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Why taking a vacation can improve your health and wealth!

The Q Wealth Report
18 August, 2008

Next week, I’ll be flying from the Caribbean over to Europe to enjoy what I consider is the best time of year in Europe. Summer – when the weather is great, and everybody’s more relaxed and happy. I’m taking a month-long holiday.

Are you surprised? Jealous? You may be. You might be thinking “Peter must be doing very nicely, thank you” or even “Peter doesn’t care about his clients.” But I am confident my holidays will pay for themselves many times over, and that the quality of my service and information for my clients will improve once I return, refreshed and reinvigorated.

If you want to become wealthier and freer, you should seriously consider taking this kind of vacation too. Here’s why.

If you’re anything like me, you are addicted to the internet. I get hundreds of emails per day and process most of them myself. The daily influx grows all the time. This year, I’ve added RSS feeds from many news sources and blogs that I need to follow for my writing, which has generated hundreds if not thousands more headlines to read – every day!

But here’s the secret. Once you realize that you can turn off the noise for a few weeks without the world coming to an end, you will find yourself liberated in a way that few people will ever know.

As a writer and businessman, having some time to get on with new projects undisturbed is of great value. But even if you’re not a writer, all of us need free time to contemplate without distractions. To spend time with family. To make plans for the future. To take a step back and see how far we have come, and set goals about where we really want to go. If we don’t know where we are going, we are surely not going to get there!

The danger of being in constant communication with the world is that you will fall into that classic trap of being “too busy earning a living to make any real money.”

Many people go on vacation, but don’t turn off the Blackberry. And as tempting as it is to "just check e-mail for one minute," it really doesn’t work like that, does it? Any problem you find in your inbox will linger on your mind for hours or days after you shut down the computer, rendering "free time" useless with worry. It's the worst of states – you experience neither relaxation nor productivity. Another important lesson I’ve learned is that time without attention is worthless, so you should value attention over time.

Will little problems happen? Yes. But put them in perespective. They can be solved. It’s also a great opportunity for team confidence-building: force your people to solve problems on their own, and you might be pleasantly surprised at how things work out. It will build their confidence and your confidence in them at the same time.

The important “big picture” thing is to move on with your life, know where you are going, and make things happen to achieve your goals. These things will more likely happen while you are sitting on the beach or by the pool relaxing, than they will while you are sitting in an office answering emails about trifling matters. And if you do make the time for the big picture goals but you puncture this time with distractions, you won't have the attention to make effective use of it.

The challenge is to allow urgent things to "fail" - even for a few days - to get to the next level with your potential life-changing and wealth creating tasks.

That’s the challenge I’ll be taking when I leave for my vacations next week. You can do the same.

Look forward to more blog entries about Freedom, Wealth and Privacy. I hope you enjoy them and that you can use the information here to benefit your business and your life. In turn I would much appreciate your feedback, comments and questions. I can be contacted via info@petermacfarlane.net Just remember I won’t answer until mid-September!

Peter Macfarlane is joint editor of The Q Wealth Report an established newsletter dedicated to informing readers about creating, protecting and growing wealth in a secure offshore environment. It also covers international living, banking, retiring and investing. Visit www.QWealthReport.com to see more.


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Peter Macfarlane of The Q Wealth Report blogs on Freedom, Wealth and Privacy qwealthreport.com


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