In The Art of Learning, chess champion Josh Waitzkin recalls childhood summers spent on the family boat, with long stretches of time during which he barely even thought about chess. Often, these stretches came before big tournaments, when his competitors were spending every waking moment perfecting their game. In the end, he performed better.
Have you ever taken a break from a sport or a hobby and found that when you returned, your game had stepped up a notch? This is how the human brain works. Rest is essential.
This month, introduce boundaries within your schedule. Consider this: If a friend told you she only checked her email on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, how would you react? Chances are, you wouldn’t think she was lazy. You’d admire her.
Do you find yourself living inside your head just a bit too much? Buddhists recommend making a habit of acknowledging when your mind is working overtime and up to no good. “That is the mind. That is not me.”
Stop. Listen to your body. Take a moment to care for it like a child. Do you need to rest? Drink some water? Eat something nutritious? Go for a walk? Maybe getting out of the house or lounging in a backyard hammock will give you a new perspective.
Or maybe, just remind yourself to rest mentally for a moment. Separate yourself from your thoughts.
Worry is not you. You are peace.
“It is not selfish to lose yourself, take care of yourself, and to make happiness a priority. It’s necessary.”
– Mandy Hale
TAKE IT TO HEART
Your clients and customers need some quiet time, too. Instead of shouting every offer on your home page, give them paced steps to discover what you offer. A greeting, followed by a story, followed by a solution.