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Energy Levels in Projectors

One of the biggest misconceptions I notice in projectors is that once we find out we’re a “non-energy” type, we take that as we can’t or don’t have energy for ANYthing.

Some projectors are energy projectors and some projectors are non-energy projectors, but this doesn’t mean what you might think.

So let’s dig into this to combat any misinformation you may have thought was true up until now.

First, what’s the difference between “energy” projectors and “non-energy” projectors?

The answer is: Not much.

Do energy projectors have more physical energy? Yes.

Does that mean that non-energy projectors have no physical energy? Absolutely not.

It’s the WAY you use your energy and how efficient you have to be with it.

There are 4 “motor centers” in the Human Design chart.

Motor centers provide stable, steady, and sustainable energy for doing things.

In order of how much energy they provide, here are the 4 motor centers:

  • Sacral Center – No projectors have this. This is only a center that Generators and Manifesting Generators have.
  • Emotional Center – Only Emotional Authorities have this center defined. So an Emotional Authority Projector has this center defined.
  • Root Center – This is found only in either Splenic Authorities, Sacral Authorities, or Emotional Authorities.
  • Ego/Heart Center – Any type can have this center defined, the ones that DON’T have it are Self-Projected Projectors, Mental Projectors (sidenote: mental or “no authority” types DOESN’T mean that the mind is the authority, but that’s a topic for another day), and Reflectors.

These 4 centers provide the extra physical energy to those who have them defined.

Therefore, if you have at least ONE of them defined in your chart, you’re classified as an “energy” projector. You can have any combination of them, but having at least one classifies you as an energy projector.

However, if you have none of those 4 motor centers defined, you’re classified as a “non-energy” projector.

I’m a Self-Projected Projector, so I’m technically classified as a non-energy projector. But as you can see, I have a blog, a podcast, and many other things that I do each day. So, what do these mean, really?

Like all types, you have more energy for the things you LOVE to do.

This gets frequently overlooked, but think about something you hate doing. How motivated are you to do it? Probably not very motivated.

Energy projectors have a motor center that they can TAKE energy FROM in order to “do” the things that they need to do.

Whereas with non-energy projectors, it’s MUCH more difficult, because we don’t have any baseline motor centers at the ready.

So practically, what do you do?

Like in all open centers, you take in and AMPLIFY the energy around you from those who have the center defined where you’re open.

So for non-energy projectors, just being around someone, in the same room or even on a call with someone who has a motor center, will help you get motivated and have a burst of energy to do the things you need to do. Because you take in that energy and amplify it.

But you may feel a “crash” after the person leaves, it could slowly fade or be more abrupt, it just depends. It’s kind of like a caffeine rush or a sugar rush.

The thing to remember is that you are not meant to HOLD this energy or sustain it. So having a detox at the end of the day, or consciously releasing the energy when you’re done is a cruical part of self-care. If you don’t release it, you’ll burn out.

And yet, at the same time, if you’re really passionate about something, you’re excited to do it, right? Yes! So you’ll find that you actually have much more energy for those things and thinking “non-energy” means that you can’t have energy is actually limiting you.

For me, I love to write. I love to sing. I love to dance. I love to learn things. I love to spend time with my friends.

And I can do all of these every day because I give myself ample time to decompress AND relax in between them.

I take multiple naps a day.

Seriously, like 2 or 3. And while some other people may see that as “lazy”, it’s something that helps me recoup my energy to continue on throughout the day. So F what everyone else says. Do what feels GOOD and RIGHT for YOU.

The only limits you have are the ones you choose to believe are true.

All projectors need rest.

As a projector, regardless of anything else, you’ll need more rest than others (besides reflectors). But whatever way and whatever level of rest you find rejuvenating, that is the right level for you.

I used to overdo my rest because as soon as I found out I was supposed to rest, I took it as an excuse for me to do nothing. But that actually still drained me and I was SO confused for a few weeks.

It wasn’t until I liberated myself from overdoing the self-care that I realized I didn’t need THAT much. Granted, I still need a lot, but not 24/7.

And if you’re a projector who’s thinking “I don’t really need much rest now that I think about it,” that’s totally fine!

Some people only need the weekend to themselves. Some people only need one self-care thing per day. Some need multiple. Some need mainly self-care. It literally doesn’t matter if you need more or less, there’s no right or wrong. There’s only what’s correct for YOU.

Likewise, some people get energy from rest, others get energy from being more active. It’s YOUR body. What feels good for you?

Seriously, toss out ALL the expectations and ALL the “standards” and really ask yourself what is right for you.

You will find you have more energy around others.

Like I stated above, open centers take in and amplify the energy around them. So you may find that you have a lot of energy depending on the situation you’re in or the environment you’re in.

Even if you’re an introvert, like me, others may actually mistake you for an extrovert in certain situations becuase you’re essentially riding on a caffeine high of energy when you’re around them.

So if you think you’re an introvert, you probably are. And this may explain why you feel so talkative or so energetic around others.

There’s even more caveats in Human Design, so if any of this doesn’t “fit” you exactly the way I wrote it, don’t get discouraged. Human Design is called a Living Experiment for a reason.

Experiment with it. Experiment with your life. Find out what works for you. FInd out what makes sense right now and use that. It may make sense in the future. You never know unless you try and test it out.

But if you only take one thing from this article, as a projector, you aren’t limited to just doing nothing. And you DO have energy. You just have to learn to work and flow WITH it, instead of against it.

Happy experimenting!

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What it Means to Wait for the Invitation as a Projector

When most people find out that they’re a Projector in Human Design, they get discouraged.

