The word Recreation means to re-create, or to be re-created. Think about that for a moment. When you take time out of your busy schedule for some recreation you are allowing yourself to not only relax,  but to recharge your batteries and be recreated in order to be more successful in the future.

My husband and I took a few days out this past weekend for some “Re-Creation” down in South Texas with some friends of ours. We went to Sea World and to the zoo, and just spent a few days lounging around and catching up on rest. He has been under a particularly large amount of stress with his business lately and as we were driving home Sunday afternoon he said he could literally feel the stress and tension leaving his body as the weekend progressed.

This got me thinking a lot about the relationship between recreation and success. Just what kind of role do they play with one another? Many successful people find they do not have time to take a few days off and unplug. They are constantly in the office and, even when they are home, attached to their smart phone checking emails and running conference calls.

When was the last time you completely unplugged, if only for a few days?

I suppose the only time we COMPLETELY unplugged since our honeymoon a year and a half ago was during our 1-year anniversary trip. We rarely travel out of the country, so when we crossed the Canadian border our cell phones received simultaneous text messages informing us of the outlandish international rates we would incur while using our phones there.

It was only for a few days but the phones stayed turned off and in our hotel room the entire time. No facebook, no email, no phone calls or text messages. Just the two of us and each other’s undivided attention for 3 full days. My parents’ had our hotel information in case of emergency, so there was no worrying involved. Just re-creation.

I want to encourage you to take a couple of days to re-create and re-connect with yourself sometime in the near future. You don’t have to leave town, but make a plan to turn off the computer and leave the phone in the office from Friday evening through Monday morning. Go explore your neighborhood, take in a few local tourist attractions, go to the park or take your spouse out for an uninterrupted dinner. I can almost guarantee that by Monday morning you will not only feel refreshed, but you will find your focus and energy greatly improved and will be ready to once again take on the world!


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