the secret is movement. The secret is progress and the enemy of our growth is stagnation
The Unused Energy
Anxiety is unused energy. And it’s unused because you lack clarity on where to put it. I thought about it and I started to pay attention to all these times. I would have anxiety, I’d be working in my day and I would get this anxiety. And I was like, Oh, and that anxiety was energy that wanted to come out and then it would get worse and worse because I’m like, what do I do? And I would freeze and I would sit with it and I would be frozen because I didn’t know what to do with it. And so I was like, where do I use it? And I was like personally, do I use to work out or in business? Where do I put it? And I started to really unpack it, sit with it and explore it from a place of noticing, like, Where it may be coming from, like, why is this coming up and where can I use it? And then finding clarity and direction to then apply that energy to, and I’ve started to realize in the last couple of years, that almost all of my anxiety has come from the unknown. Like I can’t figure it out, but the unknown of me lacking direction and tight containers on where I put my energy every day. So I have an expectation and a feedback loop that I’m heading in the right direction.
Imagine what it would feel like for somebody to be like, Hey. You’re going to go be an Olympic athlete, go train. And you be like, okay, cool. But what sport? And they’re like, we’re not going to tell you until that day. You wouldn’t know what to train for. You would have all this energy and you’d probably have anxiety because you wouldn’t know where to put it. And so as an entrepreneur, as a CEO, as an owner, no matter what your position is, or even as an employee, What I have found is that once I can find a target, not a permanent target, not like where I want to be in five years, but where I want to be tomorrow, then I can take that feeling and I can get crystal clear on what it is I’m supposed to be doing, or I need to be doing. And the moment I have that clarity, I turn that anxiety and I turn it towards that target. And I utilize that energy to accomplish something.
Like our job is to go to work. If we’re an entrepreneur, it’s to go be that entrepreneur.If we’re a father, it’s to go be that father, if it’s a husband and to go be that husband, if it’s whatever it is, it’s our job to be a professional. But in that, what comes up for me is in order for me to be a professional, I have to know What my profession is, I have to know what my strengths are, and I have to know what I’m training for every single day.
And in entrepreneurship, there’s a lot on our plates. It could be social media, email, customer service ads, video, scripting, vision, mission planning, fulfillment, coaching. There’s thousands of things that can be on our plate. But at the end of the day, we can still only do one of them at a time effectively. And so it’s our job to realize when anxiety comes up or feelings of discomfort, come up. Number one is to explore it. Ask where it’s coming from, ask why it might be coming up. Now, look at what surrounded the situation and the circumstance to bring it forth, and then figure out where we have a target where we need clarity, where we can find clarity, where we can refocus on what our goals are and find that, and then utilize that energy in that direction to create momentum.
And no matter what you follow. What camp you’re in, whether you’re thinking about fitness or entrepreneurship or growth or personal development or marriage, interpersonal relationships working out or anything, the secret is movement. The secret is progress and the enemy of our growth is stagnation. And so when these moments come up, what I do for myself now, as I explore it, I gotta ask why it’s coming up, where it might be coming from. And I might never find an answer I ask where I need to go in that day. What’s the next hurdle that I can jump or what’s the next rock that I can move. I get clear on what that is. And then I direct my energy towards that. And nine out of 10 times, my anxiety goes away. What I have really found is that to be true, that anxiety is unused energy. And so once I have clarity, I can direct that energy towards something positive, create momentum through my action, and then the results follow.