We see the “Wait for the Invitation” as our strategy, and it’s like our worst fear is being realized: We can’t give advice to everyone because they don’t want it from us. And we need to wait for them to come to us for advice in a specific way.

Ouch.

If you’re like me, this caused you to have a mini ego-death.

Since we were kids, we just see everything that’s wrong in the world.

We see how it could be better — much, MUCH better.

We’re efficient.

With the low-level of energy we have (not as low as you might think, but that’s a topic for another day), we try to conserve it and save on time while at it.

And when we see others wasting their time or energy on something that could be easily tweaked to make it 10x more efficient, of course we want to help them and tell them!

So reading that we need to “wait for the invitation” and sit here and watch as other people all around us make so many mistakes… it’s like torture.

A bit melodramatic, eh? Perhaps. But it’s still true.

But what does “wait for the invitation” really mean?

Thankfully, it’s not as strict as it might seem.

“Wait for the Invitation”

First, what does this NOT mean?

  • This DOESN’T mean you have to sit around doing absolutely nothing while you wait.
  • This DOESN’T mean you can’t post on IG, FB, or other social media platforms about your ideas.
  • This DOESN’T mean your opinion isn’t needed.
  • This DOESN’T mean you have to wait for a formal invitation in the mail (though sometimes, for events, that may be a thing, but not for every situation)

If that doesn’t cheer you up a bit already, I know when we break this all down it will. So let’s take a look at what you CAN do and what this DOES mean.

1. You have been given the GIFT of time, energy, and selection.

Waiting for the invitation means that you can sit back and study the things you LOVE. You can master the things you truly care about. And have fun while you’re improving your skills as you “wait” to be invited.

Think about it, would you rather spend your time learning about the things that make you a “nerd” OR constantly be trying to find people who need your help out in the world every day, needing to promote yourself heavily, and talk about yourself 24/7?

My guess is that you’d rather sit back and enjoy the ride.

But then why are we SO engrained to take option 2 before we find Human Design? Because we were taught that if we didn’t “go out and get it, it’ll never come”.

But I have fantastic news for you. That belief is bullshit.

Your energy speaks for you, protects you from the people who aren’t right for you, and gives you the peace and solace to learn anything your heart desires.

2. You can 100% still put yourself, your work, and your passions out there so that people CAN find you when they need you.

Remember how I said you don’t want to be promoting yourself heavily 24/7? I meant in a sleazy, unaligned, yucky feeling way.

Now what you CAN do, is make sure that you are visible.

Which means to find what feels good to YOU and do it.

If you’re an artist, find yourself a platform to showcase your work. This could be Etsy, IG, FB, or many other platforms that are more niche.

If you’re a business constultant, post content on your platform of choice. Are you more of a writer? Perhaps start a blog. Are you a visual person? IG would be great. What about voice and video? Youtube and TikTok are amazing. There’s even podcasts or other voice audio apps.

Seriously, the world is your blank canvas.

What do you TRULY like to do? Do that. And do it in a way that really makes you happy. Because that is how you’re going to find your freedom, fulfillment AND success.

Sounds amazing, right?

If you’re still not yet convinced that being a Projector is a blessing, not a curse, let’s look at the last two points. I think they’ll change your mind.

3. You can still give advice WHENEVER you want to.

Again, remember how I said we aren’t supposed to go around telling people our advice because they don’t want it from us? That’s partially true. Here’s the loop hole:

  • You can give ALL the advice that you want, as long as it’s GENERALIZED or SELF-IMPROVEMENT.

What does that mean?

Well you know how Jenny was telling you about her boyfriend issues and you REALLY wanted to tell her all the red flags about him? If you were to specifically tell her about HIM, without her asking your advice, it’s going to go unheard.

BUT

If you talk about YOUR OWN previous experience with the SAME red flags you’re seeing in him, without trying to “push” the information on her, then she’ll hear you.

Likewise, let’s say you are that business consultant and you want to create content for your audience. You CAN still create content in a GENERALIZED way.

So instead of pointing out one or two people, talk in bigger terms.

Or talk in “I learned this” ways. Self-examples and storytelling from personal experiences.

Talking in generalized terms goes against SO MANY “business rules”, but if you test it out, you might realize it’s the best thing for YOU.

4. An invitation can be direct or indirect.

What does that mean?

A direct invitation is when someone blatantly asks you a question or specifically asks for your advice. Such as “Hey, can you tell me what [this tip] means from your post?”

That’s them recognizing you and asking YOU because they want to learn from YOU.

Another example from the Jenny scenario, is if Jenny was to straight ask you for your advice on the situation. “What would you do?” or “Do you have any advice?”

That’s a direct invitation.

The trickier ones are the energetic invitations. AKA the indirect invitations.

Let’s say you’re in a conference meeting and your boss asks the room for ideas. That’s an energetic invitation because he’s opening the conversation to anyone in the room.

However, it’s a weak indirect invitation. Meaning that even though he opened it up to everyone, that doesn’t mean you jump straight to your novella of ideas right away.

In this case, test the waters out and say one or two things. If you’re invited to share more or elaborate, that’s a direct invitation after an indirect invitation.

Another indirect invitation is how you feel around the person you’re talking to.

If you FEEL like you’re being seen and heard, without forcing yourself to be seen and heard, then you have an indirect invitation from them. Their ENERGY is open to you.

For instance, if you have friends that you hang out with, you already have an invitation with them (usually) and can openly give your advice where you see fit.

There are certain scenarios where you won’t have an open invitation from them, but that’s a topic for another time as well.

As you can see, “waiting for the invitation” is not as strict as it first seemed. It’s actually a blessing.

Because guess what? You GET to save your energy.

