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When Is It Okay to Take a Break?

Nov 26, 2018 3:23:00 PM / by Athena Captain

Are you tired? Need a break? But don’t feel like you can take on right now? You’re busy, and people are counting on you, right? There’s no time to take a break.

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I used to believe that, and I still struggle with it… sometimes I feel like if I’m not working, then people won’t value me. They’ll think I’m lazy, and I’ll feel guilty. 

Guess what? My family isn’t the only one counting on me… every employee and contractor we employ has a family that counts on me to bring in leads week after week.

If I take a break, they might not get a paycheck, right? 

Here’s the reality: If I burn out, then I’m no good to anybody. If I run myself into the ground, don’t take care of myself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, then those people who count on me will no longer get the leads and prospects they need to sustain the company and their livelihoods.

Someone once said, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”.

You must refill your cup. Put your oxygen mask on first, then help others around you.

The Darren Hardy Quarter Method

Try this, a method I learned from Darren Hardy:

  • Break the year up into quarters.
  • Plan a vacation for the end of each quarter.
  • After that, and only after, make your plan to sprint for 3 months.

Have your prospecting plan, your personal growth plan, all that stuff you need to do, and sprint it out for 3 months, knowing you get a well-deserved, and much needed break at the end.

Then, take the break. Give your mind, body, and spirit time to recharge.

You owe it to the people who need you.


Topics: Athena's Prospecting Secrets

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Written by Athena Captain

Athena Captain is Director of Sales and Marketing at Turner & Son Homes, where her passion is building a referral-based company in a niche market. She has helped create a business model that allows Turner & Son Homes to become the “concierge” of building on land in Oklahoma. Athena has successfully led sales teams within retail, banking, and finally bringing her talent to bear in the construction industry. Athena has developed a prospecting system while at Turner & Son Homes that allows any sales professional to become a referral magnet. She will share her system in her upcoming book The Making of a Rainmaker, soon to be released nationwide. With the launch of AthenaCaptain.com, she hopes to help other sales professionals, business owners, and companies apply her proven systems to increase revenue through referrals. She was honored to be a finalist for Edmond Woman of the Year in 2014. She is active within her community as a Board member for Oklahoma Family Network, and she is on the Leadership team of Savannah Station Equine Therapy Program.

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