This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.
The Roman poet, Ovid, was on to something really important for us modern business people when he said, “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”
That’s exactly what I’m choosing to do this week. Actually, I’m doing it all month, as I have every year for the past five years, because it’s time for my annual summer sabbatical. I basically go on “staycation” for four weeks, during which time I follow a few simple rules:
I believe there’s wisdom for us all in the Ovid quote (which is also the inspiration for my out of office message for the month). So I’m reprising these words in advance in order to fill the Weekly Tips hopper before I disappear.
I’m no less committed to excellence and mastery and “raising the bar” and all that when it comes to relationship-building—and I think you have to be if you want to be a no-kidding trusted advisor. In fact, I see my down time as an essential part of that commitment. We all need to take a rest now and then. For me, that means letting go of the striving and endeavoring to instead just focus on breathing and being. At least for a few weeks.
Professional athletes take plenty of time to rest and recover. Why shouldn’t we?