You don’t have to fix everyone around you. You can just focus on yourself and enjoy your life.

And when you DO get an invitation, it’ll feel SO much lighter, brighter, and happier within the energy of it.

So, what are you going to do now with all your newfound free time and the extra energy?

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The One Thing That Comes Before An Invitation As a Projector

As a projector, I’m sure you know the importance now of waiting for an invitation in doing what you do best — giving advice. However, if you don’t, you may want to take a quick peek at the blog post I wrote about invitations a few days ago. You can find it here.

But what isn’t talked about a lot is the thing that comes before an invitation, and it actually commonly gets misconstrued as an invitation.

I’m talking about… RECOGNITION.

What is Recognition?

Recognition is what you get from someone who truly SEES your genius and learns from you.

It’s when someone DM’s you and says “Thank you for creating this!”

It’s when your friend says that they love having you as their friend.

It’s when your teacher says they were happy you contributed in class today.

Recognition comes in many different forms, and just like invitations, it can be direct or indirect.

However, just because someone recognizes you DOESN’T mean that’s an invitation.

Wait, what?

Yep. As if deciphering an invitation wasn’t already hard enough, now we throw recognition into the mix.

But fear not, because I DO have a surefire way to help you decipher between the two going forward.

So let’s say that as a young projector, you’ve been told over and over again that the people around you don’t want your opinion.

I know, it sounds harsh, but a lot of projectors actually go through this.

Let’s say you are used to either getting backlash for trying to help others with your advice, or people try to ignore you now because they know you’ll try to tell them a better way to do something.

After years of this when we’re younger, we learn a few things that AREN’T true but FEEL true:

  1. When I give my opinion, I actually hurt others.
  2. If I reach out to anyone, they’re going to ignore me.
  3. I’m going to get rejected if I say what I truly feel.

Now, yes there are other things that we learn that deal deeper with our self-worth, but that’s a topic for another time.

The point is that we get so used to being shut down that we inadvertently have this complex in our minds that we need others approval before doing something — anything.

Enter, the Projector Paradox.

The Projector Paradox

The Projector Paradox is a term I made up, so you won’t find others using it. But let me explain why this is such a paradox.

Imagine being so observant to what others are doing that you could help them by telling them a better way to save time and energy.

Except, you can’t tell them because they haven’t recognized you — meaning that they won’t actually hear anything you say until they’ve recognized you.

But you still see it.

And they’re still wasting their time and energy.

What do you do?

Hence, the Projector Paradox. Which I guess could also be called the Invitation Paradox or the Recognition Paradox, depending on your preference.

The even crazier part here is that even if you WERE recognized by them, that doesn’t mean they’re open to your advice still.

Which just adds another layer onto the entire paradox!

I don’t know about you, but my head is spinning.

So let’s get out of the damn paradox, and find what we can do and what recognition is all about.

Recognition is your confirmation.

Treat recognition as your confirmation from the universe, (higher power, God, whatever you want to call it), that you’re heading in the right direction and that you’re on you life purpose path.

Recognition is someone else telling you they value you.

They value what you do, how you’ve helped them, and what you bring.

Recognition happens both before AND after an invitation.

We tend to speak about invitations and recognition like it’s a one time thing. But it’s not. We’re in a constant cycle of it.

Recognition happens, then an invitation, then recognition again, then another invitation, and so on.

Someone can recognize you for different topics you are knowledgeable about.

They can recognize you for different levels they didn’t realize you knew about those topics.

So, as you can see, recognition is NOT an invitation to give advice, but rather a gratefulness for YOU as a person, doing what you do.

What do we do with this?

As I’ve said, recognition comes both before and after an invitation. And there’s a way around recognition so that you can just continually receive invitations without needing formal recognition.

What’s that?

RECOGNIZE YOURSELF FIRST.

Yes.

Again, seriously.

Recognize yourself, your value, your genius, and your worth first.

When YOU recognize yourself, you’re CONFIDENT in what you say, what you do, and, ultimately, you’re confident in WHO YOU ARE.

Your energy is your greatest billboard. It speaks for you.

When you’re confident, you show it.

When you’re confident, you speak up.

When you’re confident, you allow yourself to shine.

And how do you become confident?

You RECOGNIZE YOURSELF.

The Projector Paradox 2.0

Another layer that I hadn’t told you yet was that you actually DON’T NEED others recognition.

You need YOUR OWN recognition.

And when you recognize yourself, you actually start to put yourself out there and you allow others to find you.

When you allow others to find you, you add value and bring impact to people’s lives.

When you add value and impact to people’s lives they want to invite you because they can tell that YOU’RE ready for the invitation.

Recognition is merely a step for you to show up and stand up to say “I’m ready for invitations.”

And once you really absorb and feel this to be true, you’ll start to see the shift.

Because all you ever needed was to recognize yourself first.

So what are you ready to be recognized for?

Recognize yourself first, and see what changes you make that then allows others to experience the you that is ready to be invited.

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On Consistency and Sticking to a Schedule

This is going to be such an unpopular opinion that I almost decided not to write this. However, it’s important for you to know, just in case you’re like me.

Over the last 30 days, I’ve made a schedule for myself.

My goal was to write a blog post every day, even if it turned out to be a shitty post.

My personal daily structure was that I was going to allow myself to freedom to flow through my days, without forcing myself to do anything.

Needless to say, I didn’t write every day. BUT it’s not because of what you might think.

“Laziness”

There’s so much collective pain and conditioning around “Resting” that it’s been labelled as “Laziness” when people take a day off, choose to NOT do something, or are sitting down to take a breather from life.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s a line between laziness and resting, but that line isn’t so black and white.

