Do you need a bounce in your step to win?
Do you really need to be a bundle of energy to “make it”?
In fact, it’s annoying when a whirlwind is in your space buzzing around.
But it needs to be a natural expression of who you are and how you do things.
It needs to manifest itself as a means to an end.
Being energetic for its own sake is dysfunctional and deters from your personal brand.
Here’s how you can make an energy rush work for you.
1. Pick a Few Things That Matter
Spraying energy all over won’t do you any good. Energy needs to serve a context. Target your efforts to the critical issues facing your organization.
Deploy energy in these areas as an expression of passion for the things that matter to successful performance.
2. Make Sure Your Outflow Is Positive
Negative energy repels; it shuts the door on others understanding your behaviour and what you are trying to achieve.
Use your energy to move things forward not to criticize the position you are presently in.
3. Include Your Colleagues as Subjects in Your Energy Burst
Draw them into your passion and paint them with your energy brush. If you diffuse your energy among others, you will be identified as THE valuable energy source.
4. Take a Breath Every Once in a While
Relaxing during your outpour legitimizes your energy production; it says you are in control.
And “the pause“ prevents your situation from being perceived as simply an emotional rant.
5. Leverage Energy as a Key Element of Your Brand
“It’s the way you roll”. It gives you the ability to persevere when things get tough.
It defines you as someone with the tenacity it takes to get things done. And therefore it’s the way people can expect you to behave. No surprises here.
Uncontrolled energy can get you in trouble. When it’s unexpected and presented erratically it works against you.
The energy with purpose, on the other hand, can allow you to stand out from those around you, achieve your goals and have a successful career.