Working side byÂ side with your business partner, husband, staff, assistant- for months on end with little to no breaks. You work diligently on a proposal, then a project, then a wrap up- all at full speed with no stops. You write, blog, post, measure, create â€“ for weeks and months â€“ and then repeat. And yet again, not too many pauses. This represents all of our stories- or all of us who work hard at being great at something.
When youâ€™re in full throttle engagement, sh!t gets done. Things move. The pieces come together and do what theyâ€™re meant to. But when engagement has no end in sight, itâ€™s like holding a bridge pose in yoga for an indefinite length of time- with a teacher talking on her cell phone outside the room. In other words thereâ€™s no horizon- you canâ€™t measure output because you donâ€™t know how to manage it in service of an end point. We love when thereâ€™s someone holding the â€œendâ€ for all of us â€“ so no one has to wonder.
There is a lot of power in engagement, but there is also a lot of power in disengagement- like a vacation. I took one recently and had several epiphanies Iâ€™m normally too busy to acknowledge or explore. Whatâ€™s even better was that I wasnâ€™t busy making notes about how to make this place better, which Iâ€™m often plagued with at restaurants, on airplanes, in meetings, etc. The Auberge Resort experience took me out of my day-to-day mind. It was transportive. That counts for something when your life is big, with lots of moving parts.
Have you disengaged lately? I recommend it â€“ not only because itâ€™s fun and makes life interesting, but because itâ€™s good for business, too.