Leap Challenge Day 26: Take the Day Off

LeadershipThis is the fourth and final Sunday of the Leap Challenge. On previous Sundays we’ve addressed spiritual, emotional and mental rest. Today we add physical rest.

Task #26: Rest—take a break from work

One of the fundamental differences between a slave and a free worker is the ability to choose how and when to rest.

All too often I see people trying to rest from their work, but being sabotaged by their inability to first rest in their spirit, heart or mind. That’s why these tasks are in this order. The key to true, rejuvenating physical rest is to first deal your spiritual, emotional and mental fatigue.

Then you’ll find it easier to get some quality physical rest.

Any dream that’s worth going after will take time and energy. To succeed you’ll need the discipline of rest. Without it you risk fizzling out leaving behind no significant impact.

So rest up today (before we leap this week) and keep practicing the discipline as you pursue your dream.

How good are you at choosing to rest?

5 thoughts on “Leap Challenge Day 26: Take the Day Off”

  1. Sometimes I am so good at choosing to rest that I have to spend a whole Sunday that I’m being told to rest, working my butt off to catch up. :)  But it’s housework and laundry and grocery shopping catch up.  That’s life….

  2. Unfortunately, I am good at rest when my body makes me have to rest. I would like to get to a place where I rest because I know it will give me energy moving forward and not because it is trying to get back energy I’ve already spent. My body starts to ache and fatigue, and then I know I need to rest. What if I can figure out a way to rest before I get to the ache and fatigue part. Is that even possible?

    1. I think it’s possible. Rest isn’t cumulative (as much as I wish it were); you can’t store it up. We have to find out what rest we need—it’s different for each of us—and then make sure we’re getting that rest on a regular basis. 

      It’s definitely a learned discipline, like learning to start cooking dinner before you’re actually hungry.

  3. I wish rest were cumulative too. I guess what I meant was in the sense that going into something fully rested is better than going in already tired. That’s my goal. I realize too that it has to do with more than sleep. Fueling up physically and spiritually is important also. We have to stay balanced, that’s for sure. I don’t want to go back to the old way. Not fun.

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