As CEOs of our business, we need to ensure we stay focussed and creative. However, juggling numerous responsibilities exposes us to burnout and a lack of creativity.
Most CEOs overwhelm themselves with the demands of work but being away from business for some time is actually necessary to show up as the 7-figure leader they need to be.
In this episode, I’ll talk about some of the reasons why taking time off is good for your business.
IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL DISCOVER:
- What is CEO Time? (01:09)
- A tale of two farmers (01:28)
- Why it’s necessary to have regular time out (02:47)
- Rest and recover for optimum mind and body (03:07)
- Timeout to refocus (05:41)
- Enhance creativity (06:22)
- Culture and morale within your team (07:43)
- Guilt (08:29)
- “The energy that you’re sharing is the energy that will be reflected back to you.” -Samantha Riley
- “You’re no good to your family and clients if you’re burnt out. When you burn out, you get frustrated in your private life and resent your clients.” -Samantha Riley
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Samantha Riley Snippet (00:00):
Being overworked, overwhelmed, and burnt out is never going to allow you to achieve the level of success that you desire. So how do you achieve optimal performance as a CEO with a never-ending to-do list, pushing through and working harder and harder will have a negative effect on your business and your life. So today I’m going to talk about how you can manage your energy to show up as the seven-figure leader you need to be.
Samantha Intro (00:24):
My name is Samantha Riley, and this is the podcast for experts who want to be the unapologetic leader in their industry. We’re going to share the latest business growth, marketing and leadership strategies, as well as discussing how you can use your human design to create success in business and life. Inside and out. It’s time to take your influence income and impact to the level you know you’re capable of. Are you ready to make a bigger difference and scale up? This is the Influence By Design podcast.
Welcome to Episode 419 of Influence By Design. And as you know, we’re focusing on the theme of stepping into your power, being the unapologetic leader in your industry so you can build your elegant empire. And today, I want to talk to you about CEO time. Now what is that what is CEO time, this is a phrase that my good friend Vanessa shore uses to explain taking time away from your business, taking time away from working in the weeds of your business.
So you may have heard the story of the two farmers who went out one day to clear the land and chop down a whole heap of trees. There was farmer one, he was big, he was strapping he was there, the more muscular of the farmers. And he picked up his axe and he just started really throwing his body into it and chopping down the trees.
And then there was the second farmer who was a little bit smaller, he wasn’t as strong. But he still got into it. And they were making good headway. He got into the middle of the day and the second farmer notice that he was slowing down that the trees weren’t coming down as quickly as they were early in the morning. So he decided to take some time out to rest and recover his body and sharpen his axe.
And the first farmer was really frustrated. He was you know, he was thinking, why are you taking time out, we’ve got one day to get this done. I want to get it done today before the sun goes down. It got to the end of the day, and the smaller farmer who had been taking breaks regularly in the afternoon to sharpen his axe ended up cutting down more trees. Because he took the time out to sharpen his axe, instead of just working harder and harder. Without things happening as easily the first farmer was trying to cut down the trees with a blunt axe.
And the reason I’m sharing this story is because it’s really important that as the CEOs in our business that we take the time out to sharpen our axe. Now there are three reasons why it’s not just important, but necessary to have regular CEO time in your calendar each week. So I just want to go through those.
Now. Number one, just as I was sharing in the farmer story, you need to rest and recover so your body and your mind are at their optimum. So this is about looking after your mental health and well-being and also your physical health and well-being. Now this is going to be different for every single person.
Personally, I love going to the gym, some people don’t like doing that some people would prefer to go surfing, some people would prefer to go for a walk in nature. So it’s just whatever it is that you need to do to feel good in yourself to get away to get the body moving. Because we also need to remember that this isn’t just about our health being at the optimum energy is in our body. And if we don’t get it moving, this energy gets stuck in this keeps everything like our creativity, our you know, our well-being it keeps us stuck in our body. So it could be physical activities.
It could be things like massages, or, you know, taking time out in different ways for different modalities. So this is something that I would recommend that you put into your calendar, so that you don’t just think about it every now and again. But it turns into a habit where you are taking this time out for yourself every single week.
You need to do this to avoid burnout because you’re no good to your family if you’re burnt out. And you’re no good to your clients if you’re burnt out because when you burn out, you resent your clients. And I know this because this happened to me many years ago. There’s no way that you can grow a business when you resent your clients. Just a couple of weeks ago, Leon and I took some time out and we went for a whole day, and we spent time in an infrared sauna, spent an hour in a float tank, and we had a massage, it was a beautiful day.
But what I realized after I got out of the float tank, and I don’t know if you’ve ever done this, but I highly recommend float tanks is I hadn’t realized how loud my mind had got, I hadn’t realized how many voices there were in my mind until I got out of the float tank. And I was like, wow, my head silent. And I hadn’t realized how this had changed over time. So it’s really important to have these modalities or these activities in your day, things like meditation, or, you know, whatever it is to be able to just reset and recover so that your body and mind can do what they need to do.
Number two, you need to take time out so you can refocus. If you stay in the weeds of your business, it’s very difficult to see the forest for the trees, you could be working away at something for you know, days at a time and not realize that you’re a little bit off track, or you haven’t quite got the message correct, or you’ve missed something in your funnel, whatever it is, it’s very difficult.
If you stay down at that ground level all the time to be able to see those little nuances that are missing, or that need a little bit of editing. So you really need to take that time out just to get clear again.
Number three, you need to take CEO time to enhance your creativity. So just think about it, do you get ideas in the shower or while you’re driving? For me definitely I have a lot of ideas in the shower. And we’ve got a bit of a joke in our house that our shower is called the magic shower. In sometimes if I get really frustrated trying to work through something, Leon will just say, Oh, just go jump in the magic shower. And it happens all the time when what I’ve been frustrated with just sort of drops in.
If you’re working on something for too long, it can hinder your performance. And according to research, your brain gradually stops registering the Sight Sound, or feeling if that stimulus remains constant over time. So you lose focus and your performance on the task declines.
So it’s important to take time out so that we can keep our creativity up. You know, as coaches, that’s what we do. We’re creating trainings, we’re creating marketing, we’re writing, we’re recording, we’re, we’re creating videos, everything that we’re doing, maybe it’s worksheets, whatever it is everything that we’re doing in our business requires a certain level of creativity, that we’ll have a showing up in our unique zone of genius. So it’s really important to take time away, to keep that creativity up.
And number four, if you don’t take time out, you’ll hurt the morale of your team. Everything filters from the top, you’ve got to remember you’re the driver of the bus. And if you’re coming from a negative space or a burnt out space, then those people on your team, they’re stuck on the bus with you like that. And if they really hate being on the bus, and they don’t want to be there, there’s only one way they’re going to go.
Not only will they be jumping off as soon as they can, their productivity won’t be great. And as a company, your culture will be destroyed. And it is really, really hard to bring culture back once it’s been eroded. So just think the energy that you’re sharing is the energy that will be reflected back to you.
And lastly, I just wanted to talk about guilt, because I know that this is something that affects us all at some time. When we’re really busy, we’re conditioned to you know, put head down bomber and just keep working.
Sometimes we do need to do this, sometimes we do have deadlines that we need to stick to. But sometimes we do need to take that time out to be able to hit that deadline. And we know when that is. So don’t think about being guilty for taking time out. Know that this is so important for you to be able to take your business to the level that it needs to go.
So you know, make sure that you’re resting and recovering. Make sure that you’re spending time to refocus. Take time out to enhance your creativity. And remember that the morale of your team and the culture of your business is all revolved around the energy that you’re bringing to the group.
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