Sometimes you have to quite literally get away from it all to gain a new perspective on life and how to move forward both personally and in business in ways that reflect your own evolution.
That’s what I’ve just done by flying half way around the world, leaving behind the world of West London for the tropical island of Bali, over 7,000 miles away.
And while this is a much needed opportunity to recharge my batteries, it’s more than just a holiday. This will be an extended visit of several weeks. It will be a chance to write my second book and to experiment with an entirely new way of thinking, living and working while travelling as I split my time between Britain and other parts of the world.
Just a few years back, that wouldn’t have been possible without making massive decisions about your life. Today, thanks to the internet, I can do what I have to do pretty much anywhere I choose. I’m no longer geography or location dependant. And each day it feels this was the right decision.
All the same, there are challenges for which I know I will find solutions. In fact there’s a real thrill in finding out. Right now, everything is exciting as life flows along and I’m adapting to it.
Of course, you don’t need to come quite as far as I have to gain that new perspective or to shake things up in your life. Here are some thoughts on how to do it.
1. Treat your time off as a valuable resource.
Take your rest and recuperation (R&R ) time up front. It’s much easier to get a fresh angle on life when you feel energised and when your ordinary life is at a distance.
2. Every day counts.
Try to take an extended break when possible. Knowing you don’t have to hop on to a flight back home in two weeks is immensely liberating. Suddenly, you can think long-term, so your life takes on a different pace and opens up fresh opportunities.
3. Step out of your comfort zone.
One of the great benefits of going to a new country is that so much is different. New people, new places, new culture, new weather, new food, new customs. So don’t hide away and get involved.
This can be uncomfortable sometimes, and yes you will miss the little things you love in life, but not for very long. You will adapt and create a new way of living soon enough.
4. Life is a journey not a destination.
Use your break as a catalyst for change without forcing the process. Settle into your new surroundings first and let thoughts and ideas come to the surface. Start exploring them, testing out what might work. Be guided by your feelings and intuition and not so much by your logic. You think enough in your everyday life, now is the time to feel and flow.
5. Think about making ‘ecological’ decisions.
Holidays are a great time for making life-changing decisions, they need to be based on what’s right for you and your family as a whole. Take your time to assess where you’re at. There will always be more opportunities to test the waters so there is no need to rush as it’s easy to get carried away and make ‘big gesture choices’ that feel great in the short-term, but what about next year?
6. If something matters, you will find the way.
If you think a flexible lifestyle is right for you, then take advantage of all the help and support that’s out there from the communities and co-working spaces that have been specifically set up to help you find your feet in your new location. Here in Bali for instance, there are already eight communities doing just that.
7. Do your research.
There are few restrictions on where you could go. The only thing you really need to be sure of is a fast and reliable internet connection. That may limit you a little, keep searching for it, and you’re likely to find a reasonable service, particularly in and around cities and larger towns.
So even if you are running a business currently, or thinking of setting one up, you can do it away from ‘home’, and that makes the world a much more exciting place.
They say that travel is good for the soul, and it is. So if you want to reboot your life, perhaps it’s time to rethink yourself as a citizen of the world and expand your reach.
Maite Barón is a multi-award winning author passionate about courageous leadership, happiness and wellbeing. She is a co-founder of The Corporate Escape™, which specialises in helping professionals rekindle their passion for life and reinvent themselves as business owners. She’s an international speaker and a regular contributor to the influential Huffington Post, Global Banking and Finance Review (GBFR) and Entrepreneur.