It’s not easy for purpose-consumed entrepreneurs to take a break. I don’t mean physically, I mean psychologically. We’re so emotionally attached to our calling, so invested in our business, that this idea of “switching off” completely is, at least in my experience, unrealistic.
It’s a matter of degree. I know some business owners who don’t know how to take a break from the day-to-day “nitty gritty”. The body’s shipped to a new destination but the mind’s still at the office. Within hours of landing the laptop’s out and the phone’s at the ear.
That’s an unhealthy state of affairs at home, let alone when “vacating”. Very little, if any, strategic thinking gets done by the business owner immersed in the “nitty-gritty”, which is probably why so many business owners operate this way.
It’s easily done. It’s easy to be convinced and to convince others, that the business will collapse, or be growth retarded, without you in it.
Rarely is that so.
On the contrary, the opposite is true. The growth of a business is horribly constrained by an owner not willing to down tools and get some “head space”. Everything is determined by the quality of your thinking.
Your business. Your income. Your health. Your relationships. Your quality of life.
My recent vacation reminded me of just how critical it is for a business owner to get away from the usual day-to-day operation.
It reminded me of how losing yourself in other pursuits, being fully present with those you love, creating memorable moments, watching a sunset or sunrise and just “being”, renews the mind – bringing new perspective and creativity, so when the mind returns to matters of business, it does so at a higher, or at least refreshed, level of functioning.
Funny how we’re wired to avoid the things we need most.
And funny how skilled we are in convincing ourselves that the last thing we can afford to do is the very thing we can’t afford not to do.
I spent a lot of time during my break thinking about my business, my future, my vision and the purpose of it all. I found it invigorating to think into my “why” once again with fresh perspective. I’m not the man who thought into these things the last time. I’m not at the same level of awareness as I was.
But these things won’t evolve with me unless they’re given the headspace they deserve.
In a previous message I wrote the following;
“Freedom isn’t some distant utopia.
It’s not some endgame or destination.
Freedom is a state. A choice. A today-play”.
Freedom and the “today-play”, are such important messages to grasp.
Enjoy your day.
Christian Simpson is the UK’s leading coach and mentor to business owners and entrepreneurs. For COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS to tried, tested and proven entrepreneurial success strategies, click here