Your level of success as a leader and in life can be raised with awareness, understanding, and knowledge of how to apply the various energy levels available to you for any purpose you choose. Your level of energy (consciousness) creates your world, each moment. By altering your perceptions of yourself, your work, and those around you, you can create a more powerful, fulfilling, and rewarding life.
The Energetic Self-Perception ChartTM below depicts the seven levels of energy. The lowest two levels of energy are catabolic and are associated with the stress and effort you experience in life. The higher levels of energy are anabolic and are related to power, effectiveness, and satisfaction.
*Energy Level 1
This lowest level of energy is catabolic. If you have any energy in this level, you are a victim to (at the effect of) certain events, thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and perceptions that hold you back from success. Level 1 energy includes thoughts and feelings of guilt, fear, worry, self-doubt, and low self-esteem (in general, or in any particular aspect of life).
When they operate from a Level 1 perspective, people feel as though they have a lack of choice or options. At Level 1, individuals feel trapped by certain circumstances or believe that they are, in some way, at the effect of what happens around them. Level 1 energy can result in avoidance of situations or difficult issues, and also, trouble making decisions because you feel helpless to make a difference. Emotionally, Level 1 energy feels bad, and the amount of desire, engagement, and action for life (or a specific aspect of it), is very low, accordingly. The prevailing frame of reference at Level 1 is “I lose” or “I am losing.”
We all experience Level 1 energy at times, and in some aspects of our lives, and so, it is normal. Normal, however, does not mean required. With the help of your coach, you can remove what is no longer working for you or desired by you, and replace it with more of what you really want.
*Energy Level 2
Level 2 energy is also catabolic. It is the predominant energy not only in the workplace, but in life, in general. Level 2 energy is characterized by conflict, with the core emotion being anger. This energy contains thinking of antagonism, struggle, resistance, frustration, and defiance.
From a Level 2 perspective, everything tends to be viewed as black or white, right or wrong, good or bad. These judgments result in limited options, as the full scope of available possibilities is not apparent to the person operating with Level 2 energy. At Level 2, people typically come from a win/lose frame of reference “I win, so therefore, you must lose.” In certain aspects of life, this may actually be the case, however, there are usually more powerful and much healthier ways to achieve winning results.
Many leaders have Level 2 energy, but they are usually unhappy and, often, unhealthy. They often manage by force, control, or coercion. They can get caught up in focusing on “what’s wrong,” “what’s broken,” and, potentially, “who [or what] is to blame.” While initial results may look successful, this way of leading others and organizations will ultimately fail, as the effort expended to live and act with constant catabolic energy will drain them and those around them.
*Energy Level 3
This level is the first level of anabolic energy. At this level, people take responsibility for their thoughts, emotions, and actions, and know that what they think and feel is up to them, not others.
The focus of Level 3 energy is on winning, through achieving your goals and meeting your own agenda, first and foremost. The difference between this and winning at Level 2 is that the intention of those operating from a Level 3 perspective is to have the other person win as well, but only after securing the win for themselves. In other words, the intention of Level 3 is “I win, and hopefully you win, too,” but either way, “I win” is the primary goal.
People who have a lot of Level 3 energy are masters at rationalization. They will motivate themselves and others by finding ways to cope, release, forgive, tolerate, compromise, and explain away resentment, stress, disappointments, and other burdens in order to encourage cooperation and productivity.
*Energy Level 4
This energy is moderately anabolic, and its core thought is concern for others. It is the level of caring, giving, supporting, and helping. Level 4 energy looks and feels very selfless, since the focus of these actions is to work and achieve so others win and succeed.
At Level 4, people take little or nothing personally, as they are more able to see things objectively. People with Level 4 energy feel that a true win for them is achieved when the other person wins first, and so, the Level 4 perspective is “You win,” since being of service to others supersedes the need to do for themselves.
Leaders with Level 4 energy have a great deal of compassion for others and are inspired, and inspire those around them, to serve others. They often foster collaboration, teamwork, and loyalty. This is a very high level of energy, which can lead to great success.
*Energy Level 5
This moderate-to-high anabolic energy is found in the greatest leaders in all walks of life. Leaders with Level 5 energy have a highly conscious, wide-ranging view of situations and, thus, have many choices available to them as they “play the game of life.”
