Muhammad Ali words capture the passion, commitment, focus and drive that great leaders put into their life and their career: “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” It is an exciting and sometime grueling pursuit of excellence, and it is all worth the awesome prize.
In her book, Take Your Soul to Work, Erica Brown, counsels great leaders to take care of themselves on their journey: “Life is a muscle that is worked hard, you cannot forever sustain heavy lifting. Leadership is not an endurance test to demonstrate your limits or a competition to see who can work harder.” Time is needed to refresh themselves if they are to avoid burnout. She shares Maya Angelou’s advice on rest:
“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends, can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each per deserve a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
The world needs great leaders; you are very important to all of us. We gently ask you to take time for yourself, to make yourself a priority once in a while. It is not selfish. It is necessary. As Parker Palmer wrote: “Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.” We need you as our champion. We want you to be more than you ever dreamed you could be… and more… so much more.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!