We often value gifts that comes from someone else. We think that they’re most valuable.
We’re really happy if someone thinks about us and give us something special. If someone appreciate us that way we also feel appreciated and loved.
It’s interesting that we expect to be appreciated,but we rarely do it to ourselves. We want to be respected,but often fail to expect our unique personalities. We want to be valued,but forget to find a value in what we do and how we do it.
But there are things that only you can give yourself, no one else.
If you’re busy looking for a new job, every break seems like a waste of time. You’re in the rush, there’s plenty to do, one more job site to look at, one more post to read, one more resume to send.
But the reality is that been busy does not equal getting great results. It’s awesome that you’re in motion. But when you’re stressed out or burned out doing more will only make things worse.
I found that when my mind is fresh and rested I come up with good ideas. And when there’s problem it’s easier for me to find the right solution.
Sometimes we’re running so fast it’s difficult to slow down. Even on Christmas. You might not doing anything, but you’re still thinking about your job and things that needs to be done. It’s counterproductive because you’re not really having any break. And you’re not really effectively working on anything else either. But your mind is still active.
Over the years I found a couple of ways to refresh my mind. And there’s one that always works for me.
I found that I need to engage my whole body to actually refresh my mind. I’m then focused so much on what I do that I can’t think about anything else.
I love winter and I love winter sports. I used to ski a lot, but for a few years now I’m fascinated by snowboarding. It’s a great way to clean up my mind. I love it.
It’s easy to tell myself that I can do just fine without taking a longer break. That’s been busy all the time will bring better results.
But when I let myself enjoy a day in a snow I found that a lot of things gets easier. I felt reconnected to what I’m doing. Fresh ideas flows easily into my mind. I’m more productive. And in the end I do more. Not less. And I’m enjoying what I’m doing more.
The greatest gift that you can receive is the one that you can only give yourself. It’s permission to give yourself a break. No one can do it for you. Only you.
It’s not only about taking break from action. It’s also taking a break from thinking. And Christmas is a great time to do just that.
Find something that you can engage yourself in so deeply it that will let you relax completely for a while.
Then you will discover that it’s really a fundamental part of finding a great job.