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04/08/2019

Starting Fresh

Every once in a while we find ourselves getting bored. Things get stale. We don’t have the same excitement with our jobs or our hobbies. When we find ourselves just going through the motions, without any conscious thought or deliberation, that’s when it’s time to reboot, refresh, and recharge the batteries.

What’s the best way to recharge your batteries? I’ve found a couple of ways that are helpful to me personally that I want to share with you.

Detox from your digital life

First, I unplug completely. This is incredibly hard for me to do, because I am almost always connected to work and friends and family by email, text, etc.

Over Christmas, though, I turned off my email and texts and phone for four straight days. I did nothing but spend time with my wife and kids, read, and relax. I can tell you that I could physically feel my brain relaxing, unwinding, and clearing up. It was like a “massage for my brain.”

Have an attitude of gratitude

Second, have an attitude of gratitude. When you look at your life from the perspective of being grateful for where you are and what you have, you can see how lucky you really are.

It is so easy to forget how lucky you are because if you’re anything like me, you find yourself constantly looking toward the future about what you don’t have, what you want, and worrying about what the future holds.

If you look at your life with gratitude, then you’ll be fully present, and you’ll see everything that you have right now and appreciate how lucky you are. This will energize and inspire you.

For best results, rinse and repeat

At least twice a year, I turn off my phone, email, and text messages for an entire week. I read; relax; and spend time with my wife, my kids, and my friends. I spend as much time as I can with them. I go to bed early and wake up early to watch a few sunrises.

Starting fresh doesn’t work if you only do it once. You have to recognize when you’re starting to burn out and get too stressed. Give your brain a vacation and a massage a few times a year. The instructions on your shampoo bottle apply to your life – rinse and repeat.

Heck, I may even go fishing.

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