Leverage for Growth Podcast

Episode 64: How Taking Breaks Can Transform Your Life and Business

Episode Date:Apr 7, 2023

In this episode of Leverage for Growth, Jesse P. Gilmore talks about the importance of taking breaks to reset and recenter in both life and business. He shares his experience of consciously taking a break during the end of the quarter to spend more time with himself, without the pressure of output expectations. Jesse emphasizes that being human means having needs and desires, and it's crucial to take time to reset and recenter ourselves to consciously choose the direction of our lives and businesses. It's time to be the best human beings we can be by simply being ourselves in the moment and connecting with others on a human level.

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Episode Transcript

You are now listening to Leverage for Growth. Hey everybody this is Jesse P. Gilmore founder of Niche in Control and creator of the Leverage for Growth, welcome to the daily leverage edition. 

Today’s topic is this “How Taking Breaks Can Transform Your Life and Business”. Sit back, relax and welcome to today’s daily leverage.


So this morning, I was doing my morning routine of stacking and reflecting on this last week of the quarter and my conscious decision to have a break.


There is a natural cycle that we must embrace each quarter  


People and teams can go on sprints for a total of 90 days  


Then they need a rest 


I am no different


I am working towards what is called a 12 week year


Where you work hard for 12 weeks and take the 13th week off to reset and recenter before another 12 weeks


I had planned that this year 


However, we had moved our family vacation to May and one of our weeks off will be with the birth of our third child at the end of June


So I did not get the 13th week off this quarter


Instead of having it off, I started to do less


Spend more time with myself


Without as many expectations of my output


Being okay with not getting everything done for the week


Having grace with myself and paving the way for next quarter


This means getting more sleep


Taking afternoon naps with the kids


Watching family movies


Planning for the next quarter in all areas


Reassessing where I am today and where I am committed to being tomorrow


Allowing myself to simply be


To accept where I am today 


To love the journey that I am on


Even to take a break from this daily habit of daily leverage episodes


So that I can come back and appreciate the processes and habits that allow me to be in power each day


To come back with a new outlook


A new perspective


A new sense of excitement for the things to come


There is a sense of self-love that is needed and comes from allowing yourself to reset and recenter


Whether that is at the end of a quarter, the end of the month, week or day


It doesn’t matter how


It just matters that it happens


We live in a world that is constantly focused on doing more


We must make a conscious choice to take a break


To reset


To recenter ourselves


So that we can consciously choose the direction of our life and business


Now that I have reset and recentered


I have more excitement for the things to come


And I can’t wait to continue to share the excitement with you


Why is this important?


Many times as entrepreneurs, we get caught up in doing more


Doing more things, tasks, and trying to complete a never ending to do list


When the true value in what we are doing is based on how we show up


We have to remind ourselves that we are human


We have needs 


We not a robot


We aren’t meant to be


We have feelings


We have emotions


We have desires


We are human


This requires us to take time to be human


We are human beings 


Not human doings


That means that our best life is lived by being who we are in this moment


No narrative


No story line


Not being between where we are and where we want to be


But simply being ourselves in this moment


Sharing ourselves with others


Connecting with others on a human level


That is what you need


That is what others need


To simply be the best human being that you can be


That means that you must take time for yourself to reset and recenter


Now it is time for daily leverage.


Where in your world whether in your life or business, have you been focusing on continuously doing more without a break?


Is it in your life with your health or body? 


Is it in your life with your spirituality or self-direction? 


Is it in your relationships with your spouse, partner or kids?


Is it in your business or finances or team?


Once you have located where you have been focusing on doing more and have not given yourself a break and you know what you need to change. 


My question to you is this…


What are you willing and able to do about it today?


That is the end of our daily leverage. This is Jesse P. Gilmore and you have been listening to the Leverage for Growth podcast. 


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