“Burning the midnight oil”, “Burning the candle at both ends”- what is the key word here? Burn. In this fast paced life where we have to multi-task to the n-th degree we find ourselves under stress to have to “do it all”. Sometimes though, we need to be strong and have the courage to take a step back and breathe. Just be.
Being the best you can be needs that. How can you be at the top of your game if you are burnt out? You’re not. If you are a small business owner, manager or employee- the entire work force suffers. You lack focus, energy. You’re not happy. Leading with a happy heart shows- it’s infectious. So is negativity. You need to make sure you are projecting a positive energy in what you set out to do.
Good leaders know when to say no. Pulling back, taking your time or even *gasp* take a vacation does not mean you are not committed. Your brain and body need a rest. I know it can be challenging and you maybe thinking you are letting people down. The only person you are letting down is you.
I personally have had a lot on my plate with my job and kids. The months of May and June have always been of a blur of birthdays, hockey privates, horse shows and dueling baseball games. Throw in book promotion and breaking news on the weekends and let’s just say it can get a little crazy 🙂 So do I dwell on the negative and stew? No. I prioritize and get it done and yes if that means taking a break for a certain amount of time to recharge myself I will.
You are never too busy to step away for a brisk walk or decompress by going outside and taking a deep breath and looking at the clouds. As I quote from one of my favorite movies, “Ferris Bueller”
” Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Funny how that rings true. Good leaders are complete. They are more than just work. They are multi-dimensional. Experiences outside of your workplace helps define who you are. Get to know yourself again. Take the time and just “be”.