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If you've been reading my weekly blog for a while, then you'll
know that I'm very honest about my own "work in progress" to create a
career I love. Now, don't get me wrong, I love what I do. But there are parts
of running my business that don't bring me joy, but I can't yet outsource. And
this week, one of these areas was spelled out to me and... it brought me
immense relief. Let me tell you about it because I'm sure you can relate to
this in your own career, right?
You may be aware (laughing emoji) that I'm running a Strengths
Challenge this week. I love running these for many reasons but one of them is
that I get to redo my own Strengths Profile. The last time I did this, I was
quite cock-a-hoop. You may even remember me patting myself on the back in this blog. I felt full of
vim and vigour and had two-thirds of my strengths in the energy zone - woohoo!
But I'm tired...
Fast-forward 4 months and... my energising strengths have dropped
back to 50%. And I'm definitely feeling it. I'm a bit tired right now and have
been trying to put my finger on why. I definitely need a holiday (one is coming
up), there have been a few non-COVID related bugs going round, perimenopause,
etc. but confusingly, I'm in pretty good shape with exercise, diet and
relaxation. So, what's the answer?
Then, the good old Strengths Profile showed me what has been
staring me in the face. A lot of my current activities are energy drainers. I'm
working on some new products in my business and this has meant a lot of
planning and strategic thinking. My weakest strengths area has always been
"thinking". My husband finds this amusing as we have a "tongue
in cheek" family motto - "always thinking" (he invented it!).
Anyway, I'm an action taker, a self-starter and this serves me well. But there
are also times where it's important to slow down and get strategic and plan (even
writing that last sentence triggers me!).
So, it turns out that I've been over-using my Thinking strengths
and they are now all draining my energy. Some of them have always been drainers
(Detail, Organiser, Adherence) but some of them used to be energising
(Creativity, Innovation, Adaptable). So, what can I do?
The way forward
Well, I must say that I feel better already because I've
identified where this unusual tiredness is coming from.
And, I know it's temporary.
And I know that it will be worth it because the effort now will
pay dividends in terms of the work I want to do.
And I know what I have to do to refocus and reframe and win back
some of that well deserved energy.
I still have two thinking strengths I can use: judgement (making
good, quick decision) and optimism. I have a further 30 odd energising
strengths that relate to my values, my ability to self-motivate as well as
communicating and relating strengths. I am going to focus on using these daily
to get me back on form.
sharing this anecdote in the hope that it resonates and demonstrates that we
all get bogged down in stuff we don't like from time to time. It's the very
nature of living and the important thing is that we're working towards
feeling the energy drain right now, ask yourself:
Let's reclaim our energy together!
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