Responsible Business Leaders take Vacations

Michael & Ellen Sailing in Mazatlan

It is important for business leaders to work hard and play hard. I’ve spent the last week in Mazatlan, Mexico with my wife. This was a great opportunity for us to nurture our relationship by spending time with each other and relaxing. I even learned a few things about how business is done in Mexico.

For years, as a business owner, I burned the candle at both ends and rarely took
time away from my business. My rational was that if I was away having fun I was being neglectful and spending money that I could be using to grow my business.

In recent years I’ve concluded that this was faulty thinking and is based on scarcity and lack mentality. And, guess what…this mindset was showing up for me every time I talked to a prospect and he or she “just didn’t have the money or couldn’t afford to invest in my services”…even though they were clear that it was exactly what they needed to achieve their goals.

Life always has a way of reminding us of who we’re being in the moment. Stopping to listen has changed everything for me.

This year I’ve taken 3 holidays and each one has done wonders for
my mindset and ability to be creative. I’ve even meet some great contacts on my trips that have translated into business.

Side note – when you take a holiday make sure you you go for the right reason… fun. Acquiring a new client is just a bonus. The possibility of meeting a new client should not be used to mentally justify your trip. When you do this you do not truly disconnect and are still mentally living in the land of scarcity.

What I’ve concluded is that when one is clear about his goals and has taken decisive action toward them no vacation on earth can keep the universe from delivering.

So get out, see the world, and love life. Your business depends on it.