Disconnect to Connect Fully
One of the most important concepts of a successful business and thought leader is the ability to protect yourself. You must protect yourself from all kinds of things that are thrown at you moment by moment on any given day. These things can show up in the form of distraction, work ethic, desire, and how well you take care of your own physical body.
I’m writing this for you today from the Hyatt Zilara in Cancun, Mexico, therefore this will be a bit of a shorter blog than usual.
Because I’m here to disconnect in order to better connect with myself, The Lovely Christy, our clients, and business efforts. It’s not the first time I’ve talked to you about true Free Time, and it most certainly won’t be the last as I see so many business leaders that are completely out of balance when it comes to how connected they are to technology, devices, social sites, etc., etc.
A true Free Day as defined by my friend and mentor Dan Sullivan is quantified as a 24 hour period from midnight to midnight in which you don’t talk about business…at ALL! In fact, you don’t read about business, check emails, or answer phone calls regarding business. This concept, of course, is like speaking a foreign language for most entrepreneurs and business leaders.
You must protect your mindset in order to have clarity and space in your head to allow all of your creativity and great ideas to manifest themselves. This creativity and problem solving doesn’t happen after 80 hour weeks and going through three iPhone charges per day because you’re “so connected”. Sure you’re important, but don’t let your ego trick you into believing the world won’t go on without YOU engaged every minute of every day.
I’m not going to tell you how much true free time you should take as that is completely a personal choice and varies by individual, family, and schedule. However, as your coach, it is my responsibility to help you see how important it is for you to disconnect in order to reconnect. Sure it takes some planning and a tremendous amount of discipline but don’t ever question how powerful this exercise can and will be once implemented periodically.
Sometimes you need to leave the country like I did this week, and sometimes you just need to take a Sunday and practice being your best self. You can’t run all day long without taking a break or your body will give up. You can’t start your Tesla if it hasn’t had time to charge the battery.
A great way I’ve heard the importance of this communicated is by comparing yourself to an incredible race horse. What if you owned a thoroughbred horse you anticipated wining the Triple Crown? Would you run it all day long, drug it up on caffeine and alcohol, not let it sleep and then expect great results?
I think we both know the answer to that question. Time to go, John Grisham’s latest book is calling me to start the next chapter…and it’s not about business!
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