Mainly, speaking in Human Design terms, anyone without a defined motor center needs more rest than others.

And anyone without a defined Ego center doesn’t have access to consistent Willpower and Motivation.

What does that mean?

My experience

Just so we’re both on the same page, I have NO motor centers. And my Ego center is NOT defined.

So when I told myself for the umpteenth time that I was “finally going to be consistent”, I was setting myself up for failure.

Consistency ISN’T in my nature. It’s not a natural thing for my energy.

So though I was able to crank out a few posts at the beginning of the month, gaining a 5 day or so streak, I was so happy and proud of myself!

Then day 7 happened…

And day 8…

On day 9 I posted again.

Then day 10 happened…

Day 11 I posted again.

Day 12 I posted again.

Then radio silence for about a week.

And it wasn’t that I couldn’t sit down and write. I had all the time I needed. I had the availability for it. And it’s not like I was sitting around just watching Netflix.

But the thing was, my energy had moved on.

I was focusing on learning instead.

My energy went from exporting to importing. For no reason other than that’s what felt RIGHT. That’s what came easily to me.

Consistency is an illusion

Honestly, only people with defined Ego centers are the ones that have the energy for consistency. It doesn’t take too much for the Ego center’s motor to be turned into “on” mode.

However, every OTHER center, needs the right conditions.

Inconsistency is labelled as “bad” or “lazy”.

“Sometimes you just gotta push through”.

Insert any other “hustle-mindset” phrases here.

But why do you want to push yourself to do something if in the moment you hate doing it right then and you have no energy to do it?

That feeling of no energy and force is going to show through in your work anyways!

So it’s like you force yourself to do it, only to have THOSE things that you did be the ones you’re needing to re-tweak or re-record or re-write at a different time because you weren’t happy with the end result anyways.

Why not wait for the creative wave to come back around and then you just create as much as you want to and SAVE some for the time when, inevitably, you’ll feel uninspired to do it?

Creativity IS a wave.

And choosing to celebrate the down time is JUST as important as celebrating the UP time.

I didn’t stop writing because I had nothing to say

I stopped writing because what I would’ve said wouldn’t have been as good in THAT moment as if I would’ve waited until the right time.

I have more than a handful of things that I’m doing/learning/creating at any given time.

I’m not a Manifesting Generator (someone who can and is meant to be multitasking). But I have a need for variety.

The difference between us is that I have a list of things to choose from in the moment, and I’m NEVER doing more than one at a time.

There are days I sing and learn French.

Then there are days that I don’t do that but I work on my business.

There are days that I go out.

There are days that I stay in and rest.

I learn in my free time. Brainstorm. Rest myself. And prepare myself for the next wave when my energy comes back.

I find that I create better, faster, more efficiently, and more happily doing all of this.

I never get bored. And even if I did, I know my list to choose from or how to find new things to try out.

And most of all, I don’t get BURNOUT anymore.

Consistency Burnout

Be honest, how many times have you felt burnout?

Now how often is that burnout linked to doing things you didn’t want to do in that moment?

If you haven’t discovered this pattern yet, pay attention the next time you feel burned out!

It’ll likely be because of things you don’t want to do (i.e. don’t have the energy for in that moment!), a collection of moments that you’re forcing yourself to do something you really don’t want to do, or even forcing yourself to do anything.

The ONLY times we get burnout from things we actually ENJOY are when we over-indulge ourselves in them. So perhaps that’s a thing for you too.

But, my point is, pay attention to where your burnout comes from and where it starts. You’ll be surprised!

And guess what?

You have 100% control of your life to CHANGE whatever is causing you burnout.

There are ways around it, ways to uplift you during it, ways to work with it, or even just the good-ol “saying no” works wonders as well.

It’s not “Batching”, it’s “Conserving”

I used to HATE the thought of batching content or batching anything.

But honestly, it’s the bees-knees — WHEN IT’S DONE CORRECTLY.

Again, just like we’re saying no to forcing in the moment, DON’T force yourself to batch.

Follow your energy. Batch during your Ups rather than your Downs.

If you have a creative wave with actually putting out content, create a system to help you automatically do that.

If you need to batch your budgeting or your tasks, do that.

Do whatever your energy leads you to do. Cut the things that aren’t necessary. And prioritize YOU.

My own consistency change

I’ve grown to enjoy my inconsistency.

Why are algorithms more important than my own health? They’re not.

I already know that I will create what I’m meant to create. So then why am I pushing?

There’s no deadline. And with an undefined Root center, I hate deadlines. They don’t help me at all, they just give me unnecessary pressure.

I follow what feels right. What flows right.

And if I need a day of full-relaxation, that’s not a bad thing. That’s SO helpful!

When I’m relaxing, I have some of my BEST ideas.

That’s a trend in my own energy that’s reliable. THAT is MY consistency.

As well as I’m a morning person. I like my mornings, I get a lot done.

It doesn’t matter what I’m getting done, I just get a lot done that I need to that day. That’s also MY consistency.

Just because it doesn’t fit the standards of “normal” consistency, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

And that goes for you, too.

So what’s something you’ve been burning yourself out on that you’re ready to release?

What’s a way you’re inconsistent that actually works WITH your energy?

And what are your ways of being consistent that matter to you?

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To Niche or Not to Niche as a Projector

The first thing I thought when I learned that my energy type affects my business is “well…shit.” Because I had such a negative outlook on being a Projector in business. I had barely any knowledge about what this was going to mean for me overall, I didn’t know how the heck invitations were supposed to work in business, and I didn’t want to niche down because it felt like putting myself in a constrictive box.

