Business, Boundaries and Balance
by Carol Brown
Some religions do it once a year. Captains of industry do it less often and some business owners, even less. But the thing to remember is, that you can do it whenever you like.
For centuries, the practice of taking time out to do something different has been recognised as a sure-fire way of recharging your batteries, igniting your enthusiasm and solving problems. In business, it is sometimes called a sabbatical; others may call it going on retreat.
We can all benefit from this simple procedure. You don’t have to spend a week as a hermit, in a cave, on the top of a mountain. Just one day will release amazing benefits and the best part is that it doesn’t have to cost anything.
As many of you will know, I do this on a regular basis and many of my clients have also found they benefit from this simple change to their routine. When you put a little distance between yourself and your routine, challenges or issues, you get a chance to see them in a different light and from a different perspective. You may even create a few epiphanies for yourself as a result. These will come as flashes of intuition that can lead you to take the action needed to solve a problem.
If you look at something –say an apple – and hold it very close to your face so that it is touching your nose, you will see a very small part of it. Hold it at arm’s length and you will see the whole apple and its texture and colours. Look at it from the other end of the room and you won’t see the detail but you will see it in the perspective of its surroundings and in true proportion. It’s the same with issues or problems – you add distance and you see them from a new angle.
The summer is a great time to do this. Simply set a day in the diary right now; a day when you will take off to the countryside, the hills or the coast. Go by car, bike, train or on foot but go somewhere you haven’t been before and where you can get some space alone. Set off early and plan to be out all day, thinking of nothing, focusing on the ‘now’ experience.
My coaching clients are amazed at, when they find the resolve to do it, how easy it is. They are off the leash and, just by being in a different place, they find that their thoughts turn to solutions and answers rather than problems and challenges. You create in life what you think about most.
If you do the same thing, in the same way, you get the same results. Your one day summer retreat may be the one enjoyable change that you need to create those spectacular ‘miracle’ results that you know you deserve.
So make that date with yourself in your diary now. Look forward to it, keep it without guilt, enjoy it and return refreshed.