What IS Energy Leadership™?
Have you ever been to the doctor and been asked to rate how you’re feeling on a scale from frowny face to smiley face?
Today I ask you, “How’s your energy, my friend?”
The journey from where you are to where you want to be starts with one small step: identifying where you are.
Where you might be right now is wondering what this Energy Leadership™ thing is that I talk about.
Before I share more about what it is, I want to share a story of what’s possible when you apply it to your life.
About a year and a half into my EL journey, I held my first non-government mindfulness workshop. I’d been teaching mindfulness in my Air Force Reserve job for a couple of years, with powerful results.
This time I offered my workshop at a wellness center. 3 people came. As I chatted with them before class, it quickly became clear to me that all of them had more mindfulness experience than I did.
What happened next surprised and delighted me.
An earlier version of me would have spiraled into imposter syndrome. “What on earth will I be able to ‘teach’ these people?!” I’d have tried to smile and carry on conversation, but the stress and anxiety would have been running in the background.
I might have stumbled through the workshop, nervous that at any moment someone would call me out for not knowing enough or not having enough experience.
That’s not what happened.
After an internal “eeek” that lasted a few seconds, the next thought I had was, “What’s the opportunity here?”
And I quickly found several:
✨ “It’s a small group, this will be like a conversation, a fireside chat, and that’s cool.”
✨ “I can learn something from THEM.”
✨ “My perspective is different, and maybe they’ll see something in a new way today.”
When I recognized this happening automatically, it was even more exciting than the workshop itself. IT’S WORKING, I shouted to myself, smiling and giggling internally.
“It” being EL. More specifically, the true mindset and heartset shifts that come from putting EL into practice.
That game-changing transformation is possible for you, too.
When you learn to recognize where you are energetically, allow your initial reaction to be what it is, and then choose how you want to show up next, anything is possible.
You CAN break old patterns and create new ones.
How did that mindfulness workshop go?
It went really well.
I trusted that I had as much right to be there as the others did.
We sat together around a table and had a conversational-style experience. We all learned from each other, and one of the participants has even become a dear friend of mine.
As a bonus, I discovered that I prefer working with people earlier in their spiritual awakening journey. People who don't necessarily have 10 years of meditation experience. People who feel like a full 60 seconds of silence and stillness is the longest minute of their lives.
Is that you? It used to be me.
Change is possible.
Growth is possible.
Transformation is possible.
Enter Energy Leadership™
EL is a practical, 7-level framework for shifting your energy and perspective — and the action that follows — in any moment or situation.
😎 It’s like having 7 pairs of glasses that you can look through, and you get to choose which pair to use to inform your next step.
(Note: What I share here is my interpretation of the copyrighted work of Bruce D. Schneider and the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). The "win-lose" spectrum that you'll see in the energy level graphics is directly quoted or in some cases paraphrased from Bruce’s work. The emoji scale and remaining interpretations are mine, integrating my specific lived experience of EL and general lived experience of life itself.)
Here's what life looks like through each pair of glasses:
While it might seem at first like the “goal” of EL is to race up the scale to hang out at Level 7, no level is inherently better than any other. There's no good or bad, no right or wrong. There are benefits and challenges to every level.
The true goal of EL is to grow in awareness.
Awareness of how you show up.
Awareness of your default tendencies and the beliefs you hold.
Awareness of how those defaults and beliefs are working for you, and what you’re creating with them.
If you want to create something different, from awareness you can step into conscious choice.
The EL framework takes off the blinders you might not even realize you’ve been wearing so you can see more choices in any moment.
Where before you might only have had one or two pairs of glasses, now you have access to seven.
This is not a graded exercise. It's not about "reaching” a certain level and proclaiming yourself enlightened. You will most likely move up and down the energy scale over and over in the course of a moment, an hour, a day, a life. The question is, how consciously will you do that?
This is the journey of a lifetime, and that journey is made from taking one small step after another. 👣
"Sounds awesome," you say. And how do we make this more tangible?
Here’s an example of what it looks like to apply EL to everyday life:
Let’s pretend that you're driving home in traffic after a long day of work, and someone speeds past you and cuts you off.
Here's how you might respond at each level:
😞 Level 1: "Sigh. This always happens to me."
Sees life as happening TO them, defaults to "woe is me."
😡 Level 2: "That MF-er! What a jerk!"
Sees life as a constant fight, defaults to conflict and blame.
🙂 Level 3: "Whew! At least I didn't get in an accident."
Rationalizes to feel better and release stress.
🤗 Level 4: "Maybe they're rushing to the hospital, I hope they're ok!"
Focuses first on the wellbeing of others.
😁 Level 5: "That's interesting, what can I learn from this? What's the opportunity here?"
Easily identifies ways to move forward powerfully. Loves turning inspiration into aligned action.
⏸️ Let's pause for a moment.
Levels 6 and 7 can be a bit esoteric, especially if you're not very familiar with how they feel. You've probably experienced moments at these levels. When you get really grounded in Levels 1-5, Levels 6 and 7 start to open up naturally.
Back to our traffic example:
😍 Level 6: "I am always guided to the perfect people and the perfect experiences at the perfect time to support the expression of my highest potential. What a beautiful part of the journey!"
Embodies a deep sense of inner peace no matter what happens. From chaos and turmoil to celebration, meets every situation and the full range of human emotions with a permanent underlying joy for the experience of life.
(This is sometimes mistaken for resignation and "it is what it is" energy — can you guess which level that is? — but it's really genuine enthusiasm and excitement.)
😇 Level 7: "I AM the other person. I AM everyone gathered in this illusion called 'traffic.' I AM consciousness experiencing life as a human."
Recognizes oneness with everyone and everything, experiences complete non-judgment and absolute passion for every aspect of life, and sees through the illusions that humanity has created to define and describe the world we "appear" to live in.
While we could explore the nature of consciousness and reality forever, the practical skill here is cultivating your ability to tap into this being-ness energy at any time. It's hard-wiring your connection with the cosmic intelligence that IS you and is always available.
At any one moment you experience a unique mix of all these energies based on your level of awareness and consciousness.
The more you practice living and responding to life at higher levels of energy, the more you can consciously access all the levels below, rather than defaulting to them unconsciously. You have more choices in any situation, and you begin to choose with effortless flow how to show up in each moment.
Way cool, right?
Pause and celebrate! 🎉 You've learned what Energy Leadership™ IS.
(I mean it: pause. Take a breath in. Let it out.)
Did you do it?
👣 Remember that the journey from where you are to where you want to be starts with one small step: identifying where you are.
Where you are is your energetic baseline. It's your current mix of energy levels when you're in the zone, and when you're under stress.
The Energy Leadership™ Index assessment measures your baseline. It reveals your default tendencies so you can grow in awareness and choose what, if anything, you want to to work on, practice, and develop.
You are not "stuck" at your current baseline. You get to choose how you show up.
Ready to get started?
Take your online Energy Leadership™ Index assessment through ONE SMALL STEP*.
After taking your assessment, you'll receive your unique Energy Leadership™ Report along with a pre-recorded debrief from me that walks you through your results. You'll also receive a workbook you can use over and over as you put EL into practice in your life.
*ONE SMALL STEP is included in my group coaching program, GIANT LEAP, currently open for applications through April 8 or until full. ONE SMALL STEP will be available as a standalone option starting late April 2023. Contact Me to get on the waitlist!
🔥 Here's to the energy of your EPIC LIFE! 🔥