How Does Stuck Energy at Work Feel? And How Do You Get It Unstuck?

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Stuck energy feels uncomfortable. It feels like resistance. It feels like tension, anxiety, friction, frustration. Because of stuck energy, you might instinctively avoid certain people or certain areas in your workplace.

So, how do you get the energy flowing again? It’s a two-step process:

  1. Identify the cause of the discomfort.
  2. Release the resistance.

Sometimes that work is done within a single individual — for instance, a person might shift his or her perspective about a situation and suddenly let go of all resistance.

And sometimes that work requires bringing a team... or department heads... or division heads... into the same room and facilitating open and honest dialogue to uncover what’s really going on.

If you’re feeling stuck energy right now, you can begin the process of getting energy flowing again by asking empowering questions. Questions like:

  • When do I feel the discomfort?
  • Do I feel discomfort when I go into a particular area at work?
  • Do I feel discomfort when I think about a particular person?
  • Do I feel discomfort when I think about a particular project?

Once you’ve identified the trigger, you can begin using the same kind of questions to explore your options. For instance, if you feel triggered whenever you think about a particular person, you can ask questions like:

  • What can I do to shift my energy in response to this person?
  • What would it take to shift my perspective about this person?
  • What do I need to know to feel more comfortable around this person?
  • What is really going on here?

These kinds of questions are really powerful. When you’re feeling stuck energy, stop. Sit for a moment. Breathe in each question. The questions will open you up to broader awareness and help you amplify your personal power. They’ll allow energy to flow more freely within you, and they have the power to quickly shift your relationship with people, projects, pretty much everything. You can do this process as frequently as you need to — or even schedule it into each day, so that you continually release your own stuck energy.

[A big thank you to Arizona Lowe and Katrina Pfannkuch of the “Thinking Out Loud” show for asking great questions during your interview with Johann Gauthier, which inspired this post.]