Taking a break is good for life balance and health as well as finances. A client in Spain didn’t fit the typical European profile; he didn’t take time off to just ‘be.’ Any time away from the office would involve seminars or other work-related activity. He wouldn’t relax and enjoy himself. Deep down, the thought of a vacation caused him massive financial anxiety. To feel financially safe, he convinced himself that he required a certain amount of money in the bank before he could relax and enjoy life.
The problem was that he was self-employed and he saw a lot of clients in a day; he was starting to burn out. Eventually, he was only able to work four days a week because he felt totally drained by his work. It was easy to see that he would not last much longer this way: he was in pure survival mode.
As a transformational life coach, a major part of my work aims at helping clients create clarity regarding what matters most to them, so they can achieve life balance and connect with their values to live life to the fullest. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in everyday responsibilities and to keep doing things in the same way. Together, we devised a personalized plan to help him create his ideal life. First, we established the number of days a week he desired to work. Then the big questions: How much money did he desire in the bank? How many weeks vacation would he take if he had this financial security? He was clear that he wanted to work three days a week and, knew exactly the amount of money required for the financial security to live his dream of taking a week’s vacation most months.
This clarity and certainty dispelled his fears. He became more enthusiastic and energetic; he attracted more clients, received more referrals and made more money! His anxiety about finances dissolved and he turned a new page in his life. He stopped living in survival mode, had more fun, more energy and greater connection to his inner being. He had a better relationship with his family: his whole life changed.
The benefits to taking a vacation
When you’re more rested and energetic, you make fewer mistakes, have more stamina and patience and are more productive. All of these attributes are important for job security and promotions, whether you’re self-employed or salaried. Since life is more like a marathon than a sprint, it’s essential to pace ourselves. If you try to keep going without stopping, something is going to suffer – and it will likely be family life, relationships or our health.
As a transformation coach, I often ask people: “What would you do if you had just 24 hours left to live?” Answers are usually a variation on a similar theme: most would spend their last precious moments with loved ones, thanking them and telling them how much they are loved. Some would throw a big party, while others choose to be in nature and reflect on their lives. No one has said they would go to work in their last 24 hours! What would you do? What’s stopping you from celebrating your life?
We experience precious moments daily, but vacations stand out as special times, we’re taken out of our regular routines. Spontaneous moments assist us to live outside our daily boxes, which in turn sparks creativity. Time to plan your next vacation – vacations save lives.