Over the years, I have had to learn to “Enjoy the Ride” of life. What does that mean? For me, it’s taking opportunities to regenerate, reflect and re-engage.

There was a nine-year period that I didn’t take vacations. I would come to the end of the year and realize I hadn’t taken any time off. I would then tell myself I’d get one in the next year. After awhile, I was afraid that if I took time off I wouldn’t want to come back to work. Besides, I was in a groove and didn’t want to disrupt my production.

At the end of the nine years, I earned a nine-day all-expense paid family vacation. While I wasn’t comfortable leaving my business for that long, I took the plunge. It was great! I found that the time off gave me the opportunity to regenerate, reflect and re-engage. My fear that I wouldn’t want to go back to work didn’t happen. In fact, I was excited and energized to work. I made a commitment to deliberately take time to “Enjoy the Ride.” That year, I took over two months off and was rewarded with a 50% increase in income. Pretty neat, huh?

Recently I attended the Jet Preview here in Denver. It’s sponsored by Porsche and they gave 250 people the chance to drive a Porsche on a race track. Words cannot describe the experience, so I’m putting the link here to share the video.

If this doesn’t excite you, what does? Giving yourself permission to celebrate and reward your efforts is key to future successes.

I would love to hear your “Enjoy the Ride” stories. If you would like to share them, click on the Leave a Comment link below.