Now, today we won’t go into everything I just laid out, but we will go into the whole Niche dilemma. And I’ll get to the rest of those topics in the future.

If you haven’t read the blog post or listened to the episode about Invitations yet, go check that out after you’re done here. I have a very different perspective on invitations that you may never have been told before – and it’s one of the secrets to your projector magic!

What’s a Niche?

Niche, (pronounced knee-shh or nee-sh), is an area or topic that you excel in and know at great lengths that’s specific to either the type of people you help or the problem you help solve.

For example, Business is not a niche. It’s a category.

You can niche down three ways:

  1. Work specifically with one area of challenges that you solve – regardless of who encounters the challenges.
  2. Work specifically with a certain group of people – regardless of what challenges you’re helping them solve.
  3. Do both so that you’re working with a specific group of people who have a specific set of challenges you help them solve.

For example, let’s say you’re a Pilates instructor. You could help Expectant Moms (that’s your who) that want to stay fit during pregnancy with Pilates (that’s the solution to the challenge they could be looking to solve).

There’s many different ways to niche down. These are two specific ways, but you could stay broader as well.

To Niche or Not to Niche – That is the Question

MY personal opinion is: YES.

However, hear me out because I don’t mean to go dig yourself a small hole of one topic.

Here’s the baseline question I like to ask:

  • Does it feel constrictive to you?

If it feels like too small of an area for you to be in, broaden up. If it feels like there’s wayyy too much to cover so you’re not really covering anything, niche down.

Ideally, you’re looking for YOUR sweet spot. And your sweet spot will look different than others. And that’s okay!

The best part is that you don’t have to niche down right away.

Start with what you DO know

If you’re not ready to go niching down because you aren’t sure about it yet, then don’t go too deep. ESPECIALLY if you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur.

Every single person who has started a business has pivoted, even if they don’t readily or up front tell you that they have.

It takes time and testing to figure out what works best for you. Give yourself permission to pivot. Give yourself permission to test out different things. No one else cares if you pivot; BUT they WILL care if they can tell you hate what you do. That kind of energy isn’t fun to be around.

So if you don’t know exactly who you want to help yet, don’t niche yet.

If you don’t know exactly what problem you solve yet, start with a category instead.

As you go and as you create content, you’ll figure it out by feeling whether you like to talk about certain things.

Pivot, Pivot, Pivot!

Anyone else having Friends flashbacks to Ross as they’re carrying the sofa up the stairs? No? Just me?

Live by this: Each time you take a step forward, you’re one step closer to figuring it out.

For me, I pivoted over 30 times in under a year. Why so many? BECAUSE I HADN’T FOUND THE RIGHT ONE YET.

AND as a plus, since I didn’t hold myself back from pivoting, I was able to take as many steps forward as I needed to in order to get where I am today. And I’m so freaking glad that I didn’t take multiple years to do it!

There’s NO shame in pivoting.

The only one stopping you from taking steps towards your future is YOU.

The only one judging your progress is you.

Think of it this way: The ones who say ANYTHING negative to you about your journey are the ones who AREN’T on a journey of their own. Because the ones who are on their own journey don’t have the time or care for what you’re doing since they’re focusing on themselves.

Another gem: Don’t take insult from those you wouldn’t even take advice from.

Just saying!

What it looks like IRL

Let’s say you eventually will want to be that instructor we talked about earlier.

If you don’t know that you want to teach Pilates yet, start with Fitness.

Start creating fitness content on your platform of choice.

When you’re creating this content, you’ll realize “wow, I like creating [this] type of content more” and do more of that.

When you start working with people, see which people you enjoy working with the most.

These are the ways to keep taking steps forward.

You’ll end up going from Fitness to Low Impact Fitness to Mindful Fitness to Yoga to Pilates. Not specifically these or in this order, but you see how it went down in niche across the progression. That’s what you’re doing.

Allowing it to progress naturally.

And that’s actually the last big thing we’ll talk about.

Don’t force it

Too many times I see people force themselves to fit in a box they didn’t even care for in the first place.

The more you allow yourself to natually move forward, the faster you’ll find your niche.

I know it seems counterintuitive, and as a Projector it may be hard to trust and lean back, but that’s the BEST, fastest, and easiest way you’re going to find what’s right for you.

Final Thoughts

So overall, should you as a Projector niche down?

Yes. But only to your sweet spot.

If you have questions on this, let me know! We’ll dive deeper in the future, this is just the basis. And tell me, are you a projector in business? Do you have a niche or do you despise the niche down idea?

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5 Ways to Stop Burning Out as a Projector

One of the very first things I notice when Projectors come to me for help regarding their business is how burned out and drained their energy is.

They have their coffee in hand, the energy just seems more forceful and like it’s trying so hard to make it up a mountain.

But we quickly change that around in our call together.

One of the things I constantly hear is “I just feel so safe, heard, and like I can relax. It’s refreshing.”

This is not uncommon for Projectors — to be drained and burned out — but I will tell you that it is NOT a normal thing. You aren’t meant to be burned out. You aren’t meant to be constantly drained. You aren’t meant to be running on fumes just to get by.

So, let’s take a look at some of the things that could completely change this around for you in your own life.

5 things to do to stop burning out

Of course, this list could apply to more than just projectors. Anyone has the ability to burn themselves out. I just know that projectors seems to burn out more than any other type I’ve encountered so far.

1. Stop overcommitting yourself

You don’t have to be everything to everyone or be everywhere.

You need time to yourself to recharge. Even if you’re the most extroverted person, your projector energy needs time to rest and just detox from others.

You don’t have to go camping in the woods off the grid to achieve this, although you could if you want to! Usually this looks like saying “no” more often.

