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Monday, April 20, 2015

Time for YOU!

Have you scheduled free time for yourself during your adventures and retreats? Yes? Good for you!

Now go back to your schedule and add an addition 25% of free time for yourself. For instance, if you are doing a 1-day offering and you've scheduled an hour for yourself, make it an hour and 15 minutes. If you're doing a 5-day offering and you've scheduled 4 hours each day (usually in the evening or early morning), add an additional 1 to your daily schedule right in the middle of the day.

We have a tendency to believe that because we are the leader, we need to be "on" and with our participants most of the time; that they've paid to be with us and that's what we need to give them.

In reality, your participants have paid for the experience you are providing. Yes, be with them. Have insightful discussions and ask provocative questions. Then give them a reflection activity and send them off on their own. And take that down time for yourself; not to plan and prep and scurry around getting ready, but to really relax and use the time just for you.

"Research on naps, meditation, nature walks, and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity."

Source: Scientific American

So by giving your participants less of yourself and finding more time for YOU, you're actually giving your participants more. Your presence is less important than you think. Enjoy the irony. Preferably in a hammock somewhere in nature.
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