“Give Me a Break!” – Why You Need to Give Yourself Permission to Slow Down

Have you ever felt the overwhelming desire to take a break from your life? Does it seem like life is so busy with family and work obligations that you never have time for yourself? Are you so busy working IN your business that you never get time to work ON it? Are you someone who has heard “all this” before, but you still haven’t given yourself permission to slow down long enough to make the progress you desire?

If you’ve answered YES to any of these questions, hold on to your jingle bells because TODAY you have the opportunity to change that!

The holidays are approaching and, for many, it provides the time for reflection. As busy as the holidays can be, with some effort on your part, you can carve out a few hours or a day for some alone time as you relax, rejuvenate, and rewire yourself so you can move into 2014 with a renewed vision of success and a determination to make this your most fulfilling year ever – in all aspects of your life.

Click here to get your list of the top questions to ask yourself to prepare for an outstanding 2014.

Why is it important to take a break? It may not be obvious if, like me, you have been driven to “make things happen” and you’ve been doing it for years. Chances are, since you are a business owner and reading this blog, you are a woman who gets things done but who is also interested in learning new ways to do things. You may actually take courses and attend webinars but you have failed to implement those great ideas you’ve been taught, and simply returned to life on the treadmill wondering when you are ever going to get a break. Well… how about right now?

Yes, you deserve a break today and so does everyone around you! What I mean is that they deserve a break from you. They deserve to have a leader, partner, mother, friend who is refreshed and fun to be around at the same time she is weaving her magic in her chosen vocation.

That’s right. Did you know that it is your job to enjoy what you do and bring your talents and wisdom out into the world as the contribution you are meant to be? Life is not meant to be a struggle and, if that is what you are experiencing on a regular basis, you are definitely in need of a break and the people around you know it!

Here are a few tips to get the most out of your break:

Start small. If taking a whole day off is too scary to think about, how about setting aside a part of each day – even if it’s just 20 minutes – to reflect on your day and set your intention for tomorrow. This small step will make you more focused and productive, and bring more joy into your life.

Guard your time. Being effective is about managing your time well and this requires a ruthless eye. Take out your calendar for the next month and block out time for yourself, in advance, and then set other appointments around it. Making your own well-being a priority will yield dividends in the long-term as you experience improved health, less stress, and greater self-esteem.

Write it out. One of the best things to do with your “down-time” is to start capturing your thoughts. I encourage all my clients to journal daily. You can begin by recording all your blessings each night before you go to bed. Instead of reviewing what didn’t get done and what needs to get done tomorrow, focus instead on gratitude and go to sleep with a smile on your face.

Live by your values. I know from personal experience that the way to bring more joy into your life is to ensure your life reflects what you most value. Ask yourself if you are setting that standard in your life. Review the questions here and commit to making adjustments where necessary to put “first things first” as Stephen Covey would say. For example, if “family” is your highest value, make sure you have time blocked out for family dinners, game night, vacations, and Saturdays in the park.

Following these few suggestions can help you see the benefit in taking time out to examine the life you are leading. You cannot change for the better that which you do not first understand well. Self-inquiry is the first step to self-development and it is best done in silence.

Give yourself this gift today. Start with reviewing the 7 Steps to Create a Christmas that Excites You. This is a F.R.E.E. download that I’ve created especially for busy women like you. You deserve to experience the best holiday ever! Please accept this gift from me to you and let me know how you enjoyed your break.

If you believe that it’s time for an Extreme Make-Over in your life, and you want the company of an accountability partner and cheerleader to hold your hand while you jump of the cliff, my coaching programs may be exactly what you need.

outdoor-headshot_July2012Lisa L. Payne, BBA, MER, CPC is President of Connections for Success Inc. To her corporate clients, she offers executive coaching, motivational addresses, and a new interactive workshop called “Engage and Excite Your Team through Change: 7 Steps to Create a Culture of Empowerment.” She is also the author of “What If They Knew? Secrets of an Impressive Woman.” Check out her website http://LisaLPayne.com for coaching programs and corporate workshops, or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, or YouTube.

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