On energy… May 27, 2018 by Jamie WestermanEverything is energy and that’s all there is to it – Albert Einstein Have you ever thought about your vibe? Before you think, did she live through the 70’s (PS I did, for about 3 months), I want you to hear me out. Good vibes are about so much more than a hippie high. And the energy you put out into the world is very likely going to predict your life outcomes. We all have people in our life who ignite us. We meet a girlfriend for dinner and leave smiling and refreshed. We strategize with a business partner and think, I can do this! We have a long weekend with our partner and feel like anything is possible! Unfortunately, we also have people in our life that pull us down, like a tethered anchor. We tread water around them, but the anchor pulls and pulls leaving us exhausted. These are two incredibly different type of energy. Which one are you for the people in your life? The buoy or the anchor? As I’ve gotten more life experience and wisdom – ok as I’ve gotten older – I have learned to be much more selective about energy. I notice the people around me that bring out the positive energy and hold on tighter to them. I also have limited time and emotion on the energy suckers as I call them. You know exactly, and I would be willing to guess after reading that sentence you thought of a specific person or two in your life. They leave you drained, frustrated, disappointed. Weeding through the connections in our life that contribute to poor energy is just one part of the equation. Our mindset is an enormous dictator of energy. Have you ever woken up in the morning, snoozed your alarm, whined about getting up, and subsequently a handful of annoying things happen? You stub your toe on the bathroom door, you spill your coffee, your kids forgot to tell you they need snacks for their field trip TODAY. And the day doesn’t get better from there. Work follows the same pattern, you have a fight with your spouse, and you go to bed thinking “that day was shit.” Guess what? The same thing happens the next day and the next, until you realize your life is nothing like you thought it would be. Now on the contrary, have you ever gotten up before your alarm, popped out of bed to start some early morning chores before the household awakens, and then followed it up with a kick ass day of small victories? If those days are few and far between I am guessing you have some work to do with your mindset and energy. Like attracts like, the more good days you have, the more that will continue. And unfortunately, the opposite is also true. So, what is your vibe? Do you put off good vibes or bad? If you’ve got work to do or want to make sure the good vibes keep flowing, follow the steps below for flower-child flow: Are you a creator of positive or negative energy? Obviously, we all have bad days, but overall where do you rate? If you’re not sure, gather some close friends or family, ask for their opinion. This may be tough and some may be afraid to even talk to you about it, a good sign you need to work on your energy. Claim it. Do you WANT to be a positive energy maker? Then claim it. Know what you want and ask for it. Work for it. This may take practice. You are not going to go from a negative Nelly to little miss sunshine overnight. Work on cutting the anchors out of your life so they can’t bring you down, and seek out the people whose energy you want to copycat. Practice shifting your mindset. Maybe this takes positive audio, reading, a great song, a pep talk in the mirror. Find the things that make you feel GOOD. Do that more. Then put it all on repeat until it doesn’t feel like work, until the practice becomes habit. Spread the love. Take your good vibes and share them. Positive energy makes ripples that can extend far beyond your immediate circle. Use your light to make others shine and you will become even brighter. Peace, love, and happiness. Good vibes. Maybe those hippies had it right after all.