Richard Maun – Physis – Part 2

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Physis – Part 2

22 October 2012

Physis is a concept that we can use to describe our ‘life force’ – the well-spring of energy that powers us forwards. There’s a whole chapter about it in my latest book, called Bouncing Back, and this week we’ll look at ways to increase the flow of our physis.

Our physis is there all the time, like a dam of water, and our job is to open the sluice gate a bit wider to increase the flow of energy.

So how can we increase the flow? Here’s an extract from Bouncing Back:

We can –

1. Accept that we have an unlimited supply of physis, so we don’t have to conserve it.
2. Accept that we are thoughtful, talented, lovely people. We may have a sense of what our talent is…and we can explore and find out more.
3. Accept that other people are often misguided or ill-informed and can be safely ignored. They may have great intentions and yet still manage to limit us – so we can give them a cheerful smile and then head off in the opposite direction!
4. Stop feeling like a fraud and feel fabulous instead. Don’t whisper it, shout it loud – we’re magic people who have smiles and skills and a place here in the world.
5. Check the facts. We can confirm what we need to know, check assumptions and be reminded that our successes were just that!
6. Allow ourselves to be flexible in the case of knock-backs. We can grit our teeth, grumble, take a break and then re-plan the re-plan of the re-plan.

We can also upgrade our self-talk to empower ourselves by choosing new affirmations for ourselves. There are 20+ in the book and here’s a selection for you to choose from:

I can make a start without knowing the whole path.
I can follow my heart and do what makes me happy.
I can ask people for help with tasks.
I can share my dreams with my supporters.
I can go gently on myself.
I can take time to think.
I can live my life.

Our physis is there to power us forwards and we can help ourselves.

What will you do this week?

Have fun!


Click cover to view details on Amazon


Riding the Rocket

How to manage your Modern Career

Published 2013 Marshall Cavendish



Bouncing Back

How to get going again after a career setback

Published 2012 Marshall Cavendish



How to Keep Your Job

Brilliant ways to increase performance, stay employed and keep the money rolling in

Published 2011 Marshall Cavendish



Job Hunting 3.0

Secrets and skills to sell yourself effectively in the Modern Age

Published 2010 Marshall Cavendish



Leave the Bastards Behind

An insider's guide to working for yourself

Published 2007 Cyan Books and Marshall Cavendish



My Boss is a Bastard

Surviving turmoil at work

Published 2006 Cyan Books and Marshall Cavendish


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