Or, maybe you’ve lost your inspiration for the work you used to love, and you are wondering where or whether you’ll ever find it again.
And then it gets worse... you keep on working, trying to serve your people and deliver impactful work, but your work quality declines and your attitude turns negative. So you don’t feel proud of what you’re putting out there or even feel good about yourself.
And frankly, burnout is bad for business – you’re probably not offering the best service, nor having the greatest impact either... you’re out of your flow, and your clients and colleagues aren’t getting the best you. They’re getting a really tired and cranky you.
I feel sad as I write this, because I’ve been in that place, and it’s NO FUN.
There are many ways to approach and work with these issues, but I want to start with a foundational one that we rarely think of. One that is such a vital part of the natural cycle of every living being that to ignore it, in the way that we mission-driven business folks so often do, is actually unnatural and has a disastrous impact on our emotional, physical and spiritual health – and on our ability to have the impact we desire. And it is one that so many coaches and teachers leave out of the equation completely, instead, focusing on all the ways we can do, make, and produce more and better.
And, it’s the one thing that actually got me out of overwhelm, re-inspired, and creating work for myself that I actually love doing.
It is the necessity of REST... on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. And even an extended break – a sabbatical – every few years.
For when we pause, rest, and allow for unstructured time to exist, we create the conditions for inspiration, insight and wisdom – and in a way that is most aligned with our inner compass, or purpose. Rest brings us calm, spaciousness, a freedom from feeling pressed for time, and the opportunity to connect with ourselves. From this well, our ideas, motivation, and best work flow.
We live in a culture addicted to productivity, and things just keep moving faster and faster. It’s impossible to keep up (if you hadn’t noticed). When we go, go, go without stopping in the futile search for ever-increasing productivity, we can quickly get off course from our visions, intentions, and purpose. It’s simply the natural effect of speed.
But if we pause on a regular basis, we not only find new inspiration and energy, we can see where we’ve gotten off course and get back into alignment quickly. Why? Because it’s easy to chase what feels urgent in the day-to-day of our business and life activities, but it’s not always what’s most important or most aligned. If we don’t mindfully go back to our vision, strategy and goals again and again, we can end up with a business, and a life, that looks and feels nothing like the one we actually want to be in.
I strongly support learning how to be more productive when we work and bringing in new skills, strategies, and tools to build a successful life and business – in their right time. There are many stages to building a business, and I work with my clients on all of them.
But today let’s start here, in the ebb of the natural cycle where we rest, decompress, and renew.
With sincere desire for your peace and inspiration,
You can download my new e-book and self-study guide right here:
Why Rest is the Most Important Part of Your Business Plan (and how to do it)
Oh, and PS: if you’re worried rest will make you less productive... Sneak Preview – Resting is actually the best productivity technique out there. It’s amazing how much more you can do after you take a real break. I just returned from a vacation and churned out most of this guide in ONE DAY, after having it sit half-finished on my desktop for weeks. And, seven consultations with new potential clients were set up for me while I was gone. Magic ;-)