I know that may trigger some people-pleasing habits and all sorts of other limiting beliefs. So just take a moment and breathe. If these are coming up for you, try to figure out why this is your first response. Did someone tell you that you couldn’t say no if you wanted to be “a good friend”? Did someone show you that constantly working and going going going was the way to success? What is the underlying reason you may believe that you can’t say no?

Take a moment to dive into that. If you need help, you can consult the blog post I wrote last week about getting out of confusion. You can find it here.

But getting back to it; start saying “no” more often. Start prioritizing yourself. What would make you have more energy right now? Do you really want to go out or do you want to take a relaxing bath? Neither answer is wrong. It’s only about what works best for YOU.

Which this actually leads us to point number 2.

2. If you’re getting burned out from your business – make plans outside of it

I know you probably love your business (at least, you should! If you don’t maybe it’s time to check in and pivot), but you also need to spend time just doing things you LOVE that aren’t your business.

What are you passionate about?

What do you really enjoy doing?

If you’re not sure, it’s time to find some things that you do enjoy.

Test something new out. Think back to when you were younger, what did you always want to do or what did you dream of doing?

Start there.

3. Get in touch with friends

Especially right now with the state of the world, it’s important to keep in contact with those who you care about.

You don’t have to meet up with them in person, you can do a zoom call or Facebook messenger call. Find some way to connect to others.

It’ll help you get out of your own head. Especially for Self-Projected and Mental Projectors! I’m a self-projected projector too, and I know the lure my own brain has on me. But I also know that when I spend too much time up there, I start getting into overthinking and spirals that just aren’t healthy for me! Talking to others REALLY helps lighten that and helps me come back down to Earth.

4. Lessen your caffeine intake

I know, I know. Don’t throw your coffee at me yet!

You don’t have to give up coffee. You can start doing half decaf or full decaf instead.

The reason I say to lessen your caffeine intake is because it’s actually preventing you from getting truly in touch with your natual rhythms of energy.

Caffeine and sugar are two things that projectors tend to have an unhealthy amount of. Because we’re trying to prove that we can keep up with the world (and many time, surpass them!)

But believe me, it won’t help long term.

I used to have 12 shots of espresso per day.

PER

DAY.

That’s a looooot of fucking caffeine.

And when I didn’t have caffeine, sugar was my second option.

I felt fine at the time. But I spent one week without coffee or sugar and it was like hell. Withdrawls, brain fog, fatigue, etc. I honestly thought I was dying.

I realized then how much my body is affected by caffeine.

Again, I’m not saying to give it up completely. But perhaps reduce it.

You’ll start sleeping better.

And hey, if it doesn’t help at all, by all means continue on. I’m not a doctor, I’m just a person.

Find what’s best for you.

5. Drink more water

The population is very dehydrated as a whole. We’re barely getting enough water to stay healthy.

Try drinking at least 8 – 8 oz cups of water each day.

Again, if it’s not helping you, don’t listen to me. These things aren’t set in stone; they’re just what I’ve found helps most people I’ve talked to.

Water helps your body function as well as helps your brain, memory, and gives you energy.

There are definitely more things you could be doing to improve your energy overall, but start here. See what works for you and leave what doesn’t.

After all, it’s your life.

But I’d personally rather have more energy than not. So here are my ideas on how to start getting more energy and getting out of burnout.

I hope it helps you!

Good luck.

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Where to be Online as a Projector in Business

There’s so much contradictory information out there about “what platform to be on to succeed”. And let me be the first to say: it’s all bullshit.

While, yes, there are certain places more people are, such as Instagram and Facebook, that doesn’t mean you HAVE to be there too.

ESPECIALLY if your energy just abhorrs those platforms.

Great news! You don’t HAVE to be on them if you don’t want to be.

So where should a Projector in business be online? Let’s dig into it.

First, step away from the business rules you’ve been taught.

Most likely, you’ve learned business strategy from Generators or Manifesting-Generators. I know I did!

I was SO upset with myself that none of the business strategies were working for me.

I thought there was something inherently wrong with me.

People didn’t like ME when I used those strateiges.

Why?

Because it didn’t FIT my energy.

It was like trying to fit myself in a box that was already full. I wasn’t even in the box at all. So I just metaphorically carried around the heavy box hoping one day I might be able to fit inside of it.

Narrator: that didn’t happen.

In fact, it only got worse because I got SO tired of carrying around the box.

It was draining, exhausting, and it really took the fun and enjoyment out of being in the business world.

I was so discouraged!

How did it change for me?

I started listening to my intuition, and you should too.

When I finally started just releasing what wasn’t for me, when I finally just set down the box and walked away from it, I started feeling lighter.

I started feeling like I could move freely again.

I felt like a breath of fresh air filled my lungs.

It did take me a while to recover, with the bitterness I felt and all, but once I did: I felt free from the heaviness that held me back.

I questioned “Okay, if all of that wasn’t working for me, what will?”

I started doing the exact opposite of what I was being told.

And, not everything needed to be the exact opposite, but the point is that I allowed myself to FIND what worked for ME.

And that’s where you may want to start as well.

So, where do you want to be?

Let’s say you scrapped everything you’ve been taught about how “business is supposed to look” right now.

And you were just leading with your energy and where you DESIRE to be.

What platform would you choose to be on?

Do you prefer short quips and dropping words of wisdom quickly? Twitter or platforms similar to Twitter may be for you!

Do you like community and being able to chat with other people, be in the support groups, and just give advice (with detachment of course!)? You may enjoy platforms like Facebook groups, Reddit, or other places you can gather virtually.

Do you like writing longer posts and really getting crafty with your words? Blog sites like WordPress, Medium, and similar sites would be great.

