Why you NEED to take a break

Think about your life. When was the last time you took a break from your business? And when you did, did you feel guilty about taking the time off?

Taking a break can often be seen as a waste of time, but I want to tell you why it’s so important that you do if you want your business to succeed. Its incredibly hard for entrepreneurs to switch off – we’re fixated on doing all we can to grow our businesses – so the mere thought of taking a break from work feels like wasted time, but it’s a mind-set that needs to change. Firstly, there are proven studies that link the ability to completely get away from your work with improved mental health. Secondly, the minute you can step away from your business without feeling guilty, you’ll be able to look at it from a more reenergised and inspired perspective. This means you can see everything that is and isn’t working, and have the motivation and focus to make the changes needed to take your business to the next level.

You need to stop feeling guilty about taking a break

But how do I know all of this? I know because when I was building my first business, I used to work from the crack of dawn till late at night, seven days a week. I worked so much, I left no time to reflect on my business, take a break, or see my family. Over the years, it had a big impact on my wellbeing, health, and relationships. But guess what happened when I stopped? Incredible things! I started being able to see what my business really needed to grow and I felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. So, what was the turning point? It actually took me ten years to realise just how essential taking a break from your business is, and it was all thanks to falling extremely ill. Working non-stop for years had left me burnt out, and as a result, I became so rundown I could barely move, let alone work. I was forced to take some time off and as stated above, it proved to be one of the best things that’s ever happened to me!

Taking a break allowed me to spend precious time with my family 

My break from my business helped me see exactly what’s needed in order for entrepreneurs to take a break without feeling guilty. It all comes down to:

  1. 25% preparation
  2. 25% action
  3. 50% mind-set

25% of what you need to do is prepare. If you’re going to take time off, then you need to put systems and people in place to cover your absence – this includes removing any daily tasks where possible. 25% needs to be action – just book the time off! This is the step that stops many entrepreneurs and leaders from having a break. You need to stop deliberating and just book your holiday. This links to the third – and biggest – step, which is all about mind-set. I truly believe 50% of what stops us from taking a break is down to how we think. If you want to take a guilt-free break, you need to re-wire your brain to focus on the positives instead of the negatives. Tell yourself that you deserve a break, that its important for your health, and that ultimately, believe that taking a break will provide you with a better perspective on your business to actually help it grow.

So, here’s my challenge to you: open your calendar right now, pick a random date three weeks from now, and book two days off. Think about the three steps above to make your break completely stress-free, and let me know if it works for you!

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