CHAPTER 7Design a values-aligned life

Oprah famously has a quote on the wall outside her office that reads, ‘You are responsible for the energy you bring into this room'. In 2015, I was fortunate enough to see Oprah perform a solo event to a sell-out crowd in Brisbane, Australia. One of the many lessons she shared from her rich journey was the power of living with intentions — and this can be from the intention we set for the day ahead when we lift our head off the pillow to the intention we set at the start of our team meetings. She confirmed her stance that we are all personally responsible for the energy we bring into any room that we enter. When that energy is plugged into the clarity of knowing what's important to you here and now, it's a powerful force.

When we're sitting in Burn Out, we can be so caught up in the busyness of action that to stop, pause and set an intention sits at the very bottom of our to-do list (waaayyyy below even clearing out the limp lettuce in the fridge). That is, unless we have been purposeful about designing a life that amplifies those things that are important to us.

The second action in combatting Burn Out is to take the values that we have defined as being important, and bring these values to life. If we don't — if all we do is simply articulate what matters but do nothing with them — we diminish the power and impact they can have. They become words on a page or a plaque on the wall that gathers dust but holds zero meaning beyond that. ...

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