Phil Johnson in Directors and Executives, Human Resources Professionals CEO & Founder • Master of Business Leadership Inc. May 8, 2017 · 1 min read · 1.5K

Addicted to Living On Purpose

Addicted to Living On Purpose

We must learn how to break out of our prisons to achieve what we desire.

The natural high of living on purpose is worth the emotional labor it requires.  The development of our authenticity and emotional intelligence creates a healthy addiction to the brain’s “happiness” neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin.  The emotional labor needed to move us toward better results allows us to experience the insights and enlightenment that come from being on purpose.

If we are not living on purpose we substitute other forms of destructive behavior in our search for this natural state of connectedness and flow.  Living on purpose requires us to leave our comfort zones and confront the anxiety produced when our brain releases the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine into our blood stream.  The reptilian part of our brain wants to keep us “safe” and it tries to do this by maintaining the status quo.  In this way, our comfort zone become our prison. 

Our need to steal the energy of others comes from our unwilling to do the emotional labor required to live of purpose.  As a results we become addicted to the energy of others.  This unconscious habit of giving away our energy, by not living on purpose and the need this creates to steal the energy of others is the root cause underlying all drama, chaos and conflict. 

Our mistaken search for external power has created the fear that sets individuals and organizations against each other.  Our need to steal and complete for the energy of others underlies all chaos and conflict.  We feel weak, insecure and lacking so they seek to increase our energy by stealing it from others. This underlies all human conflict and governs the need for us to control and manipulate others. It explains chaos, wars and the failure of personal and business relationships. We feel better temporarily when we can control the energy of others. Most people go through life unconsciously giving away their energy.

The energy we surround ourselves with has a huge impact on our results.  Authentic, emotionally intelligent individuals have lost their addiction to the energy of others.  Their actions inspire trust and engagement.   The emotional labor required to move us away from our energy addiction enables us to experience the insights and rewards of living on purpose. 


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Phil Johnson Founder and CEO MBL Inc.

xx xx Sep 6, 2017 · #15

I've been in toxic environments many times.

xx xx Sep 5, 2017 · #14

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xx xx Sep 5, 2017 · #13

Typo; our unwilling to do the emotional labor required to live of purpose.

Javier 🐝 Cámara Rica Sep 5, 2017 · #12

#11 me too @Chas ✌️ Wyatt! let's work on bringing new bees ! 🐝🐝💪💪

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Chas ✌️ Wyatt Sep 5, 2017 · #11

It is nice to read a buzz with substance. Wish there were more of this nature on beBee.

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Louise Smith Sep 5, 2017 · #10

I really like this concept @Phil 🐝 Johnson, MBL and Brand Ambassador @beBee
I wonder at what age you think it is possible for a person to consciously recognise that they are giving away their energy and come to allow themselves to live with/on purpose ? Or a broader form of the same question what spark this conscious recognition?

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Louise Smith Sep 5, 2017 · #9

#6 Continue to face your fears without judging yourself and after a while you will wonder what you were anxious about before.

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Phil Johnson May 9, 2017 · #8

Joanne, leaving our comfort zones required "emotional labor." This process develops our authenticity and emotional intelligence. It is this journey that leads to enlightenment (non-resistance, judgment or attachment to outcome). I hope you enjoy the ride.

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