Rest: The Secret Weapon of the Successful
Why Rest is Vital
You are ambitious, visionary and headed toward your destiny. But, if you don't rest along the way, you'll be unenthusiastic, short-sighted and stuck.
We were created for rest. And when questioned about the Sabbath, Jesus said, "Man was not made for the Sabbath. The Sabbath was made for man." And just to clarify, I'm not talking about a day for church or religious observation. Sabbath literally means rest or week.
Consider this from Abarim Publications:
"A Sabbath is not for rest in general, it is rest from the commercial cycle, and although there is nothing wrong with commerce per se, commerce might prove to be quite intoxicating if one doesn't distantiate from it every seventh day.."
Early in my entrepreneur's journey, I heard Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, teach business success principles. His routine was to shut off all business activities every third day. No phone calls, no meetings, nothing. He asserted this gave him the opportunity to disconnect from the stress and reconnect with creativity and joy. Always, the next days were more productive.
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of USC says REST is the brain's default mode. When our mind is wandering the brain goes to work for us. Here are just a few of the things that happen when we let our brain shift into default mode:
Whether you disconnect from business every 3 or 7 days or intentionally shut off each workday early enough to give the mind a true break, spiritual, scientific and peer wisdom prove the need.
Besides, all work and no play makes Jill jittery and cranky.