‘‘Finding Your Voice’ is about finding YOUR authentic vibration and then playing ‘tunes’ in your way – and what I mean by ‘tunes’ are the ‘Songs of Life’, how you play life! ‘
Before we begin to unravel how to Find Your Voice and Serve With Impact, let’s first get clear what this really means and why it’s so critical, for not only achieving success but even more so for experiencing fulfilment.
I like to break it into two obvious parts, yet there is actually a third part too:
Part 1: Finding Your Voice
Part 2: Serving With Impact
Part 3: Creating Your Legacy that Continues to Create Impact for Generations to Come
So let’s unpack the first two, beginning with ‘Finding Your Voice’. When most of my clients first present to me, they believe this is the part where I will share with them how to become world-class professional speakers. Yet, this part is so much more than public speaking – it’s about finding your core energy.
If you have joined me at any of my events you’ll be familiar with my line, “we are not talking about ANY JI, we are talking about ENERJI“.
As Indians, when we visit our relatives we are conditioned from a very early age to show respect when addressing our elders, so when we greet our Aunty we show respect by addressing her as “Aunty Ji”; and same for others such as, “Nani Ji”, “Papa Ji”, “Uncle Ji”, you get the idea!
At my events, especially with young people, I ask, “Which ‘Ji’ is the most important Ji?”
The most popular response is, “Mummy Ji.”
I pause and then abruptly say “No”, to the shock of the audience; and then with a smile on my face I share, “the most important ‘Ji’ is ENERJI”.
So, now armed with that, I want you to know that ENERJI is your Authentic Energy.
This then leads us into why ‘Finding Your Voice’ is about finding your ENERJI.
We can all agree that musical instruments communicate through vibration and that vibration is energy. Also, when those instruments vibrate at certain frequencies (notes) they create a sound or tune, which some may perceive as noise and others as music! Either way, the interesting thing is that a piano can play the same song as a guitar and we can easily recognize the song from both of them. Yet, is it not true they have a different way of playing the same tune/song? Even though it’s the same song, they have their own unique, distinctive and AUTHENTIC way of playing it, as does the saxophone, violin, flute, and so on.
‘Mastering the ‘Science of Achievement’ is one thing, yet applying that science to ‘achieve’ fulfilment is futile. As fulfilment is an art (not a science) and that requires you to get in tune with YOUR instrument and play tunes YOUR way through your Finding Your Voice your authentic energy – your ENERJI.’
Do you know our Voice is classified as an instrument? In fact, it is actually classified as a musical instrument. I can personally vouch for this as my daughter Rosie enters the prestigious ‘Musician of the Year’ contest every year and in the application section where it asks to specify your musical instrument, she enters ‘VOICE’, as she is a singer.
Thus ‘Finding Your Voice’ is about finding YOUR authentic vibration and then playing ‘tunes’ in your way – and what I mean by ‘tunes’ are the ‘Songs of Life’, how you play life!
As one of my favorite songs states, you’ve got to…
“Play your own type of music, sing your own special song. Even if no one else sings along”
There’s plenty of evidence that we can become elite performers in business, sports, arts, and as parents and achieve phenomenal success, yet not be vibrating from our authentic energy (ENERJI).
I am blessed to serve many elite performers in business, sports and arts and it is not uncommon, especially from certain cultures, that they are vibrating from other people’s ENERJI’s; especially those that they love, cherish or even fear, for example Daddy Ji, Aunty Ji, or even Professor Ji! This is what creates a feeling of emptiness and lack of fulfilment in so many elite performers, even though to everyone else it seems they ‘have it all’.
As you go on in your professional journeys, I would ask you to be aware that we can follow pathways of success and achieve phenomenal success in any field we desire as long as we invest resources of time, money and energy into it. Mastering the ‘Science of Achievement’ is one thing, yet applying that science to ‘achieve’ fulfilment is futile. As fulfilment is an art (not a science) and that requires you to get in tune with YOUR instrument and play tunes YOUR way through your Finding Your Voice your authentic energy – your ENERJI.
