Business Leadership Expertise: Take a Radical Sabbatical This Holiday
Stress is high this time of year and you don’t have a minute to think; do this, buy that, fix this, change that.
No time to chill out and just take a deep breath and think? Consider a radical sabbatical and give yourself the gift that keeps on giving. Here is the premise: go away! That’s right go away. Get a motel room or at least drive your car to a park near your home and just sit. You can take two hours, half a day or a whole day. That’s all the time you need in our speed version of a radical sabbatical.
The only way to get some radical ideas is to do something radical. No, not radical as we are using it during these tense times. It’s not about extreme left or right of anything. It’s not about my way is better than your way. It’s not about blowing anything up. The essence of the word radical is “to get at the root” of the matter.
\In the past a radical sabbatical meant taking off three months to maybe a year and sailing the Atlantic or skydiving your way around the world. It was meant to jog you into new and innovative thoughts. It was a way to jump start your creative brain and come back to work refreshed and ready with brilliant ways to do what has never been done before; kind of like Star Trek travel.
The past two years have made everyone more cautious, wearier, and more stressed. Okay, so to adjust to these times we can adjust the radical sabbatical to go with the times and still be capable of entering the new decade prepared and ready to go.
Now that you are willing to “get lost”, “get out”, “just go”, the question is what are you to do with these precious hours delegated to radical thinking. Here are the three keys to your day away:
- Ask yourself questions and write down the answers: there are only three questions. What is your purpose? Who do you serve? What good are you doing? That’s it. Keep asking the same questions and write the answers to dig deeper. Do this for at least an hour.
- Fly up and look down: hovercraft above yourself. Getting at observation of anything changes the perspective and thus gives you a chance to change your mind. Start looking down on yourself, then bring in your family and keep looking, then fly higher and check out your workplace, your community, your country, until you can see the whole planet, the “blue pearl” we all live on.
- Whittle down a wish list: make a list of the 75 things you really, really want in your life before you “kick the bucket” and then let it sit there while you get something to eat and drink. Go back and circle the top ten. Listen to some music or find a crossword puzzle to do. Now go back and double circle the top one. The one thing you hope and dream can come about while you still have health and strength. Vision it happening in your mind. Make it big, bigger, BIGGER. And then let it go.