Catabolism or Anabolism: The Leader’s Choice

Over the past seven posts, we’ve been exploring the nature of Energy Leadership™—a unique process of leading energy so it works for you rather than against you—as shared in Bruce D. Schneider’s life-changing book, Energy Leadership: Transforming Your Workplace and Your Life from the Core. By applying the principles of Energy Leadership, you can increase your ability to shift your own energy and the energy of those around you. When you do that, you will help inspire and motivate yourself and others, feel a greater sense of purpose and accomplish more with less effort and stress.

Catabolism or Anabolism: The Leader’s Fundamental Choice

Leadership Defined

Our world tends to define leaders, and therefore leadership, in the context of formal roles within corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and political and community concerns. True leaders, however, are not confined to office walls—or to specific offices within those walls. They are found in families, groups and all levels and roles in organizations of all types and sizes.

Everyone Is a Leader, Either by Choice or Default

Great leaders are not only able to inspire and bring out greatness in others, but also in themselves. This is why Energy Leadership is so important, not only to every business entity, but also to each of us as leaders in, and of, our lives. The question isn’t whether or not you are a leader, the question is, how well do you lead?

Catabolic and Anabolic Energy

To provide a foundation for future posts in which we’ll delve more deeply into the specific energetic signatures of different personal and professional leadership choices and styles, today we’re going to examine the two fundamental types of energy described by the field of cellular biology: catabolic and anabolic.

At a cellular level, catabolism is the process of cellular destruction, while anabolism is the process of cellular construction. These destructive and constructive forces are found in every aspect of your physical being: cells, organs, body systems, etc. But it doesn’t stop there. It turns out, they are also present in every thought, belief, value, emotion, action and experience you are having and have ever had.

You draw on all of these elements and experiences—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—to create the mindset from which you choose how you show up in any given moment.

Catabolic or Fear-Based Energy Injures

It is destructive, draining and potentially very toxic to you and those around you.

Anabolic or Love-Based Energy Heals

It is constructive, invigorating and nourishing. It helps you lead yourself and others forward to achieve productive, beneficial results.

You Create Your World

Your chosen mindset shapes and limits your experience of life. In every moment, you create your own personal version of reality by deciding what you will perceive and how you will respond—based on what you think, believe, feel and value. However unconscious the process may feel at times, you are always choosing what you experience and how you wish to participate in that experience.

It’s Your Choice

Studies prove that higher levels of consciousness are associated with higher levels of success in life—including success in finances, relationships, personal development, achievement and more. The most successful leaders in life are those with high levels of anabolic energy. Those who lead using catabolic energy are, figuratively and literally, a dying breed.

You can choose to raise your level of Energy Leadership through self-awareness and an understanding of how to apply the various energy levels to any purpose you choose. You get to decide. Your level of energy or consciousness creates your world in each moment. By altering your perceptions of yourself, your experiences and those around you, you can create the more fulfilling and rewarding life you dream of.

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“With the same energy and determination she applied in the professional world, Deborah has taken her considerable expertise in human potential and has now set her sights on the largest co-op in the world, humanity. ‘Choose Your Energy, Change Your Life!’ tackles what I believe are the most important questions we each must ask: who am I, where did I come from, why am I here, and what’s love got to do with it (cue Tina Turner)? These are not trivial or philosophical questions for the answers change what we do, why we do it, who and what we love. I am grateful for the opportunity to walk with Deborah on this critical journey.” JD Messenger, Award Winning Author of “11 Days in May: The Conversation That Will Change Your Life”

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About djwlifecoach

As a retired board-certified coach, author and Reiki master teacher, I continue to share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose sharing hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog and radio episodes help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. Learn more and access FREE resources at For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting, golfing and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee and Maisy Jane.
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