So—we’re up to the next way you give your power away at work.
To refresh your memory, here are the first 4:
- You spend too much time and energy trying to change others.
- You put all your career eggs in one basket
- You allow other people to define you.
- You can’t disconnect and just be.
And here’s the 5th: You don’t take any, or all, of your vacation days.
Many of you that think your business, career, team–all of the above–would collapse if you weren’t there to constantly keep an eye on things.
This is not handling business—and your health– right. It’s doing it all wrong.
This type of vigilance a sure sign of insecurity, and, over time, will zap your power.
To gain confidence, do the opposite of what your anxiety dictates (like avoiding vacation!)
Taking a much-needed break actually increases productivity and lowers your chances of burnout.
In fact, a Framingham Heart Study, discussed in Prevention magazine revealed that, “Men who take regular vacations are 32 percent less likely to die of heart attacks, and 21 percent less likely to die early. And women who go on vacation have a 50 percent lower risk of heart attack.*”
Talk about power!
When was the last time you took a vacation?
Copyright 2014 Michelle Kerrigan
*Excerpt taken from the Prevention magazine article, “4 Reasons to Take a Vacation” by Holly C. Corbett, copyright 2012