Every year, as I contemplate the energies at the beginning, a word or phrase comes to me which contains a theme. This theme is my reference point for how I align the perception of my experiences for the next 12 months. My phrase this year is particularly significant to me as a Human Design Projector, because it points to the need to develop a deeper awareness about how to manage my personal energy and resources.
ROI – Return on Investment
When this term first came to me back in December, I thought it was all about business. As it turns out ROI applies to all aspects of life. As a Projector who is aware of her human design, the practice of considering the return on my investment of energy and focus is proving to be quite valuable.
Now that I have a career in the mainstream world that puts me in contact with the public on a regular basis, I’m finding it essential to consider my ROI in times when I’m tempted to push too hard or resist the cues from my body to rest. Like a lot of Projectors, I will often feel the need for a nap or a break in the afternoon. When the body speaks and I give myself permission to honor it, I get a significant return on my investment. The rest time multiplies my energy for the balance of the day. My head is clearer and I can be present to the things that are most important. If I ignore my body’s message to rest, the return on my investment is poor. I usually become increasingly unproductive and cranky as the day wears on.
ROI in Business for Projectors
Have you noticed that things that work for others in business don’t seem to work as well for Projectors? When the inconsistent energy to work is coupled with not having motorized energy to speak and be heard, it would seem that, as Projectors, we are at a disadvantage in the traditional business world. At first glance it would seem so, but here’s what I’m discovering…
Less is more than enough when you’re in the right environment with the right people.
At the first of this year I joined a small real estate team with the right people who have the motorized energy to do the heavy work of “lead generation”, selling, paperwork etc. That’s not to say that I don’t do anything. When a qualified buyer is ready to purchase a home I get to do what I do best as a buyer specialist … guide the home purchasing process so that my clients get the best deal and have the smoothest transaction possible. As a Projector, I’m the advisor and guide … for our buyers and also for the two Generators on the team. My job is to…
- Master the home purchasing system
- Ask the right questions
- Provide the best guidance to achieve the goal (of the buyer and the team)
So before I engage in any activity with my team, I ask myself three questions to insure that I get a good return on my investment of energy
- Is this mine to do?
- Is this the right time to do it?
- Is this the most efficient way to do it?
As challenging as it is to avoid succumbing to the voices of “You should be doing more” in my head, I have managed to stay in the waiting and preparation space, so that I don’t waste my energy before it’s time to use it.
In this first month on my team I have spent a lot of time clarifying my role, so that my undefined G center doesn’t take on what’s not mine to do… and my undefined will center isn’t tempted to get in the middle of stuff just to prove that I’m valuable.
In the promotion and marketing arena, much of my time and energy has gone to discerning who I need to connect with to build my own presence and credibility. Not every networking group is for me. Not every business person or potential buyer is going to see me and value me for what I bring to the table. And as a 3/5 Projector, I am probably going to meet the right people by bumping into them or being introduced by the team.
My team and I have also spent a significant amount of time reviewing and streamlining our work processes… clearing out clutter, refining our tracking and communication systems, reviewing software that may enhance efficiency.
Here is a subtle dynamic that I just realized which relates to communication and invitation. Because I get first right of refusal to work with buyers, I am essentially being invited into each transaction by my team. In other words when someone comes to our team for help in purchasing a home, I am asked whether or not I want to work with that buyer. This enables me to use my splenic authority to discern whether or not it feels correct for me. Believe it or not, I did turn down an invitation, because my spleen wasn’t feeling it. That’s not how I consciously processed the experience in the moment, but that was actually the process I used. The reason I’m sharing this experience is because it sheds light on an important quality of a correct invitation… The people who are inviting you accept you and your decisions without pressure or judgement. In spite of all of the potential mind chatter that threatened to arise within me when I turned down the buyer, there was no judgement from my team. My decision was fully respected.
One thing that really helped me to understand how to work more efficiently in alignment with my energy type, was a BG5 Career Consultation. I had a very valuable private session with Barbara Ditlow, a Certified BG5 Consultant who is also a Realtor. She gave me some terrific advice, which was based in what she saw in my Human Design Chart. Although I had already ordered and studied the full BG5 report and taken the Foundation Course, her detailed reading and wise counsel really helped me cement in some pieces to make my career approach more powerful.
As Projectors, our best ROI is virtually guaranteed when we follow our strategy of waiting, watching and being invited into things which are correct for us according to our authority. Beyond that, there is also a need for us non-sacral beings to be mindful of how we use and invest the energy that we have at our access.
So dear Projector…
Are you clear about what is yours to do?
Do you have a good feel for the correct timing of your actions?
Are you using your energy efficiently and effectively?
You’re invited to leave comments about your insights on ROI here. Or contact me if you want to refine your energy management skills (I do still do private consultations)