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Note from Marie: Thank you for your overwhelming support of our new Unplugged series. I’m resurfacing this episode as we head into our annual company summer holiday.
I read an eye-opening article in Time. It was about the disappearing American vacation and how, as a nation, we’re taking less time off and feeling more exhausted and stressed than ever.
The piece talked about the devastating impact chronic overwork has on productivity, health and happiness. Some research links overwork to depression, heavy drinking and cardiovascular problems. No surprise there, right?
But it can also be deadly for your bottom line. When you’re chronically exhausted, you make poor judgment calls and are far more likely to make mistakes.
No matter where you live in the world, many of us can relate to feeling overstretched. It’s as though we’re busting at the seams with the non-stop demands of modern life.
This is the last MarieTV post you’ll get from me until September 5th. We’re closing down our company for our annual summer holiday so that everyone on Team Forleo can have meaningful time with those they love.
Because a healthy, happy team makes for a healthy, happy company. We’ve done this close-down-the-whole-shop-for-two-weeks thing and it’s always a game changer. Everyone on our team (myself included) comes back refreshed and bursting with energy and inspiration.If you’re listening to the noise of the world it’s impossible to hear the whispers of your soul. Click To Tweet
From a health perspective, the research agrees. A yearly holiday can reduce the risk of heart attack by 30% in men and a whopping 50% in women.
Yes, I’m fully aware that taking any time off is an incredible luxury given the economic challenges millions face. It’s something I do not take lightly or take for granted.
But if we want anything to change — within our lives, our businesses or our culture — we must take action and lead the way.
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As promised, here’s the the Harvard Business Review article about the power of making time off predictable — and required.
Consistently challenging your own assumptions is vital if you want to do your best work and enjoy life along the way. Truthfully, most of us are so busy doing what we think we have to do that we rarely stop and ask, “Is this really what I want to do?”
This week, I’d love to know:
What’s one thing you wish you could do (or stop doing) that you don’t think is possible? What would happen if you challenged that assumption and allowed yourself to re-write your own rules?
Do your best to share as much detail as you can because thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a breakthrough.
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With all my love,