Is this what you went into business for?  
  • Working long hours without a break and never feeling like you’re getting ahead
  • Friends and family complaining you’re always working and never have time for them
  • Things going really well but you have to keep working flat-out to keep up the success
I don’t think so – sounds like the worst of both worlds to me

You’ve got all the restrictions of being on someone’s payroll without any of the benefits, like the freedom to leave work behind, relax and enjoy life, even if only for the weekend.

You could be the most demanding boss you’ve ever had

Which is great at one level, it’s good to have challenges and set high standards for yourself. But you know the old saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.

Inner Critic shouting at woman - take time out

“Jack” of course is you

And Jack is also your business – because you are the business

Who wants to do business with a dull boy?
Not many people and I’m guessing they would not be your ideal clients.

Why do we do it to ourselves?

One reason I come across frequently in Discovery Sessions with clients is the sub-conscious belief, hard-wired in during childhood, that:

“To get ahead you have to struggle and it has to be really hard.”

If you have found your passion and could actually have fun making a living following it, but you’re running this particular limiting belief, your brilliant subconscious mind will resolve the inner conflict by finding a way to make it feel really hard – like working all hours and never taking a break without feeling guilty or anxious and that you really ought to be working.

What would it take to become the best boss you’ve ever had? 

A good boss:

  • Knows you produce your best work when you have work/life balance.  You need time to recharge your batteries and gather some juice and inspiration for the work ahead.
  • Recognizes your body, mind and spirit need time to rest, relax and play – and that some of your most creative ideas arrive whilst you’re relaxing.
  • Considers your ‘time out’ a wise investment in the business, one that is just as important as investing in training and continuing development.

So I’m going to invite you to consider a shift in perspective here from seeing time out as unnecessary self-indulgence, to seeing it as a completely necessary and a very wise investment in your business.

Does that feel better?

Over to you

Do you struggle to give yourself time out? Does it make you feel guilty? What do you do to give yourself a nourishing break?  We’d love to know. Leave a Comment below.

Not taking time out is bad for your health

Which of course is very bad for your business 🙂

If you want some help breaking the behaviours that won’t allow you to stop struggling and working so hard all the time, go here now and apply for a free Discovery Session with me.

It’s completely free of charge and without obligation – so you have nothing to lose but your blocks!



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2 Comments on Take Time Out – I Dare You

  1. What a great invitation!

    You’ve hit the nail on the head there – the feeling that if it’s *work* it has to be *hard* and hence we need to punish ourselves and draw things out… I’ve certainly been guilty of doing that in the past.

    I’m in the middle of rewriting my personal lexicon of work terms because I’m giving myself permission for my best work to be fun. (So, playdates instead of consultations…perhaps a playshop instead of a workshop ; )

    Also, the beautiful irony is that actually the best ideas and greatest insights tend to come through during playtimes when we’ve let go of work and are relaxing and enjoying free time.
    Looking forward to connecting on this Linda x

  2. Love it Jo!

    Inspiration does seem to come when the logical/analytical/executive (and often bossy) part of the mind takes a break and we’ve let go of the struggle – then the creative juices can really flow.

    I’m looking forward to our playdates 😉

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