I had the chance to hear Simon Sinek at a Leadership Summit last year. He’s smart, articulate and calmingly entertaining. This book makes you think about “why” we do/make/create anything and how those people and companies with strong “Why’s” do so much better than those without. Example after example of stories of companies that flourish with strong “why’s” like Apple and those that did not like Tevo. To be successful in your company, personal business and gain employee loyalty requires a strong “why”. People buy and follow because “why” you do what you do. Excellent book. Click picture for Amazon link.
We all need to relax at some point.
Americans take life at such an extremely fast pace. This isn’t truly realized until you visit another country and experience life in another culture. The pace slows down, the tension fades away and you finally ease in and relax. You might even whisper, “Life is so much slower here. No one is in a hurry.” For those control type A’s it may take a few days to completely relax. Unplug from your computer and phone, stop reaching for the social media, emails, and calendar that usually take up your time and life.
In our world, we have to meet deadlines, take care of our homes and family plus be leaders in our jobs. We have to schedule every hour of our day in Outlook. We are forced to schedule the time to read, work out, meditate, relax, or else we will never find time for it. The one thing we count on is the fast pace our minds have been able to keep up, make decisions and stay in the game. BUT let me warn you. There needs to be an extended time to relax and unplug at least once a year, if not more. I know, I know, most of us have not taken a REAL vacation in years.
As we watch our children grow up it will hit us in the face that we need to make more memories together.
You never think back on your year and reminisce about weeks of great meetings and stressful nights. You remember that trip with the kids over spring break. How you enjoyed watching your children laugh and experience new things. Before we know it life is going to slip by, we will be left regretting all those times we should have taken to experience what’s really important.
Hitting that deadline, being in the game and on top is always a thrill and we live for the win. However, if keep up this pace without making time for family and self-care, in the end, it will be for nothing. The only reason we are here is to make memories, it’s the only thing we will have to take with us.
Make the most of them.
Remember you are at your best when you practice self-care and take time to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. There have been studies that prove vacations lead to longer careers, more productive time spent at work and better attitudes in stressful situations. Take time daily to relax and meditate. The Miracle Morning – Rise and Shine – The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod is a great place to start. Then plan your next vacation. Save up for a week with your family. Most of us are NOT planners but start adulting and plan your next vacation NOW.
When you get home from relaxing, take a day to get ready for Monday, with renewed energy, brighter attitudes, and new ideas. Then think about your next adventure. Find a photo of it and put it on your vision broad. It will give you something to look forward to, a new goal to achieve and wonderful new memories to make.