Personal development takes many forms, and means something different for everyone.
Some of you may prefer attending events (see note about International Convention below), while others may prefer reading books or listening to audio books/recordings. In reality, it is probably a combination. I know it is for me.
There is one thing that I believe is equally important to personal development: down time.
While I know that part of owning your own business is that you don’t need to be tied to a desk or an office in order to make it work, taking a break from time to time is still important.
Yes, that’s right. Taking time to shut down from social media (gasp!), not answer the phone that often, step away from your business to just take time to recharge.
If we don’t take a break sometimes, we don’t give our brains and our bodies time to recovery from the hectic pace that most of our lives run at. It also gives us a change to reconnect to ourselves.
“My mind works in idleness. To do nothing is often my most profitable way.”
I like this quote from author Virginia Woolf because it illustrates that if our minds are too busy, they are often not as creative or focused. Part of this reconnection is to revisit your priorities, your goals, your why. Our lives become jumbled with so many things that these critical motivators — our reasons to move forward and be the best we can be — can get lost.
I do not think we take enough time to do this regularly. For those of you who meditate, you know the value of taking this time.
My commitment this month: to start meditating. I have tried unsuccessfully many times. I am ready to try again.
I will be on vacation when this blog goes live. I am making the conscious decision to stay off of most channels while I am gone. My goal: to come back recharged and ready for the final push toward Convention. Oh, and to hopefully read at least one book. I will leave you with this quote:
“Sometimes its not about moving on, its just taking a break from everything, and concentrating on yourself, because at the end; who’s there? YOU.”
What do you think? Do you agree that downtime is a form of personal development? I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.
We are quickly approaching USANA’s biggest personal development opportunity of the year: International Convention. I hope you are all planning on attending. As you know, there is no better way to hear about new announcements, receive world-class training, and reconnect with your USANA family than International Convention. I cannot wait!