This week I read through a favorite publication: AFAR. The CEO of AFAR, Greg Sullivan, wrote about the declining use of vacation time by Americans. On average only 16 days a year were used in 2013 leaving 429 million vacation days unused! Say what?
I love to read, peruse Pinterest and watch video too. Yet, all that time is actually living life in the abstract. It’s limited. It’s terribly limited. It’s easy to become addicted to our comfort zone box.
Comfort zone addiction can sneak up on you.
Don’t worry you’re in good company. In her October 2015 “What I know for sure” column, Oprah shares her own deep reluctance to “step out of my intentionally created and deeply satisfying comfort zone”. Oprah is in reconsideration mode after chatting with Shonda Rhimes about her forthcoming book “A Year of Yes”.
Comfort zone addiction isn’t the “real Thing”.
Pack your bags.
Pack your mindfulness.
Leave your fears behind.
Travel. To a far off destination, a “new to you” local place, or active learning experience.
Go for it and test the waters of discovery. There’s likely to be enriching perspectives about life, others and yourself around every turn.
One surprising entrepreneurial benefit of taking a vacation:
If you’re in a management role and things fall apart when you’re on “vacation” then you will know which areas of your business(es) require systems – new or upgraded.
(99% of the time failures are not about your people they’re about your systems.)
P A U S E
That’s a perfect reason, if you need one, for comfort zone addicts, workaholics and micromanagers to step out and reveal what is and isn’t working! After time away you’ll be energized to design systems that free you to take your business and leisure to the next level.
"How a person spends their leisure time—what she chooses to do when she can do anything at all—is one of the most important things about her." - Alice Gregory
Trade Your comfort zone Box in for true leisure time.
There was a time when “leisure” meant “learning time”. Leisure was thought to be the basis of culture.
Somewhere along the workaholic time line of modern life it morphed to imply “retired” or the freedom to guiltlessly “sit around and do-nothing”.
You need leisure time to travel, to test the waters of experience, to indulge your curiosity for the purpose of learning.
You may find that there are predictive questions regarding your overall health, creative capacities, and happiness. Journal on these questions and open to change:
1. How much leisure time do you enjoy?
2. What are your leisure activities?
3. How important is this part of your life to you?
If a web app would help shift your thinking about your time and focus, then BRIGHTERSTEP, is for you.
Cheers to your leisure, life, and enriching travels!