personal energy profile
your ENERGY FORMULA
These are the 5 core Elements that make up your Personal Energy Formula. They provide insight into your your personality, attributes, strengths and motivations. They work together to form the unique chemistry of who you are.
They can be a guide for your journey through life. They will help you understand the paths you’re likely to be successful in, the things you’ll be naturally motivated to do and find fulfillment from. The synthesis of these Elements and how they manifest are uniquely you.
what is an energy formula?
Your Personal Energy Formula is a magical and unique chemistry of 5 Elements.
These Elements work together and interact with each other in unique and magical ways. Their interaction are what create the talents, traits, attributes, strengths, preferences, desires, and behavioral tendencies that make you… you.
Your formula is unique. It represents a certain set of superpowers. Things that you are (or have the specific potential to be) incredibly good at.
Understanding your formula, the Elements within it, and what they mean to you and your life is incredibly important. When you focus on your strengths, you will be happier, do better, and find more fulfillment from your life.
The Elements in your profile represent not only your current strengths, but also your potential.
Your formula is special. It will help you recognize how important and valuable you are… that you have superpowers, that you have untapped potential just waiting to be released.
Understanding your potential is the first step to achieving it!
why energy is so important
Your Energy Profile helps you identify not just your strengths, attributes and personality, but also what most motivates you… where you get your energy.
The ability to find and sustain energy is critical to achievement. Energy describes the desire, emotion, enthusiasm and passion we feel for the things we do. And when it comes to performance and achievement, energy is what matters most, especially in long-term pursuits.
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your engagement energy
The word “engagement” describes the energy you have for the things you do and the journeys you’re on. Over time, that energy will ebb and flow. Sometimes you’ll feel highly engaged, and other times, you’ll feel disengaged.
Disengagement can be small, like lacking motivation to do something specific. It can also happen at a larger level, like becoming disengaged from a long-term goal or objective.
It can even happen on a macro level, like becoming disengaged from work, in a relationship, or with life itself.
Prolonged disengagement can be catastrophic to the outcomes and objectives of your life that really matter.
Your ability to sustain energy in the things that matter most is critical to long-term success. We sometimes call it grit, perseverance, tenacity or “stick-to-it-iveness”!
But because disengagement happens slowly, by degrees and over time, you tend to not notice it until it’s too late or until a lot of damage has been done.
Your Energy Profile will tell you what Elements most motivate you. You can then take the Engagement Assessment to know how engaged you are, based on those Elements. You can know what’s driving your engagement, what’s creating disengagement, and most importantly, what you can do about it!
what are the 16 Elements
Over the last 20 years, Life Engineering has been on a mission to understand what drives human achievement, and how to help people identify, access and achieve their full potential.
Our research has indicated there are three main categories that impact achievement. These include:
- Time – How much time someone gives, how they use that time, and how productive they are with that time
- Talent – What applicable skills that person has or develops that they can apply
- Energy – The motivation, drive, commitment, enthusiasm and level of engagement that person feels for what they’re doing
We particularly wanted to dive deep into the category of Energy and motivation, because what we found is that when someone has more Energy for something, they tend to give it more time, and be better with the time they spend on it. They also tend to develop more Talent for that thing, and have a natural propensity to develop that talent.
We found that when it comes to achievement, between Time, Talent and Energy… Energy matters most. This is especially true for an objective or initiative that happens over a longer period of time. We call these Journeys.
Because of the importance of Energy on achievement, we did extensive research to identify what motivates people, where they get their drive. We wanted to understand what gets them started and what keeps them engaged and moving forward. This could be on a macro scale, like in life; on a large scale, like over a career, or in a relationship or project; or on a micro scale, like over the span of a day.
Through our research, we identified 16 Elements that, when present or active, are what causes someone to be emotionally engaged, motivated, and driven to move forward.
Our research also showed that some Elements are more motivating to us than others… we call these Core Motivators. As we dove into this, we found that the reason these Elements are “Core Motivators” is because they are fundamental aspects of our identity. It’s core to who we are.
From this research, the Energy Profile and Engagement Assessment were born.
The Energy Profile identifies the specific Elements that form the chemistry of your identity, and the Engagement Assessment allows you to measure the degree to which those Elements are active across your core journeys in life.
how do I use this?
Your Energy Profile is a guide to understanding your identity. It will help you understand who you are, what you’re naturally good at, and what motivates you.
