June 14, 2010

An Important Play Date

If there's one thing I've learned from running my own business is that in order for your life to work while you're building your empire, you must schedule regular play dates with yourself and others.  A lot of entrepreneurs, myself included, have a tendency to be delegation-averse, fearing that no one can do what you do as well as you do it.  That's just fine but it's the surefire, fastest way to a full fledged burnout.  I've been there, I've done that.

Taking time out and time off for rejuvenation just makes sense.  Think about it - you must feed your body when it's hungry or eventually it will stop working for you.  You must feed your soul too or it will betray you with a full arsenal of negative thoughts and emotions and act as Kryptonite to rob you of your super powers.  Don't attempt to fool yourself into thinking that you are immune.  You may feel like you can handle any combination of life's random onslaughts now because you've told yourself that you must be resilient and roll with every punch but over time, your mind and body will speak and what they have to say may render you speechless or worse.

This year, since I'm so very fortunate to have work to do for my business, I'm unable to take a traditional vacation.  Last year, I was able to take an entire month to replenish my creative juices, so to speak.  But since I know the value of a soothed mind and a tranquil spirit, I've declared all Summer weekends big, happy play dates.  My significant other and I just had an incredible one where we unabashedly acted like the kids at heart that we are.  We did big things, little things, silly things, thought provoking things.  We screamed and yelled, danced, held hands and sat very still.  And for it all, we know we are much better people for ourselves and others.

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