Would you like an excuse to take an extra vacation this summer? Here’s the truth of the matter:
You need to go on a personal retreat!
Yep, that’s right. One way to radically change your thoughts (which we know affect feelings, which in turn drive your actions, which then become results) is to give yourself a change of environment.
- Chances are you are hanging around people who are not positively supporting you right now.
- It’s a good bet that you are tired of “thinking about it,” whatever the issue is.
- Your routine of daily life currently is not supporting your moving ahead. In other words, you are stuck in a rut.
Here’s the five-step action plan for you:
- Go alone, you don’t want to have to serve anyone but yourself right now.
- Pack your briefcase with the materials you need to work on the stuck place.
- Take along at least one new book you’ve bought but have not read (it can be a business book or fiction, doesn’t matter.)
- Give yourself a minimum of three days (that means four nights away, no cheating and taking a half day at either end for travel).
- Set an intention to rest, recreate, and let your mind wander.
Now, go make a reservation someplace and get gone. If you are harboring negative and guilty thoughts, remind yourself that you are the shepherd of your business and your soul, and right now for whatever reason they both need attention. A friend of mine, Annie Wills, calls this “radical self care.” I call it a good reason for some extra time at my own favorite place, which is anywhere with an ocean view.
Say “recreate” with a slightly different emphasis and you’ll realize it is re-create. You need to re-create something in your work, and in yourself. That takes a little time out. No reason to feel guilty about that, is there?
Let me know where you go and what you got accomplished. Send a picture, even. I won’t be surprised at the positive changes, but you might be!