5 New Valuable Insights From My Latest Personal Quarterly Offsite

Three months ago, I went away for my first ever Personal Quarterly Offsite and found it extremely beneficial so I made a commitment to myself to continue doing it every 90 days or so.

I recently returned from my latest personal getaway and received some new insights, which I believe will help me close out this year on a good note. One thing I kept the same as my last getaway was I went away for two nights and returned home on a Sunday.

The things I did differently this time included:

  • Chose a better location which allowed me to feel a lot more relaxed and comfortable.
  • Paid more attention to what I ate while I was away.
  • Maintained my rituals or routines which included doing something physical each day.

In the weeks leading up to my getaway, I really felt I needed a break because I had been juggling many priorities and trying to keep on top on things. Needless to say, it had been a struggle so having some time away was just what I needed.

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Here are five new insights I received while I was away, which I know will support me in refocusing on my highest priorities and taking the necessary action steps to get me closer to where I want to go.

  1. Getting away from my normal environment facilitates different thoughts. It was surprising to me when I reflected back on the types of thoughts I had been thinking that a lot of it had been triggered by my every day environments. Even though I meditate daily and use various tools and processes to ground and centre myself, my habitual way of thinking had been generating a lot of stress.

    I’ve written about the power of our environments previously and it made me relate it to the concept of GroupThink in a team environment — when we’re around the same team members for any extended period of time, we tend to start thinking the same types of thoughts, which over the long term, is not always helpful. Therefore going away helped generate new thoughts.

  2. Giving myself the space to relax will inspire new ideas. By giving my brain some downtime, it was like getting a mini recharge. I feel refreshed, relaxed and have recommitted to completing some of the things that I have not completed yet this year. I know with renewed enthusiasm, I will get them done a lot quicker and with a lot less effort.
  3. Things are not all challenging or unpleasant. I know I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to get things done and take pride in maintaining a high standard of achievement for myself. That has a downside which is, I want to get a lot more things done than I actually have the capacity to. And when things start to lag or take longer to complete, I get very frustrated with myself.

    The good thing about reflecting on what I have done or achieved is that it made me realise that I had actually achieved quite a lot in terms of creating new content and getting closer to completing a couple of major projects. So it’s not all doom and gloom.

  4. The more comfortable I get with dealing with change, the better off I’ll be. Like most of us, I sometimes don’t enjoy being taken out of my comfort zone. Change is not always easy and at times, I prefer to stick to what I already know rather than being willing to try something new. The insight I received is that I will not know what could be possible if I don’t challenge my own thinking. Results are the best form of feedback so the aim should always be to achieve new results.
  5. The things that I think are causing me stress aren’t stressful if I look at them from different perspectives. A few things had been causing me some stress for a few weeks but when I gave myself the space and time to contemplate on them, it made me realise that those issues could be solved relatively easily. Every problem has a solution.

    Voltaire once said, “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.” While some of my stresses may not have fully dissipated, I know they will be resolved in due course if I am committed to finding a solution.

Having experienced two personal getaways so far, I am convinced that it is something I should continue doing. It is always nice to have time away from our everyday life and not have to worry about our usual priorities. The benefits will help keep me going until my next getaway.

Action Step: If you have not had any time out this year, pick one day that will get away within the next three months to reflect and relax.

Question: Over the past quarter, what are some things you have done to recharge or re-energise yourself?

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