They lurk in our businesses, our families, and our social organizations. They are real. They are everywhere. And they will suck the life out of you if you let them. They’re the Energy vampires.
If you’re like most people, it has happened to you. You start talking to someone and, before you know it, they’ve drained the energy and excitement right out of you. You look for fang marks on your neck, but then you realize Energy Vampires don’t have fangs—they have other means to suck your energy.
Negative comments. “Did I tell you how much I hate my life and work? Did I tell you what so and so did to me? Did I tell you how my life stinks? Did I tell you why nothing goes right?”
Dream snatching. “You can’t do that. How are you doing to do that? Are you living in fantasyland? Get back to the real world. You should do this instead.”
Shrinking devices. “What is wrong with you? Can you do anything right? You are the worst. I hate working with you.”
In other situations the words may be less harsh, but the result ends up being the same. Once an Energy Vampire starts sucking it is difficult to break free. Don’t let this happen. Instead be prepared to neutralize an Energy Vampire from the beginning. You don’t need a stake or garlic.
- Look in the mirror. Sometimes we are the Vampires. If we pay attention to our thoughts and words we can eliminate the vampire in us. Are you being negative or positive?
- Confront and reform. Tell your Energy Vampire (EV) that he or she is being negative. They may not even realize it. Ask for support, positive feedback, and encouragement from them. If your EV is a colleague, family member, or friend, perhaps you ca reform them into an Energy Addict. Show them how to spread positive energy.
- Turn on the light. When you were a child and scared of the dark you turned on the light an felt better. Negative energy is like darkness. When you encounter an Energy Vampire, turn on the light. When an EV comes at you with fear, negativity, hate, and anger, respond with love, kindness, and positive energy. Negative energy is powerless in the light.
- Run. Run as far and as fast as you can. Really fast. This sometimes is the best technique if you are not close with the EV. You only have so much energy, and in today’s world you need to keep all you have.