This is a very important journey.
This understanding can help you make decisions that will help you live happily, achieve more, and find more purpose and fulfillment in life.
By knowing yourself, you can make more informed decisions, set meaningful goals, build stronger relationships, and lead a more fulfilling and authentic life. It allows you to understand what truly motivates you and what you value most, which can guide your actions and decisions in various aspects of life, from career choices to personal relationships. By living in alignment to your identity you can live happily, achieve more, and find more purpose and fulfillment from life.
Take time to understand your profile.
There is a lot here. We have given you lots of information and insight to fuel your journey of self-discovery. Learn about the Elements in your profile by reading their various attributes and characteristics.
We’ve built an entire membership system to help you understand and optimize your identity, including:
- Achievement Academy – You have access to a full online Academy, where you can take courses on all of the Elements.
- Achievement Network – You have access to a growing community where you can engage and interact with others who share Elements in their formula.
- Achievement Services – If you need additional help and support understanding your profile and how to apply it to your life—the situations you’re in and the decisions you make—you can access additional services, like coaching or a personal readout.
Potential Energy describes an individual’s intrinsic level of self-motivation. It represents their inherent capacity and propensity to engage and the energy they have when they do. High Potential Energy indicates a strong inherent drive, while low Potential Energy may suggest a reliance on external factors for motivation. Understanding and effectively managing one’s Potential Energy can enhance well-being, performance, and overall life satisfaction.
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Potential Energy is a comprehensive measure that captures an individual’s intrinsic level of self-motivation. It describes the total energy available that can be converted into Engagement Energy (the energy of action).
This Potential Energy (or capacity for intrinsic motivation, as proposed in Self-Determination Theory) is driven by an internal sense of interest or enjoyment rather than relying on external pressures or rewards.
high potential energy
A high Potential Energy score suggests a strong inclination towards self-motivation. Individuals with high Potential Energy are likely to be naturally driven to engage in activities due to a sense of enjoyment and personal importance. They will exhibit a high level of enthusiasm for these activities.
These individuals are likely to be naturally curious, proactive, persistent, and resilient in the face of challenges, and they often derive a high level of satisfaction and fulfillment from their activities.
low potential energy
On the other hand, a low Potential Energy score might suggest that an individual is less intrinsically motivated, or for one reason or another, at this point in time, just has less energy to give. This doesn’t mean they have no motivation, but rather rely more on external factors for motivation and energy. These could include things like compensation, rewards or recognition, but likely have less innate passion for the activities they engage in.
These individuals might find it more challenging to initiate or persist in activities, especially when faced with obstacles or setbacks, or when extrinsic motivators are absent or don’t measure up to expectations.
changing potential energy
Unlike your Personal Energy Profile, which defines the Elements that most comprise your core personality, and tend to change very little (if ever), your Potential Energy score can change greatly over time.
There are simply times in life when you have more energy and times when you have less energy. These variations in Potential Energy, or the energy you have available to engage can cause you to experience cycles of engagement (or disengagement) in life.
Often the reasons for these fluctuations are circumstantial. But you have control over your Potential Energy. You have the ability to dramatically improve and impact how much Energy you have to apply to the contexts of your life that matter most (your Critical Contexts). To learn more about this, visit the Potential Energy principle in the Achievement Academy.
understanding potential energy
Understanding your level of Potential Energy is crucial as it can provide valuable insights into your personal energy landscape.
It can guide you in identifying activities that you are naturally drawn to and in which you are likely to persist and succeed. It can also help you understand potential challenges and areas for growth.
Whether you have high or low Potential Energy, it’s not about good or bad, but about understanding your unique motivational needs and preferences and how they shape your life.
By understanding and effectively managing your Potential Energy, you can enhance your well-being, performance, and overall life satisfaction.
Potential Energy is a sophisticated and complex concept and there’s much more to really understand about it.
confidence & Self-Efficacy
This describes how confident you are in your skills and abilities, and how much you believe that you can positive impact your life. It shows up in how you approach life and its journeys, and in how you look to the future.
It’s important to note that confidence is not a representation of actual skills or abilities, but rather a measure of your perception of these.
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CONFIDENCE & SELF-EFFICACY
Confidence and Self-Efficacy represent your belief in your abilities and your capacity to use those abilities to achieve desired outcomes in life. There are 3 main factors at work here, Perceived Competence, Confidence, and Self-Efficacy.
