exchangeThoreau said, “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

What if you came to the realization that you are, indeed, exchanging your energy for your life?  Would that change some of how you spend your time, i.e., your energy?  I think it might.  So, wouldn’t it be wise to make sure that as often as possible, any energy that you’re expending on an activity or expending on a person, you make into a positive exchange rather than a negative exchange?  You don’t want to be in the hole after an interaction, do you?  I certainly don’t!

Let me ask you a question:

Do you believe you have a right to more positive energy?

If you don’t believe you have a right to positive things, which includes positive energy, then I’m not sure you’re going to find much value in this article.

Let’s flip for a moment to thinking about finances.  Your sense of whether you have a right to positive energy is related to your sense that you have a right to ask for certain amounts of money when you are negotiating.  The reason I’m bringing this up here is because when you value yourself (and the energy of your life), you will be better able to charge appropriately for your time, services, and products.

I recommend reading Suze Orman’s book, entitled Women and Money, Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny.  When I first got this book a couple of years ago, I read almost the whole thing in one evening. The title of chapter 4 is, “You Are Not on Sale.” In this chapter she discusses how women in particular devalue themselves. She states,

If you under-value what you do, the world under-values who you are, and when you under-value who you are the world under-values what you do.

This is a big message for all of us.  There is extensive research available about how women continue to under-value what we have to offer much more so than men do.  For example, a very interesting book came out recently that looked at academic professionals and academic women in particular. Two academic women  examined women professors and how they start out with the same amount of education and the same amount of experience as men, yet over time the women are always paid less and always ask for less.  Apparently, men keep asking for more and they get more. The authors also looked at what it ends up costing women over their lifetime.  It is not costing you $10,000 over your lifetime; it is costing you closer to half a million dollars.  So, not only do you need to know how to ask…but you have to recognize your VALUE.

Now, the second question I’d like to ask you in this article is:

Whose responsibility is it for you to have more positive energy?

This is clearly tied to the valuing of who you are and what you do.  Again, as women, we tend to think people will notice what a good job we do and they will, of course, reward us with money and promotions and all kinds of things. And I will bet if I took a little poll here among the readers of this article, we might all find out that’s not exactly how it works. We must truly value what we do and then know how to ask for the appropriate compensation for that.

You do have some control over your time, energy, and compensation and I believe it’s your responsibility to exert that control. You have to know what you have that is of value and you have to let other people know that as well.

In all ways, you want to explore the ways you can maximize your positive energy - and the return on that energy. When you do, you’re maximizing your life.

Energy ChartingAnd if you want smart ways that you can maximize your positive energy and minimize your negative energy, the you will want to access the teleseminar Quantifying Your Value: Energy Charting for Your Professional and Personal Life





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