1. Change your view, change your business
There’s just something about getting into a different place whether it’s a nearby city or a tropical destination. You start to see things in a new way and break out of the rut that can be our routines.
I can’t tell you how often I was jotting down ideas on the beach or all about the night I stayed up until 6 to watch the sunrise. Break out of your daily habits and experience a new view on life.
2. You are your best investment
The most important asset in your business is you. You’re the creative driver, the fount of knowledge, the passion and the purpose and I hope the marketer, leader and best sales (wo)man. So it only makes sense to take care of yourself so you can work at peak performance.
I’m not going to bombard you with some b.s. about only having the best – let’s try to be realistic here. But you can choose good and healthy foods, to put down your laptop and rest, to enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise or early morning jog.
However you take care of yourself, do it intentionally with your long term health and happiness in mind.
3. Unschedule yourself
I’m a big fan of having a schedule when I’m working; otherwise it’s just hours of reading blogs and wasted time. BUT on vacation? No schedule. I’ve found that approaching time off as if I need to squeeze something into every minute makes it too much like work. Relax and be flexible in your plans instead of pushing yourself to some arbitrary deadline. If I had kept to my initial plans I would have missed this moment:
Then, implement that lesson in your post-vacay life as well 😉
4. Trust and let go of the outcome
While Tressa and I definitely put in the hours before I left (and didn’t she do a great job while I was away?), there was still a point of letting go. While my hotel had wifi, I made it a point to NOT login to email for 10 days. Was it hard? Yep. Was it worth it? Absolutely!
It’s nerve-wracking to take off the training wheels and trust the process but the outcome is worth it. Things didn’t go perfectly (not even when I’m at home!) but all that taught us was what needed more work. But since 95% of the business ran smoothly I call the vacation experiment a success!
5. If you’re not building freedom, why not?
I don’t mean to imply that if you don’t go to Mexico and lay on the beach, you’re not spending your time wisely. But if you’re not doing the things that ensure you can take time to do what YOU love to do, then what are you working towards?
The worker drone is the model of corporate – just work and work for 40 years, take some time off but then get right back to work… that’s not what we signed up for! It does take time but if you haven’t had a REAL vacation in years and you’re no closer tomorrow, then you’re stuck in the hamster wheel of work.
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