Freedom and Confidence – Energy

It is in the spaces between work that love, friendship, depth and dimension are nurtured. Without time for recovery, our lives become a blur of doing unbalanced by much opportunity for being. – Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz in The Power of Full Engagement

Among the barriers to personal effectiveness is thinking that limits one’s attention to an 8 to 5 structure. We falsely assume that an individual’s energy is smartly fitted into that span.

Boldly, I will tell you that in the 21st Century, 8 to 5 means nothing more than its obvious 9 hour span. This span of time has very little – if anything – to do with performance; unless of course that is the best span for a particular individual. (See Why Work Sucks by Ressler & Thompson for a great story of performance.)

Amidst all the stresses of being self-employed, there is a great blessing: I am no longer bound by the static assumption of an 8 to 5 limitation. What this simply means is that I have the freedom to manage my energy in a manner balanced and effective in light of my own purpose and brand. This is also my accountability.

In the flowing assumption of this accountability is confidence; an assurance of right action formed in much opportunity for being.

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About Jeff Brunson

In this whirling 21st Century the individual needs to embrace the authentic self and confidently leverage the energy and power found there. As we entered the 21st Century, I became more concerned about what leaders like you needed for successful influence and personal fulfillment. As we move deeper into this challenging 21st Century, I’m more convinced than ever that the core of my work is in helping individual leaders remember who they are − a trueness. It is about confidence found in your authenticity.

5 thoughts on “Freedom and Confidence – Energy

  1. Jeff, you were the first to tell me about the “addiction” effects of the steady paycheck and how freeing it is to get out from under them. Thank you. As an entrepreneur for nearly two years I never want to go back!

  2. I was just having a conversation about this a few days ago. When we fit ourselves into that structure and declare we are working or not working, we risk cutting off our own creativity. The key is to let it flow–not caught up in all the doing that we become workaholic, but at the same time paying attention to our energy, creativity and LIFE. Thank you for this reminder, Jeff. Hmmm. Two reminders in one week; there’s obviously a message for me here…

  3. Couldnt agree more Jeff.
    from 8-5, standard jobs …its very tough to be creative. The very best work , or “gift” as seth godin likes to put it, is in a form of art. Art is a gift that changes the receiver….and
    Creativity is the best way to give this gift…

  4. Jeff, I have read about companies that allow their exempt employees to come and go as they please. They are not on a regimented schedule. Their performance is graded on “getting the job done” rather than being in “their chair” from 9-5. I can see this as an advantage for the employee as well as the employer. Why do you think more companies aren’t moving to this type of system and are so insistent on the employees being in “their chair” for a certain period of time?

    • Brandon, excellent question!!

      It is most likely a combination of fear (keeping us from trusting each other as adults) and a false belief that we (a managaer) can motivate another person. Leaders do not motivate others; like a Director of a play, they must certainly help the actors find their motivation. AND, in the 21st Century, individuals are ‘truly’ motivated from the inside out (Intrinsic motivation as Dan Pink, Loehr and Schwartz all write about).

      So … the real leaders of the 21st Century (like You!) are going to free the individual to “perform” from this source of motivation; therefore achieving the breakthrough results that we sought in the 90s.

      Thanks again for your post and your question,

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