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Avoiding Burnout: The Importance of Downtime

The Importance of Taking Breaks to Avoid Burnout!
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Hey, guys.

Recently I’ve started feeling the initial signs of burnout.

You know when you’re sitting at your desk with every intention of getting a significant amount of work done, ONLY to barely get through anything after a few hours?

Yeah, all this grinding during COVID had been catching up to me.

Sales can be a grind, obviously.

And what can be a grind, can wear us down over time if we don’t take care of ourselves.

Over time, our work might not be as sharp and we might just feel overall fatigued.

In these situations, it’s incredibly important to take a step back and unplug.

There’s this concept called a “personal summit.”

You might have heard how Bill Gates will take a week or more out of a year and go somewhere by himself just so he can think deeply and read.

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He uses this time to reflect, unplug, and think deeply and strategically about his life and affairs.

Taking that same concept, I took myself to Half-moon Bay this weekend.

It’s a little beach city here up in Northern California.

I wish I could say I spent tons of time thinking deeply and strategizing, but the truth is that I was SO burnt out I just slept and rested for the most part.

I did do some planning and goal setting, and also took myself to the beach and to enjoy some nice restaurants.

Even though it was just for a weekend, it was pretty much exactly what I needed at that time.

It really had a profound effect on my being.

On the ride back home on Sunday, I felt sooo much more rejuvenated than before.

The reason why this is important is because I truly learned something about myself that weekend.

I got a golden lesson in managing myself.

I realized that I tend to really hit the gas, and add intensity.

But that same approach without downtime were the same reasons that caused me to burn out on certain projects in the past.

Now…

Instead of just dragging on and on until I could really take it no more…

…I realized how impactful and important it can be to just schedule downtime.

To actually schedule vacation time. (Geez, what a concept huh?)

I previously wouldn’t do so, because I thought I was being “smart” by saving a couple of hundred bucks, and I was “maximizing” my time.

But the truth is this:

If I forgo the weekend personal summits, and just keep pushing…

Although I might be saving $300 for the hotel, what is it costing me in turns of productivity if I’m just burned out and performing at 30% capacity for the next six months?

That could be potentially an opportunity cost of somewhere in the 6 figures!!

When you look at it that way, you can see how clear of a benefit scheduled planned vacations and downtime for oneself can be.

This was truly a lesson in “knowing myself,” and managing myself better.

This sounds almost like common sense.

But when you’re the captain of your own ship, it can be hard to see yourself clearly sometimes.

It’s usually easier to see something on someone else than see it in ourselves.

I’ve noticed that when trying to reach for the next level, there will often be new challenges that we will have to find the answers to.

These new challenges will test us and are meant to stretch us to become the type of person who is capable of achieving those goals.

In a lot of ways, I feel like life is a lot like a video game.

And in this recent experience, I just unlocked the knowledge that sometimes throughout this journey…

…it’s IMPORTANT that I schedule downtimes—and connect with the vision of why I am doing everything I’m doing.

And along your journey of becoming whoever it is that you’re meant to become, you’ll brush up against your own challenges and learn things about yourself as well.

There’s another lesson in this experience as well.

I finally decided to take the weekend for myself when my friend, a successful entrepreneur, told me to take a personal summit and get out of town.

The thing is, I had felt a hunch or nudge from my subconscious to do something like that weeks ago when I started feeling the initial symptoms of burnout.

It reminded me to trust my instincts—and that I already know the right answer when the moment presents itself.

Your subconscious mind is more powerful than you think.

We might have heard how it’s the subconscious mind that regulates our body’s organs and unconscious processes…

Well, your subconscious mind also speaks to you through your body, and it processes way more information than your conscious mind ever could.

So at the end of the day, this whole experience just reminded me to trust my instincts—that my subconscious mind knows what it’s doing.

…and it’s guiding me in the right direction.

On a side note:

I remember watching a video of an entrepreneur and internet marketer, Tai Lopez.

In this video, Tai was taking his team with him out to Palm Springs from LA.

He said that it’s important for people to switch up the scenery from time to time, because there are so many benefits to doing so.

I know for me when things start to feel stuck, changing up the environment can also bring a breath of fresh creativity.

This brings me to my last point:

In spiritual mythology, there were 4 typical human archetypes:

  • The Warrior
  • The Magician
  • The Lover
  • The King

And each archetype had it’s own powers and strengths.

When I’m in full grind mode, as we salespeople often get into – I like to think of this as “the warrior.”

But when I take a step back and go on a personal summit, and in the process rejuvenate myself and my creativity…

What I’m then doing there is rejuvenating my magician.

You see, the magician may have solutions that the warrior can NOT see, and vice versa.

In this journey to become who we are meant to be, it’s important to be able to tap into all of our resources—because different situations will ultimately dictate which resources we need.

Anyways…

The point has been made.

It’s incredibly important to know yourself and how you perform.

It might be very helpful to schedule allotted downtime to recharge and reflect.

Taking time for this just might be the difference you need to take your game to the next level!

Cheers,

Tommy

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