Brain Break

Do you ever find it hard to turn off your brain? I do. I’ve been running at a fairly intense pace for quite some time now and I could use a break.

Thankfully, as I write this, I’m on a plane to join family for the second half of a vacation after missing the first half for a work trip. Not ideal I admit, but like the famous saying goes, "Better half a vacation than no vacation at all." (Note: not a famous saying.) 

A few minutes ago I was trying to turn my mind off and prepare for vacation when I started running scenarios of how a particular deal I’m working on might play out. Suddenly I realized I was talking to, literally talking to myself. I looked around to see if anyone noticed my little bit of crazy… and they yes, they did!

Thankfully, it was a small plane and I’ll never see any of these people again. My only regret is that no one took video of me because I would have instagrammed it myself.

I share this story because we have to find time to rest our minds, think about nothing, and reboot. It would be great if anytime we needed a reboot we could take a couple of days and relax by the beach, but that’s not life. At least it’s not mine.

My challenge for you today is to take 10 minutes to reboot your mind. Think about nothing. Sometimes I take a quick nap. I’ll set my alarm for 10 minutes lay down and get quiet. If you can't nap, go for a short walk and DON'T think about whatever it is you're taking a break from.

From time to time we all have to press restart on the computer of our minds, probably more than we think we do. Take it from the person talking to himself in seat 12A, and give yourself a much needed brain break today.

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