There’s a whole long list of other choices too, but you get the point.

And while we’re on the topic…

When you start scraping everything you’ve learned, you may notice that the niche you chose in the first place just isn’t what you want to do.

Some more great news: You can pivot and change it.

Most people don’t allow themselves the freedom to change their minds.

But why would you rather be stuck in something that you hate JUST to say you “haven’t changed your mind”?

What’s wrong with changing your mind?

Absolutely NOTHING is wrong with changing.

In fact, people who haven’t changed in months (or even years, yikes!), are the exact people who are stuck and stagnant.

Now, I’m not saying that you have to change your niche every few months or years, I’m saying that change bring evolution. No matter what area of life it is in. And you have the 100% choice to change whatever you want, whenever you want.

And ANYONE who tells you differently is just upset because they want to change too, but they don’t have the courage to do so yet. So they’d rather shame you than make the change themselves.

The Bottom Line

YOU decide where to be in life. YOU have the power to change your situation. And only YOU can figure out what’s in alignment with your energy.

Starting with your business platform if you want. But you could start anywhere else in your life if that feels right.

So, where do YOU want to be? And what do you feel YOU need to change to live a better, more aligned, life for yourself?

Have fun!

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When You Find Out You’re a Projector in Human Design…

When I found out I was a Projector, I was honestly surprised.

“No motor centers? No energy??” were some of my first thoughts followed by a recollection of working 80 hour weeks as a manager, and the straight year or so of working 2 full-time jobs while also in college full-time.

But yes, it was true.

I was a Projector.

And it felt like a death sentence.

“I can’t do anything? I can’t start anything? Wtf??”

I had no idea what to do, where to begin, or how to even process the information I had just found.

All I knew was that my life was about to change, and I had absolutely no idea what the other side of that change was going to look like.

Sound familiar?

It seems like this experience is some sort of Projector right of passage.

Every Projector I know has had such an un-Projector-like past. But, in a world made for Generators, why am I even surprised?

There’s more than a few things I want you, fellow Projector, to know as you embark on this journey.

1. You’re not alone.

It may seem like we’re all swimming in a pool filled with Generators and Manifesting Generators, but there’s more of us around than you’d think.

For instance, my partner is a Projector. My friends are mainly Mani-Gens, and I have a Manifestor Brother, but I know a good handful of Projectors now that I’m in the Human Design world. And I now know more Projectors than any other type.

When we find out we’re Projectors, it’s like our energy finally takes a breath of fresh air and relaxes, whether willingly or unwillingly to do so consciously. But at this moment, our lighthouse light turns on. And other Projectors seem to find us.

And suddenly, we feel like we’re not alone anymore. Because, truly, we aren’t alone.

2. Please, take a breath. Take a few… or more, even.

The life you’ve been conditioned and groomed for up until now has likely been harsh to your energetic field. Your body, your mind, maybe everything is just… tired. Exhausted.

You know the feeling when you get home from work on a Friday night and finally get to sit on the couch, knowing you don’t have to do anything again until Monday? That’s the feeling.

The relief. The relaxation. The rest.

(Perhaps mostly the relief.)

And maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve actually rested. I know it was a loooong time for me. I honestly don’t think I ever truly rested until figuring out I was a Projector. And if you’re like me, you’re in for a lovely awakening because rest is LIFE.

And it’s quite peaceful.

3. Rest, rest, and rest some more.

Burnout is very real.

Not only is burnout hurtful to mental health, but as Projectors, it takes a particularly hard toll on our bodies — because we’ve been trying to force ourselves to be something we’re not.

So, what are the moments that make you feel peaceful? What truly brings you joy without needing to “do” anything?

Maybe it’s painting. Maybe it’s sitting by the water. Maybe it’s playing music. Or maybe it’s simply just sitting and enjoying a cup of (decaf) coffee.

Whatever it is, do it. Do more of it.

Recharge your energy. Release the energy and adrenaline and stress and anxiety that isn’t yours to hang onto.

Literally, you can help your body do this by relaxing your eyebrows, your jaw, relax your cheeks, your shoulders, relax your stomach, your legs, your feet, and relax your hands.

How does that feel in your body? Probably relieving.

Release. Relax. Rest.

4. You are Brilliant. Wise. And needed.

Now that I think we’ve covered, and emphasized, the importance of rest, let’s talk about the blessing it is to be a Projector. 

Don’t scoff yet. I’m serious.

It took me over a year to start seeing why being a Projector is a blessing, but I’ll help you start seeing it today.

People need you.

People. Need. YOU.

You see them more deeply than you could ever explain in words.

Whether you see what they’re thinking, what they’re afraid of, what excites them, who they are, what mood they’re in, how they feel about themselves, or what pressures they’re dealing with — you truly SEE them.

With this gift, you can help others navigate their lives more smoothly.

Efficiency is the name and life is the game.

You can take one look at someone who’s working on a project and instantly be able to tell where it can be improved, use less energy, or overcome the roadblocks or challenges.

And that’s just one of the many, many gifts you have as a Projector.

5. You’ve been given the gift of time and joy.

Projectors need to wait for the invitation. But what the heck do we do while we wait??

Play. Explore. Experiment. Learn. Study. Have fun. Dive deep into your passions and interests.

What’s the thing that you constantly think about or talk about?

What’s the thing you nerd-out about?

Master it. Play in it. Enjoy it.

The biggest blessing you have is that people will automatically come to you when they’re ready to invite you. Meaning, you don’t have to go around convincing 1000 people to invite you, see you, hear you, or appreciate you.

That’s not an efficient use of your energy. You’re not here to convince people that you’re worth it.

