I’m a high energy guy. At least people tell me that, and candidly I don’t disagree. I think life is too short to spend time “chilling out” too much. Now before you all get worked up and tell me I need to make sure I build some down time into my life please save your breath.
I don’t do down time very often, and when I do it is for very specific reasons.
One of the challenges that I deal with constantly in my work is to literally be still. Listening, connecting, understanding, developing solid work plans, and executing those plans are the core of my professional life.
But I like to go 100 mph!
All. Day. Long.
The opportunity of course is to channel the passion (yes, I said it) for my work through the appropriate outlets. My extroverted approach helps others see their own passions, open new doors to what could be, and to lead others to places they never imagined they could go. (At least I hope it does!)
Seeing their reactions, their curiosity, and their new found excitement gets me even more fired up!
My enthusiastic approach to life is something I now embrace. It has taken a while, but I have tried to stop conforming to what my behavior should be in various situations.
It seems to me there are plenty of people in the world who could use someone that infuses a dose of high octane energy into their world.
Apparently that person is me.
Knowing who I am as a person, both personally and professionally is quite freeing. When was the last time you felt free?
How About You
It can take a long time for us to feel comfortable in our own skin. Some never get there. But for those of us that are blessed to look in the mirror and accept with a smile the face staring back at us, it can open up new doors that we never even realized were there.
Jay Kuhns is a human resources executive, leadership coach, speaker, consultant and is the author of Unstoppable Power, Leverage Energy, Risk and Relationships and Advance Your Leadership Career. He is a “Type A” leader who understands that human resources leadership is about high energy, creativity, strong personal connections and making changes that push organizations forward.