"I said, 'Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest'" - Psalm 55:6.
It sounds like the psalmist was saying, "I need a vacation or holiday!" While it is good to take weekly breaks, it is also important to take extended periods away from the pressures of work to replenish, refresh, and recharge. It is not only the actual vacation that can be energizing, but also the planning process itself is a fun-filled time when the planner visualizes the end result and enjoys the benefits of the time away even before he or she departs. Obviously, leaders are under extreme pressure, and planning time to "fly away and rest" is an important part of their rest strategy, even if their plan to "fly away'"includes staying at home and finishing up some home renovation or repair projects.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to plan your next few vacations away from work. Make one a stay-at-home break. Plan what you will do around the house or with the family while you stay close to home. Be detailed and plan out every day, visualizing the projects completed and the family time enjoyed. Or visualize your time alone and how you will utilize it and how that will make you feel. Then plan another one to a destination you have always wanted to visit. Where is that? Who will be with you? What will you do there? Notice how exciting it is just to plan those two events.