One of the biggest mistakes people make is not making the time to take a break, short or long, to refresh, renew or re-treat themselves. And that’s a critical mistake if you want to optimize your performance to live a life of ‘Oh, yeah!’
Putting aside something significant like going on a developmental retreat, people often don’t take a coffee or lunch break, working constantly with the delusion that they can actually get more done that way – when research shows that’s clearly not the case.
In this week’s vlog I explain why most people resist taking a break. There’s actually a chemical addiction likely in place, hooking you on the chemicals of stress.
Plus I’ll address the two most common justifications for not taking a break and explain why they don’t really hold water.
You take your car in for regular maintenance so you don’t have a catastrophic breakdown. How much self-maintenance do you do for yourself – or your company? Or do you wait until there’s a crisis to react and pump in loads of resources you can’t afford to get yourself going again?
For an organization, self-maintenance is about ongoing development and learning, and team development. The more you invest in this consistently, the more effective you’ll be in the long run.
On an individual basis, this means physical exercise, learning, mindfulness and leisure time through vacation and – God forbid! – fun. You actually are more efficient – and more successful – professionally if you do this, as you’ll discover in this week’s vlog.
What’s your moonshot – your dream, either for you personally or for your organization that fires you and drives you and engages you each and every day? Do you have one?
The real difference in having a clear, engaging purpose is the quality of life and work. Look at an average day. Everyone has bad days, but on a typical day, if you look back, do you get a sense of ‘Yeah!’ and accomplishment towards your dream, or do you just go ‘meh’ at so much busyness and wonder what you really accomplished?
What would all the people in your organization say in answer to that question? Do they come in fired up with a sense of ‘Yeah’ towards attaining their shared purpose, or with a disengaged ‘meh’?
In this vlog you’ll find out what the real costs of not having a clear purpose are – and what the alternative is that hides the lack of purpose. In a world of uncertainty, purpose is the compass that lets you chart your course forward.