By MANDY MARKSTEINER
For some, the holidays can feel like an emotional roller coaster.
At times you’re bursting with generosity and positive energy. You look forward to connecting with loved ones, sharing good times and enjoying the season. But it can be easy to slip into negative thinking, depression, grief and loneliness. It’s almost as if your personality changes depending on your level of stress and energy.
Your energy level plays an enormous role in how you show up in the world. It can make the difference between people being motivated and inspired by you, or people avoiding you like the plague. Your energy shapes whether you take purposeful action to reach your goals and live to your fullest potential, or whether you are stuck feeling frustrated with life. Your energy levels affect your physical and mental health as well.
When people live their lives experiencing negative (or catabolic) energy, it’s impossible to connect with others on a healthy level. Their thinking is foggy, they have a hard time making decisions, and they may be stuck in conflict mode. Being at this level zaps you of energy and tears you down at a cellular level.
Living in positive, or anabolic, energy level does the opposite. People who are operating at a higher energy level feel compassion for others, they see opportunities around them, and they are bursting with creativity and feel connected to others. They are fully engaged with life.
If you’ve ever felt like your energy level is preventing you from living the life that you want, there is a way to change things. LeAnne Parsons, a Certified Life and Leadership Coach in Los Alamos, helps her clients recognize their current energy levels and find out how to shift to a higher energy level using the Core Energy Coaching™ model.
Parsons, who is a professional member of the International Coaching Federation, uses a tool called the Energy Leadership Index Assessment, which begins with a series of questions. The questions accurately measure the energy level that people normally operate under and the energy level that they revert to during times of stress. It also measures how an individual perceives and approaches work and life
This assessment tool makes it possible for people to see where they are and learn how to live life more fully by moving into higher, more positive, energy levels. The Energy Leadership Index is a one-of-a-kind assessment that enables people to hold up mirrors to their perceptions, attitudes, behaviors and over all effectiveness in the workplace, community as well as at home.
The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), that created the Core Energy Coaching™ process, conducted a study that statistically showed that people with higher levels of energy had greater satisfaction in 14 areas of life. The Zajonc Corporation, a leading expert of statistical research, used the Energy Leadership Index (ELI) assessment to measure the energetic composition of 1,361 participants.
After taking the assessment tool, the next step is to discuss the results with Parsons. The test gives you an energetic frame of reference that makes it possible to find out what is working well, how engaged you are with life and how you see the world.
“We have 100 percent energy,” said Parsons, who focuses on helping her clients reach their full potential, “but how do we spend it? Over time catabolic energy injures us, but anabolic energy helps us to grow.”
Parsons’ Coaching Café is at 1475 Central Ave. Suite 210B in Los Alamos. She can be reached at 505.412.1817 or visit www.thewalkyourtalkcoach.com.
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