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Why You Should Take Vacation and How it Helps You Become More Successful

 

We all know that in today’s world you have to work twice as hard to get anywhere in your profession. We also know that money can be hard to come by. If you’re anything like me, you dread having to spend money on vacations. If you are married with kids, it can add up quick and it feels like a lot of work to keep everyone together and active. So then why do this?

Well the answer is simple and has many layers. First if you are with family, it is a great bonding experience and allows you to show your less serious side. That is probably obvious to you. Here is what may not be. When you spend all your time building a business or your career, it begins to become your identity. It permeates every fiber of your being. When you sit on your couch at night or whatever it is you do to relax, are you really relaxing?  The answer for most of us is no. You may think you are but your brain is still actively thinking about a problem or angle for your work. I used to think if it turned on the TV and watched a show or a movie I was taking a break. But I have since realized that I am always thinking about work. From the time I get home till the time I go to bed, I am thinking about work.

So why is that even in down time I can’t shut it down?  This brings us to another reason for vacation we at times need to step away from problems and solutions. The only way to effectively do this is to completely change our rhythms. When you are out on vacation all of the stimuli or sensory information is changed from what you hear and see to how you think. if you leave yourself open to the new experience, there is no way that you can continue to concentrate on the everyday work stuff. In essence you are forced to shut it down.

Some might say I don’t want to shut it down or I don’t have time to shut it down. This is where the more successful part comes in. When you plan your vacation you are setting a goal for yourself to achieve this gives you additional motivation to work a little harder and spend a little more time at the office. The vacation itself gives your mind an actual break from the everyday hustle. This also gives co workers bosses and other piers a chance to miss and appreciate what you do, which in turn fosters stronger relationships with these people. This will also help your carrier.  Remember, nobody is in this alone. Interpersonal relationships are key to success. The most important benefit to a vacation is stepping away from problems if you are faced with difficult, unanswerable problems. Your fresh perspective and a vacation might just be the answer.





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