leadership. It is filled with true stories and lessons learned designed to help you discover, ignite and breakthrough to new levels of energy and satisfaction in work and life.