One of the things I often encounter in people out there is a reluctance to take downtime. We're so indoctrinated to believe that we have to be driving and achieving, that we often feel like it's slacking to take a break.
The reality of course is that if we don't take breaks, we get diminishing returns on the effort and energy we put into things. We're less effective. We're less creative. It takes more energy to do less.
...elite performers...the people who are playing their best game, not only professionally but also personally, are individuals who see peak performance as a cycle.
They will go through a period where they're playing their best game, they're giving their best, they're playing full out, and then they pull back and go into a period of what I call strategic refueling.
After their period of peak performance, they then go into renewal mode. After intense excellence the pull back, they refuel, they renew, they refresh, they recharge, and then they're ready for their next cycle of elite performance.
I love the idea of elevating that renewal part of the cycle to a strategic tactic. Because when you think of how important it is to staying at the top of our game, it really is a strategic decision.
So next time you feel yourself reluctant to take a break, ask yourself, "Is that a good strategy? Am I going to be able to get the most out of the resources I have if I don't give myself this time to refresh?"
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM