The Discipline of Rest

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[vimeo id="156017268"] You know, with great passion comes great responsibility. Part of being an empowering leader is to instill boldness, dedication, and vision into those around you through your example. However, we also must model a lifestyle that cultivates sustainable growth. And one area leaders tend to fall short on is getting enough rest or down time. You see, the greatest transformation happens when passion meets perseverance. But this can’t be sustained unless you know how to take it easy once in a while. So here are five reasons leaders should be diligent in the discipline of rest.

First of all, rest helps you avoid panicking in a crisis. Something always seems twice as hard when you’re tired. You dread assignments or meetings. It takes you longer to get things done. When you’re tired, a crisis always seems more terrifying. It’s easy to panic and start reacting to the situation emotionally. And most of the time, this actually makes things worse. But when you’re well-rested, you can deal with problems from a calmer mindset and make better decisions. Sometimes, the best thing is even to get a couple of hours of rest before dealing with the situation.

Secondly, rest helps your awareness. When you’re tired, you tend to be less observant. You can miss opportunities that you normally would have noticed. Sometimes you don’t notice changes in your team or recognize new opportunities when you’re dealing with exhaustion. It’s hard to get excited about an idea or a new venture when you’re dealing with fatigue. It’s easy to get caught up in your own world when you’re tired. That’s why it’s so important for leaders to maintain a lifestyle that will help them be well-rested so that they can be aware of themselves and those around them.

Finally, being well rested will always set you up to overcome challenges. Exhaustion can make it difficult to concentrate and strategize when dealing with challenges. You struggle to prioritize and delegate appropriately. But if a leader is well-rested, they can approach the challenge one problem at a time. They can weigh the pros and cons of an action. They can process advice more easily and make a decision that will maximize their organization’s effectiveness. So commit to a lifestyle of sustainable growth. You’ll find you can achieve greater, more impactful results by being disciplined in rest.

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