I am writing this post as I sit on a plane returning from Cabo San Lucas Mexico. I make it a priority to schedule times of rest and rejuvenation as I believe this to be integral to your level of success. God considered it worthwhile to rest on the seventh day, so I believe we should too!
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
While the benefits of such rest and relaxation are unseen in many ways, I believe there are some very tangible reasons to make times of rest a priority.
1. Clears your mind. We live in a busy, fast-paced world with a society that rarely takes time to stop and think. When we prioritize times of resting we put ourselves in an environment that takes us away from the constant distractions. When you do not have the ability to check your email every 5 minutes your mind is free to think more clearly and you find yourself thinking forward instead of reacting to every immediate distraction.
2. Gives you space to dream. When you clear your mind, you can dream. This is also called visionary time. Visionary times are vital in business and in life. When we allow ourselves to dream and catch vision in our businesses, relationships or family we can set new goals and direct new courses.
3. Gives you the perspective to reassess what is important. It never fails! I cannot think of a single instance when my priorities were not redirected after a time of rest. Let’s face it; life has a way of taking us off course and rest has a way of showing us where our priorities are out of line.
4. Enhances your health. Rest is good for you mind and body! Stress leads to numerous health problems and is actually the number one cause of chronic illness. Stress even weakens your immune system leaving you more susceptible to both common illnesses and serious diseases. Scheduling time to rest will prolong and enrich your life!
5. It’s part of living rich. Times of rest and vacation are fun! Why work yourself to death just to make money that you will never enjoy? Too many people spend their whole lives laboring, imagining that they will enjoy time off when they reach a certain age or level of wealth. Waiting for retirement to rest and vacation is wasting the best years of your life. You are taking a gamble, not with money, but instead with your time and quality of life. No one knows if they will make it to retirement or if they will even have the money at retirement to enjoy vacations. That’s just too risky for me!
So when is your next time of rest? Maybe you are thinking you don’t have the time off or don’t have the money at this time. No problem! Rest doesn’t require going to a faraway place. It could be a weekend in the mountains, a camping trip, or even a “staycation”. The important thing is that you disconnect from the fast-paced world we live in. Turn off your phone, forget your computer and allow yourself to drift in to a state of rest!
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