- Perceived Competence: This refers to an individual’s belief about their ability or skill in a specific area. It’s about how competent or capable they perceive themselves to be. Perceived competence is domain-specific and is often influenced by past experiences and feedback from others. For example, if an individual has been successful in a task in the past, they may perceive themselves as competent in that task.
- Confidence: Confidence is a broader term that refers to a general belief in one’s abilities. It’s a feeling of self-assuredness that comes from an appreciation of our own abilities or qualities. Confidence can be domain-specific (e.g., I am confident in my ability to cook a good meal) or more general (e.g., I am a confident person). Confidence is often seen as a personality trait that can influence behavior across a variety of situations.
- Self-Efficacy: Self-efficacy, a concept introduced by psychologist Albert Bandura, is more specific than confidence. It refers to an individual’s belief in their capacity to execute behaviors necessary to produce specific performance attainments. It’s not just about knowing what to do, but also believing that you can do it in a particular context. Self-efficacy is context-specific and can vary depending on the situation. For example, a person might have high self-efficacy in cooking but low self-efficacy in public speaking.
In summary, while all three terms relate to an individual’s belief in their abilities, they differ in their specificity and context. Perceived competence is about one’s skills in a specific domain, confidence is a more general belief in one’s abilities, and self-efficacy is about one’s belief in their ability to succeed in specific situations or tasks.
high confidence and self-efficacy
low Confidence & self-efficacy
On the other hand, if you score lower in Confidence and Self-Efficacy, it doesn’t mean you lack abilities or skills. Instead, it may indicate that you’re less certain about your capacity to use those skills to achieve desired outcomes. You might be more hesitant to take on challenges or may feel more discouraged by setbacks. However, remember that confidence and self-efficacy can be developed. By setting achievable goals, seeking out experiences that build your skills, and cultivating a growth mindset, you can enhance your confidence and self-efficacy over time.
understanding confidence and self-eficacy
Understanding your Confidence and Self-Efficacy score in your PEP can provide valuable insights into your motivations, behaviors, and potential areas for growth. It can help you identify where you feel most capable and where you might want to focus on building your confidence and belief in your abilities. This understanding can empower you to make choices that align with your strengths, challenge areas where you want to grow, and ultimately lead a more fulfilling and successful life.
Your Connectedness Score describes your natural tendency to reach out, form connections, and and include other people in your journey.
It’s an indication of the fulfillment and joy you get from being connected to and associate with others. It describes your level of need for social connection and creating relationships.
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Connectedness reflects the degree to which you involve others in various aspects of your life and how much you value social interactions and relationships. It’s about more than just the number of social connections you have; it’s about the quality of those connections and the extent to which you integrate social aspects into your life.
A high score in connectedness suggests that you actively seek to involve others in your life, whether it’s sharing perspectives, involving others in your plans, seeking mentorship, or finding renewal in doing things with others. It indicates that you value social interactions and relationships and see them as an integral part of your life journey.
On the other hand, a lower score in connectedness might suggest that you prefer to navigate life more independently, or that you may find it more challenging to involve others in your life. This doesn’t necessarily mean you lack social skills or relationships, but rather that you might prefer a degree of solitude or independence in your activities and decisions.
Understanding Connectedness and Relatedness
Connectedness is closely associated with the concept of relatedness, a fundamental psychological need as identified in Self-Determination Theory. Relatedness refers to the need to form meaningful and satisfying relationships with others, to feel a sense of belonging and emotional connection.
A high score in connectedness suggests a strong sense of relatedness.
It indicates that you not only seek social interactions, but you also strive for deeper, more meaningful connections. You value the emotional bonds you form with others and derive a sense of belonging and security from these relationships. You actively involve others in various aspects of your life, such as sharing perspectives, involving others in your plans, seeking mentorship, and finding renewal in doing things with others.
A lower score in connectedness, while suggesting a preference for more independence, does not necessarily mean a lack of relatedness.
You may still have meaningful relationships and a sense of belonging, but you might prefer to navigate certain aspects of life more independently. It could also indicate areas where you might want to focus on enhancing your sense of relatedness, such as by deepening existing relationships or building new ones.
Understanding your level of connectedness and relatedness can provide valuable insights into your social behavior and preferences. It can guide you in nurturing your relationships, improving your social skills, and finding the right balance between independence and social engagement. Whether you score high or low in connectedness, remember that it’s not about good or bad, but about understanding your unique social needs and preferences and how they shape your life.