“Serving others is the greatest vehicle for fulfilment and being able to serve others from our authentic core being is the highest level of bliss I believe we can experience, as that is when we are closest to our spirit, source, God, Universe, or whatever label you may choose”
Onto the second part, ‘Serve With Impact’. Once you have found your voice – your ENERJI – it’s now time to Serve With Impact. Which means that it’s time to bring that ENERJI into everything you do, including whatever you are already doing in your career and life, as well as other vehicles that allow you to express even more of your ENERJI consistently.
Serving with greater impact can include serving more people and serving deeper with those that you already serve. It also means serving from the real authentic you. This is where fulfilment comes into play. Serving others is the greatest vehicle for fulfilment and being able to serve others from our authentic core being is the highest level of bliss I believe we can experience, as that is when we are closest to our spirit, source, God, Universe, or whatever label you may choose.
Next, let’s move onto ‘How To Find Your Voice and Serve With Impact’. How do we find our true self, our ENERJI?
There are many tools and disciplines available to help us ‘find our passion or purpose’, with the common denominator that we are searching for experiences that allow us to connect (vibrate) with those core emotions which make us feel most alive. The most effective processes include identifying with our values, beliefs and identity.
Here it is important to remind you once again that there is a big difference between the ‘science of achieving something’, including identifying our values and beliefs, and the ‘art of experiencing something’. The key distinction is not what we are doing, but how we are doing it and from where. Allow me to explain.
If I were to ask you to stop reading this article right now and begin to list your values and then follow a process to illicit the hierarchy of your values (that is, what is their order of importance), do you think your answers would be the same if I asked you to do the same exercise during times when you are experiencing trauma, grief or stress? I would guess not, and the scientist in us would be evaluating which is correct, yet the artist in us may see both as correct. This is why so many people get frustrated by not knowing with certainty their ‘purpose in life’.
Allow me to share how I support my clients to connect with their ENERJI. Firstly, I remind them that our ENERJI is best found in the moments when we do things we love, and when we:
- Conquer Our Fears
- Overcome Adversity
- Release Ourselves From ‘Emotional Constipation‘ (a term I created based on my own personal experience and that of my clients. It is where we hold onto things from the past in the form of suppressed energy)
- Immerse in Deep Meditation
I urge you to implement the above or find someone who can support you to do so, because the truth is, it is when you feel and experience your greatness that your limitations are removed and you may illicit your core values (emotions) that light you up as they come forth, whilst connecting you with your true source.
“It is when you feel and experience your greatness that your limitations are removed and you may illicit your core values (emotions) that light you up as they come forth, whilst connecting you with your true source”
AND ‘Serving with Impact’is putting that unique vibrational energy into some order, so you may make your own music (service).
In fact, this is where public speaking actually comes into play, as it is about creating some order out of the noise and, in public speaking terms, it’s about creating content that is memorable for you and your audience and also positions you as an authority in your topic. Then it’s about communicating, or delivering your content/messages with confidence, in an engaging and transformational way by using secret proven systems of the world’s greatest speakers – thus allowing you to express your ENERJI in all areas of your life.
Finally, we come to the third part, ‘Creating Your Legacy’. This is for those who want to express their gift, their ENERJI to others through different mediums; outside of their current vehicles, such as business, career or home life. This is where my clients fully utilize their tools as world-class speakers; as once they have tasted authentic fulfilment, the desire to serve is greater. Thus, I take them on a journey to create systems and organizations (their foundations) that allow them to serve their message / music in their authentic way with even more impact, now and for generations to come. It’s their ultimate gift back to God / the Universe.
I wish you all the best on your journey as you Find Your Voice and Serve With Impact, and I look forward to the day our ENERJIs connect again!
Keep serving – authentically and consistently.
- The article was originally published in Career Ahead April 2021 issue.