Today, I want to try something different.
I’m going to give you three challenges, and I expect you to come back and comment with your results. Now, bear with me, you may not understand what these have to do with your business at first. But if you follow through, the pieces will lock into place.
Challenge #1- Take a Sabbath.
Definition of Sabbath (according to Merriam Webster)
a : the seventh day of the week observed from Friday evening to Saturday evening as a day of rest and worship by Jews and some Christians
b : Sunday observed among Christians as a day of rest and worship
Simply put, a Sabbath is a day of rest. I’ve heard understandings range from “a day of prayer and fasting” to “don’t mow your lawn on Sunday!” Whatever your definition, I think we can all agree that we need a regularly scheduled day off. I don’t think you need to go crazy with it and become a sloth, but unplug, unwind, and spend quality time with your loved ones.
Why is this helpful? We’re human, and humans are relational. We need to connect with the people in our lives without the obstruction of work. Without this, our personal lives suffer and it effects us at work!
Besides, we often have our biggest revelations about work when we aren’t working. Next time you watch baseball, keep a careful eye on the pitcher. When a pitcher winds up and concentrates on the catcher, what does he do for a brief moment before letting the ball fly? He looks away! This may be an advanced strategy in baseball, but it’s simple in your life. Look away for a day, and you’ll hit your target more often than not.
Challenge #2- Have Fun with Your Team.
Call it team building, call it a company day at the beach, call it Friday Funday, I don’t care. Team building is important, but it isn’t doesn’t have to be shrouded in the form of trust falls and icebreakers. Sometimes the simplest thing you can do to invest in your team and foster success is to create an environment for fun once in a while.
Yes, this might be an expense, but if you can’t afford much, have a potluck at the park with sack races or assemble a company softball game. You don’t have to take everyone on a mountain adventure to meet each other’s families. Just do get together for some fun. Make the investment because getting to know each other and your respective families makes us you stronger team.
Challenge #3- Learn Something Different.
Last week, I brought in a Health and Wellness Specialist to speak at our weekly all-company meeting. I know what some were thinking before our speaker began; that this was a waste of time and a distraction from the work day.
The murmurings after the meeting were strikingly different, and certainly positive. Not only were our minds engaged in something new that would benefit our quality of life (and thus our work), but many in the room learned unexpected tools like actively engaging an audience, speaking with enthusiasm and passion, and addressing listeners with sincere interest.
The skills you need are never going to be found in just one place. Expand your “classroom” and you’ll expand your business. I suggest pulling up YouTube and watching TedTalks on any subject you find interesting. Learn a little something new, and then refocus on your work and you may find your passions renewed.
Let me know what you tried and how you did!
To Your Discovery;
Lee A. Arnold
The Lee Arnold System of Real Estate Investing
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