This aspect of connectedness and relatedness is vital to feeling like we’re thriving in life and finding purpose, meaning, and fulfillment. You can explore this concept more fully by visiting the Connectedness principle in the Principle Inventory of our Achievement Academy.
Your Autonomy Score is a measure of your perceived control, influence, and ability across various aspects of their life. It reflects the degree to which you feel you can make independent decisions, influence your outcomes, and shape your own path.
Autonomy is about having the freedom to act according to your values, interests, and beliefs, and feeling that your behavior is self-endorsed and congruent with your personal values and beliefs.
Autonomy is about having the freedom to make choices that are in alignment with your identity (your most authentic self).
High levels of autonomy are associated with feeling a strong sense of personal freedom and self-determination across various life domains.
Individuals with high autonomy believe they have a significant influence over their surroundings, relationships, personal growth, and the achievement of their goals.
They feel secure in their identity, confident in their ability to find resources and guidance, and believe in their capacity to make a difference.
High autonomy is also associated with a strong sense of personal efficacy, control, and feeling like they have the ability to shape their life according to their values and interests.
Low autonomy often leads to a feeling of being constrained or controlled.
Individuals with low autonomy may feel that their actions and decisions are heavily influenced by external factors or pressures, rather than being a true reflection of their personal values and interests.
They may feel less confident in their ability to influence their surroundings, relationships, and personal growth, and may struggle with goal achievement. Low autonomy can lead to feelings of helplessness, lack of control, and a disconnect from one’s authentic self.
People who have a high level of autonomy tend to have a high desire to maintain that autonomy.
The preservation of autonomy is critical to them. In most instances, they esteem it to be even more valuable than those who have no autonomy, but desire it (this is the principle of Loss Aversion).
Because of this, if someone has a high degree of autonomy and is put within a situation or environment or context where they have less autonomy, they will tend to quickly become dissatisfied.
This is a common Departure Trigger.
When this happens, they may first seek to reclaim their autonomy, but if it becomes clear that this is unlikely, dissatisfaction will become disengagement, and can rapidly fuel their acceleration through the stages of disengagement.
It is important to seek autonomy, and to increase the autonomy we feel across life’s domains, or critical contexts.
For more information on what Autonomy is, on how it works and how to increase it, click here to open the principle on Autonomy in our Principle Inventory of the Academy.
Your Passion score describes the overall breadth of passion you feel, or how passionate you are in your life.
It’s an indication of the emotional enthusiasm you naturally carry with you and can indicate your level of curiosity and energy for trying new things. Raw passion is a huge source of natural energy that drives engagement in life.
Your results across all 16 elements
Below you will be able to see how you scored across all 16 Elements, using three distinct lenses. Each will help you more fully understand your personality and what motivates you. Understanding what these scores means, through each of these lenses, can make a big difference in helping you know what you can do to feel more motivated, be more engaged, achieve success and find fulfillment in life.
YOUR Tier 1 motivators
MAXIMUM MOTIVATION POTENTIAL
The following are your Tier 1 Motivators. These are the Elements where you scored 86 – 100. These Elements have maximum motivation potential. These are special motivators, and they’re rare. It’s not uncommon for you to only have a single or maybe even no Elements in this category. These Elements have the absolute highest ability to drive your motivation and take the very least work to activate the energy from them.
That’s all, you have no additional Tier 1 Elements.
YOUR Tier 2 motivators
HIGH MOTIVATION POTENTIAL
These are your Tier 2 Motivators. These are the Elements where you scored 71 – 85. These Elements have high motivation potential. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a Tier 1 Motivator, these are going to be the Elements that you rely most heavily on to keep you motivated and moving forward in life. They are also rare, and it’s common to only have one or two of these Motivators. These Elements have a very high ability to drive your motivation. It takes very little work to activate the energy from them.
That’s all, you have no additional Tier 2 Elements.
YOUR Tier 3 motivators
MEDIUM MOTIVATION POTENTIAL
These are your Tier 3 Motivators. These are the Elements where you scored 46 – 70. These Elements have medium motivation potential, and they’re a lot more common than Tier 1 and Tier 2 Motivators. You’re likely to have several Elements that fall into this category. This category likely represent the bulk of the Elements that provide a relatively easy-to-access, high motivational output. Because of this, your Tier 3 Elements should remain high in your focus when solving for your own energy.