25 Dec 2014

Hurry Up and Slow Down … A Day for Reflection

Any job can get old after a while when you’re working 60 hours a week and living at the office every weekend, and anyone who has lived that life can tell you that being worn out means you’re not doing your best work. The same is true for business owners and entrepreneurs. I’m publishing this blog post on Christmas Day because I want you to ask yourself, when was the last time you took a break? When was the last time you took a real break from the craziness, complexity and chaos? When did you do something fun and rejuvenating just for you? I’m willing to bet it has been a while.

Don’t you deserve an occasional day off where you can be free from the daily obligations, routines, challenges, headaches, worries, and tasks?  Absolutely!  Couldn’t you benefit from time away from your business to do something fun or relaxing to recharge your body, mind, and soul?  Without question!  Failing to get away from the business on occasion is a major mistake that will cost you and your company dearly.

Our Growth Coaches around the world regularly tell their clients to take time to get away from their businesses. Building a successful business is a marathon – not a sprint – and you have to take care of yourself if you want to survive the long haul and end the race with a smile on your face. Here’s the bottom line: if an entrepreneur builds a successful business and earns great wealth but it’s at the cost of their health, heart and happiness, then what’s the point?

The best way to fall back in love with your business and stay sharp is to build fun into your schedule. Open your calendar to Q1 of 2015. Pick a day within the next three months when you’re going to do something fun and write it onto your schedule. If you need to move the date around, that’s OK, but at the end of the quarter, hold yourself accountable for having that day of fun. Time away can help you relax your mind, refresh your spirit and come back with a new perspective and attitude. It’s a powerful tool and it will help you to be more successful.

Make a New Year’s Resolution this year to avoid getting caught in that vicious cycle of business and take breaks when you need them, even when you seem too busy. It will pay off in the long run!

Nathan Owens

President of The Growth Coach

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