Level 5 energy reconciles good and bad, and right and wrong so that nothing is judged one way or the other. People with Level 5 energy begin to see everything as an opportunity meaning they do not simply make “lemonade out of lemons,” but they are genuinely as excited by the things that do not go as planned as by the things that do. The core thought is on reconciling, or accepting, differences, rather than identifying and focusing upon trying to change them.
The intention associated with this energy is predominantly, “We all win or no one wins.” A lot of people give lip service to this concept, but few actually walk the talk with it. Leaders with Level 5 energy are calm, powerful, entrepreneurial-minded, confident, and feel a sense of inner peace and fulfillment. They are in control of their lives and live with the belief that they can and do choose their life experience.
*Energy Level 6
This high-to-very high anabolic energy is associated with the core thought of synthesis, which is the blending away of the illusion of individuality and instead, the ability to see the whole, in lieu of just its parts. People with Level 6 energy see everyone and everything as a part of themselves.
Level 6 is a place where intuition comes alive. Creative geniuses, visionaries, and brilliant and conscious leaders, in all walks of life, tap into this level of energy and use it to create new and exciting innovations and variations for everyone’s benefit.
At Level 6, there is a sense of connection with everyone and everything. This leads to a “We always win” perspective. This means that, in reality, no one really ever loses. All that happens has purpose and value, and by taking a long instead of short view of life and its circumstances, a purpose can be found in everything that happens. Level 6 energy brings a permanent sense of pleasure, satisfaction.
*Energy Level 7
This is the highest level of anabolic energy, which is characterized by completely objective thinking, non-judgment, and fearlessness. The master of this level can tap into, and use, any of the lower levels at will.
With Level 7 energy, leaders are capable of viewing their world and their organizations with complete objectivity. At this level, it is understood that “Winning and losing are illusions”; they are terms that humans created to help us play the game of life by the rules we also created. No human resonates completely at this level, but with practice, everyone can learn to access it.
People who tap into this level of energy are the most powerful people in the world. They consciously co-create their life experience and are participants and observers at the same time. Note: Know that each energy level has distinct advantages and disadvantages for you. This will be covered in more detail during your debrief session.
There are two charts on page 10. In each of the charts, the blue bars show how much of each level of energy you have.
The first chart shows your Energetic Profile, which reflects your overall energetic makeup your unique combination of the seven levels of energy, which creates your typical viewpoints, perceptions, and beliefs about any and all aspects of life. Your Energetic Profile determines how you approach life when things are going the way they normally do for you.
The second chart shows your Energetic Stress Reaction the most typical way that you think, perceive, and feel as you experience stress. This internal reaction may last a second, a minute, an hour, a day, or even longer, after which time you move from reaction into action mode. How long your internal reaction lasts, how soon you shift into action mode, and the way you actually act after your internal Energetic Stress Reaction is determined by factors which include your Energetic Profile, the intensity of the stressor, your previous experiences, and your behavioral tendencies. This will be explored further in your debrief, during which you will learn how your Energetic Stress Reaction impacts you, and how you can begin to shift it.
Your Average Resonating Level (ARL) of energy is the average of all your energy levels, under normal conditions and in reaction to stressful circumstances. Your ARL is shown at the bottom of the next page, underneath the charts.
Your ARL, or overall energy level, is a strong indicator of success in various aspects of life. Studies prove that higher Average Resonating Levels of energy are associated with higher levels of satisfaction in the areas of finances, relationships, personal development, achievement, and more (see www.keyfactorforsuccess.com for more information).
Based on your life’s experiences, your Energetic Profile, Energetic Stress Reaction, and Average Resonating Level of energy are absolutely normal for you. As you look at your results, please remember:
• There is no right or wrong, or good or bad.
• There are advantages and disadvantages to each of the energy levels, which you will learn more about in your debrief session.
• The way you typically think, feel, and act is not based on one or even two energy levels, but on your entire and very unique profile.
Your results are only a benchmark that will be reviewed to help you discover what works for you and what you would like to change or eliminate. This discovery will occur during your debrief.
The ultimate goal of this work is for you to:
• have more awareness of who you are and how you act
• understand what drives your perceptions, feelings, and actions so that you can recognize and change habits and patterns that do not serve you well
• be able to respond, not react, to the stressors in your life in the way that you desire
• be able to choose the Energetic Stress Reaction and Energetic Profile that work for you to get the results you want.
Please do not attempt to interpret your results on your own. Simply glance through your results and note what reactions you have as you study them. You will have a chance to discuss and understand the results in detail during your debrief.