There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither. — Alan Cohen
The holiday season can become overwhelming: parties, family in town, friends to catch up with and to top it off, the work never stops. Leaders want to do it all. We want to believe that we can go one step further, do one more speech or attend one more meeting, but I urge you to make time to rest, relax and re-energize with loved ones this December.
Successful leaders intentionally decide to detach themselves from their work to recharge their souls. This may look different for every leader. For example, I am somebody who masters a new skill for fun and then puts it away. When I wanted to learn about fly fishing, I got pretty good at it for a while and then I moved on to something else. Other things that help me relax on a daily basis may be as simple as writing, prayer, reading novels, enjoying a cup of coffee on the back deck, spending time with my wife or occasionally watching a holiday movie to ignite my inner cheer.As leaders, sometimes we have to let ourselves disconnect completely and not feel guilty about it. Click To Tweet
This may look different for you; you may choose to hit the gym or travel. No matter what it is, take a moment to step away this holiday season. As leaders, sometimes we have to let ourselves disconnect completely and not feel guilty about it, so that we can return to our work with renewed energy and focus, giving ourselves the best chance to make great decisions and ideas happen. My wish for you this holiday season is that you reconnect with your soul, your leadership and those you love and who love you.
Question: As a leader, what do you do to ensure a little R&R in your life? What helps you recharge your batteries during the holiday season?