All these things are automatically magnetized to you when you’re in your zone of genius.

You can spend time just being you. You can spend time just learning and studying what you enjoy.

You have been given the blessing of time.

You have the time. Use it well.

Final Thoughts

I’m not going to say it’ll be all sunshine and rainbows.

Deconditioning is going to happen the more you are aware of your conditioning, and it can be a lowkey version of hell. Kind of like the dark night of the soul, but the Projector-version.

But it’s so worth it. And depending on your life previous to finding out that you’re a Projector, the process will vary widely. It could be easier, or it could be more difficult, it just depends on who you were conditioned to be and how deep that conditioning runs.

But again, it’s so worth it.

You’re a Projector. There’s so much depth and brilliance that you have.

I like to think of every Projector as a gemstone. No matter what kind, where it came from, what it’s been through, or how long it’s been conserved in the Earth, at some point the gemstone will be seen by others.

Don’t be discouraged for needing to extract the gemstone from the Earth it has laid in. It went through the rough, the molding, and the growing — and now that you’ve found Human Design, it’s ready to come out and see the light as the beautiful gemstone it really is.

This is your beginning.

You are getting ready to be seen, finally, for who you truly are.

Are you ready?

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The #1 Thing That Brings Success to Projectors in Business

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a one-time fix-all solution?

Unfortunately, since we live in a place called the 3D world, that just doesn’t exist… yet. (I’m not going to stop anyone from trying, by all means, invent away!)

But even though there isn’t some magic pill that fixes everything, there are clues to what fixes things. And the best ones I’ve found, are the clues that help me run my business successfully, without burning out, as a Projector.

If you’re not yet familiar with Human Design, you may want to grab this practical info packet below and start diving in first. But for those of you already acquainted, let’s look at this.

The basis

First, before we even talk about any rituals or practices that work, let’s just get a basis of what my business success looks like and feels like.

I run my business on, mainly, 3 different platforms. These are my own blog website, Youtube, and my Podcast. These are the 3 areas I focus on every day. Past that, I do have Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter. But I hardly use those ones other than when I feel like it or when I cross-post other things (which again, is minimal).

So, 3 platforms.

Every week, it’s my intention to upload on a certain schedule for consistency. This consistency helps me stay on track as well as helps me to understand my real growth. And it definitely doesn’t hurt the algorithm.

In short: I support my energy the way it needs to be supported, I plan ahead to be consistent, and I only work when I feel the inspiration to. These things help me be a better writer, business owner, and person overall.

My 3 Ritual Must-Haves

If you’re not someone who has routines in their HD chart (here’s a podcast episode to know whether you do or not), don’t be too strict with the things I’m about to share. But for me, routines are the structures that give me more freedom. When I have routines, my brain is freed up to think about other things.

Here are the 3 I live and breathe by:

1. Stretch, coffee, sit down to work.

These are the first three things I do every single day (besides hitting the restroom, of course). But this is a routine that I truly enjoy.

When I consistently show up to this routine, I’ve already done some mindfulness through stretching and I prepare myself to get work done.

It’s not forced and I don’t have a to-do list every day. Because for the most part, I’ve minimized my tasks to the ones that actually matter. The ones that get the most progress. That’s efficiency – and it’s a small spike of dopamine to my brain.

I enjoy my work, so I set myself up to enjoy it. And every day without fail, I get done what I need to do.

But since I enjoy my work so much, and since I’m a 4 profile (4’s are prone to burnout), I have to do the opposite as well…

2. I stop myself from working at a certain time and set limits around when I can work again.

I do what I can, but never more than I have to.

I’ve frequently found myself in the past, (before I built this schedule), working long hours without knowing when to stop (open sacral not-self). And I used to barely get any sleep, feel drained, and the quality of my work suffered as well.

But after recognizing that pattern, I set this schedule in place and held myself to it. And now, I can confidently say that I do what I can, but never more than I have to. I’m mindfully aware of when enough is enough, and sometimes I go past it, but I always just bring myself back into alignment.

3. I followed my flow of energy to set this schedule up.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I knew how to do this right away – I didn’t. I had to be aware of my own energy, notice when I had spikes in energy and lulls in energy, and I had to watch it for a good amount of time before I could call it a pattern.

But this is why I work so well in my environment now. I noticed that I wanted to work in the morning right after I woke up – so that’s what I do. I noticed that I don’t really want to work any longer than 2 to 3 hours – so that’s what I do. I noticed that I liked having coffee next to me while I work (regardless of if I drink any or not) – so that’s what I do.

This schedule gives me the structure that my energy enjoys, with the freedom to flow where I need to. And it works for me.

So what’s the #1 thing?

After all of that, after figuring out what way I work best, how I can best support my natural energy, the places I need to keep an eye on, and what upload schedule I like best… What’s the #1 thing that brings success to Projectors in business?

Consistency.

Regardless of if you want that consistency to be daily, weekly, or monthly, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re able to show up in some capacity and be findable, consistently.

It may take some time to figure out where you want to be, what niche you want to be in, what aspects of your genius you want to share, or what clients you want to have, but when you do, focus on being consistent with it.

Our brains love patterns. Our brains are always looking for ways to be more efficient, more effective, and find things that are similar. And it’ll be much, much easier for your people to find you if you’re consistent with it.

So find what structure of your business you want to have, what upload schedule feels good to you, and what rituals or routines can support you in keeping to it.

So, what about if you’re not able to use your energy consistently? What if it feels better to be inconsistent?

Check out this post here, because there’s something I haven’t yet said but that needs to be addressed: I’m consistently inconsistent. But it looks like consistency from the outside perspective!