Michael Daly

Author, Speaker, Mentor

Tag: relax

When was the last time you were really rested and relaxed?

When was the last time you were really rested and relaxed? Was it at the end of a holiday or maybe when you had something cancelled at the last moment and had some unexpected time for yourself. How did you feel – more confident, less stressed, clear-headed, even creative and more energised?

You will need to feel all these things if you are going to set out the life you want to live, and then have the courage and determination to make the changes needed to see it happen.

Take some time to answer the following questions:
What stops you from taking time out to rest, relax and get creative?

  • Is it that you would feel guilty because you have so much to do and it wouldn’t be getting done?
  • Or do you not feel worthy of taking time out for yourself as you have to keep going to meet the demands being placed on you by everyone around you?
  • Could it be that if you took some time out, you might just really get to see how your life is and that’s not a nice thought for you?

So, go on and answer the question – what is really stopping you from taking time out to rest, relax and get creative? We can’t change something unless we know what that something is. You need to first identify it. Only then can living these traits help you overcome what is holding you back. What would help you now to take some quality time out, giving yourself the space to reflect on and set in motion ways of becoming a self-leader in your own life and working towards the life you want to live?

Might it be getting up a few minutes earlier in the morning or just switching off the television a little earlier in the evening to give you some quiet time to answer the questions and do the exercises in this book? Would buying a writing pad or a Dictaphone (if you prefer not to write) to record your thoughts and ideas help you? If so, just go and do it. We all have our own strategies for how best to do this – see what works best for you. Once you have identified the best strategy for you – go for it!

Is it that you don’t know how to take time out to rest, relax and get creative? It might take a lot of trial and error to discover what does work for you when it comes to resting, relaxing and getting creative. Only it really is worth putting in the time and effort to truly discover what it is that does work for you.
Taking time out will allow you to keep on learning how to live and make the most of the life you are living. Self-leaders allow themselves the time to be silent, and so they begin to cultivate the power of the imagination, which helps them move towards what they want their life and work to be about. For you, this time out may only be ten to fifteen minutes once a week. This is a great start and will give you something solid to build on. Make the most of this time and use it constructively. It is not about looking back over the past and digging up regrets and mistakes or just day-dreaming about the future. Look at where you want to go and what you are doing about it.

So, with this in mind truly am grateful for the opportunity to be here in Vilnius to launch The Six Traits Of Self-Leadership, give a presentation on Personal Leadership and Goal Setting as all as to get to take some time out to relax, get re-energised, upbeat and creative for the year ahead.

Grateful for That Time of Year Again

I’m grateful to be getting some time out and a short break and holiday away from it all. Will use the time out to relax, rest the body and sharpen the mind. It will also allow for some time out to reflect on and think about the life being lived at this time. To look to at how it is I want to be living over the coming days, weeks and months. And how best I can creatively bridge the gap between where I am now in life and where I want to be this time next year.

One activity that will happen more than ever while away will be the act of taking some time out to catch up all the reading that there just wasn’t the time to do over the last weeks and months. Reading is an activity that I try to do on a daily basis. For it gives me energy and truly does fuel my creativity. So the chance to get so much more of it in, while away, will be so welcome.

Of course, not everyone is interested in or has the time to read. Only, what activities do you get to get to do on a regularly basis so as to sharpen your mind and rest your body? And if you don’t know what activities allow you to rest, relax, renew yourself and get creative, it’s important that you do identify them. For when you do and then allow them to become an integral part of your life you will have a far greater chance to move forward in your life. For getting creative will empower you to move in an upward spiral of growth, change and continuous improvement. They will also give you the stamina to achieve the life you want to live.

So if you are lucky enough to get a holiday and some time away from it all, every success with making the most of it. And if it’s just not possible for you to get away then hopefully you will get to carve out sometime in the last of these long days and bright evenings to pursue the activities that will allow you to go on and achieve the life you want to be living.

Take good care of yourselves and truly hope you get to make the most of the rest of the summer regardless of what it holds for you.

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