How many times have you heard a brilliant piece of advice? One that will change your life if you implement it? Only to forget about it for the next day and the subsequent following days.
I think at times we are all guilty of this. This confession refers to the following piece of advice “Rather than operating at 110% you should take some time to sit back and reflect once in a while.”
Whilst I’d like to say that I do this enough I now realize that I don’t. I’ve had my eye on the ball for so long that it seems like I’ve forgotten what game I am playing. Whilst being driven to succeed in a career that you love is a great pursuit it doesn’t mean that you should dedicate every last-minute to it.
I’m writing this at 10:00 PM from Siena, Italy. I have a pizza to my left and a Peroni that is so large it doesn’t actually quantify how much is in the bottle. I’ve slept in until 11. Had Pizza for lunch & gelato for afternoon tea whilst slipping in a macchiato just before the sun went down. I spent the day seeing the sights and taking in the breath-taking moments with somebody that I love and I’m about to go out again to have a few drinks with friends. I haven’t thought about emails or twitter updates or what’s news on facebook for days and I don’t feel guilty for a second. On that same note rather than thinking about the progress of a project back at work I’m thinking about how I just managed to order dinner from start to finish in Italian and feeling a bit proud of my 25 word vocabulary.
I’m taking my time out. I’m stopping for a few days. But I know when I’m ready to start I’ll be as ready as ever. I know that when I turn that key in the engine the car will go faster than ever before because I’m refuelling at the moment.
No matter how much you love your career, your hobby, your partner or your dog if you spent 24/7 dedicating yourself to that pursuit you will soon lose your passion for it and the spark in your eye will soon fade.
So what I’m saying is, that it’s ok to take a break once in a while and refresh. It will be worth the while. Then when your ready again your goal will be clearer and more attainable than ever. Take my advice, I dare you.
With love from Siena.