When was the last time you just switched off? I mean really switched off? No television, no email, no Facebook, no cell phone? Can you even imagine it?
I suspect you might not remember when it happened last. If you’re saying, “Hey I do that often,” all I can say is, “Well done!”
This week I totally switched off for 4 days.
After travelling for a few hours, we arrived at the campsite, scoped it out and found a really nice shaded area, under an expanse of branches and beside the stream. We unloaded the car, pitched the tent and made ourselves at home.
The kid’s went off to paddle in the stream and explore the area, we started the barbeque and began to plan the next few days.
That evening I lay on a mattress under the stars.
I realized that it was the first time in ages that I was completely switched off! I have to admit it felt really strange for the first day or so.
It was that feeling where you keep thinking you’ve forgotten something and then you realize that there really is nothing to do other than enjoy the moment.
By day 2, it was completely blissful!
You see, one of the costs of the passion that entrepreneurial coaches have for their business is the kind of obsession that can take over your life.
You start to think about ‘work’ all the time. No because you have to answer to a boss or make some kind of performance measurement but because you love what you do and you wish in your heart and soul for it to succeed.
This can take over, and leave no space for the other parts of life; your relationships, your other interests, your taking care of yourself.
Driving home on day 4 I realized that I had succeeded in completely switching off. I had left my laptop at home, the mobile phone stayed in the car most of the trip and so I had no contact with the outside world.
I had managed to not think about my business or talk about it during the whole trip.
It was a blast! So refreshing and as I headed home and started to think about the next few months and what lies ahead, I realized that I had a ton of energy and excitement, I was ready to roll!
When was the last time you took the time to really switch off?
It’s so important to just let it all go, even for a few days, to recharge, spend quality time with family or friends and just be present in the moment.
No planning, no strategy, no reflection; just being in the here and now, to drink a glass of wine or take a walk in nature; to lie on a mattress under the stars with your kids and tell them stories of your childhood!
And the amazing thing is, when you completely switch off, you don’t miss anything! Nothing changes when you come back, you haven’t missed any opportunities, you haven’t lost any business deals!
Like the hero’s journey, you come home to find it different but realize that ‘home’ has not changed, you have.
After switching off, maybe you will change like the hero. Be a little less work obsessed, a little less connected to the ‘virtual’ world, a little more free to enjoy the taste of the coffee you are drinking and notice the shadows creeping through the garden as the sun goes down!
When was the last time you took the time to really switch off?© Copyright 2011 Lisa Bloom