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Time Out!

Lots has been said over the years about the importance of an attitude of commitment to consistent effort in whatever one’s pursuit. It has been made eminently clear in example after example of highly successful role models in all walks of life that the difference between greatness and mediocrity was a minor tweak in attitude. The tweak resulted in an attitude of driving commitment to excellence which always requires consistent effort. In other words, one can’t be great one day and mediocre the next and expect to become all they can be.

On the other hand, a commitment to consistent effort doesn’t mean subjecting one’s self to a day in and day out grind. If the attitude of “it’s a grind” sets in, inevitably performance results suffer catastrophically.
The old cliche’, “Variety is the spice of life.” has definite merit. The truism of the cliche’ is it drives an attitude of enthusiasm to persist. With enthusiasm comes emotional commitment. With emotional commitment comes consistent effort. With consistent effort comes an inevitable improvement in performance results.

The fact is though, sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we are doing that we don’t even realize enthusiasm has been replaced by obsessive, compulsive behavior. In these circumstances, we think, if things aren’t going our way, we’ll just keep grinding, grinding, grinding and work our way through to a solution. We say to ourselves something like, “If I exhaust all avenues and myself, a solution to a challenge or problem is sure to appear.”

But, as a noted expert in organization and time management, Julie Morgenstern says in her book, Never Check Email in the Morning: “When you are exhausted and depleted and don’t know where you’ll find energy to tackle that next project–take a leap into the unknown. Trust that work will survive without you for an hour, an evening, or a weekend. You must embrace the fact that sometimes your best hope for getting to the bottom of your to-do list is to let go and take care of yourself personally.” In short, she’s saying we all need to take a “time out” from time to time.

Amazingly, the letting go for a while rekindles an energy and a renewed attitude of enthusiasm that shortcuts you back to top level performance. Time out! Try it! You’ll like it!

Speaking of letting go, I am doing that very thing for the next four weeks concerning making any new entries into this blog. It’s not that I’m depleted of ideas I want to communicate to you or anything of the sort. It’s that travel commitments are so tight over the next few weeks that I will be unable to commit to the time.

I’m letting go but I will be back…you, too?


I help people and organizations Profit Through Performance. As a speaker, trainer and business consultant/coach, my areas of expertise to help drive improved performance are Success Principles; Leadership, Presentation, Sales/Communication Skills; and Strategic Planning/Problem Resolution.


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