I have been traveling with my family through Italy for three weeks. We have hiked the Cinque Terre, sipped delicious wine in the Lakes Region, and lived like Romans in a 14th century palazzo near Campo de’ Fiore.
Since starting my business 19 years ago, I’ve made a commitment to spend the greater part of June travelling outside the USA. I know this seems counterintuitive to many Americans who take pride in never taking time off, but I feel strongly that travel is not an indulgence, but rather an essential component of being a creative thinker and business leader.
Travel, unlike anything else in life, will inspire you to master your area of interest and bring more of yourself to the world.
During our journeys, I discover who I really am and what I want to do next. The great art I see, the food I taste, stores I shop in, and people I meet inspire me. With a passionate desire to live a life rich in meaning, I find the possibilities in the mystery of what will happen next that only travel delivers.
Today, we are taking the train to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. The word renaissance actually means “rebirth” -- that period of great cultural change that followed the dreary and overbearing dark ages.
During the Renaissance, rediscovering the past became the key to understanding the future. From Leonardo da Vinci to Michelangelo to William Shakespeare, great men peeled back the layers of time to spark scientific, artistic, business and civic achievement.
Travel isn’t about leaving or going away; it’s about finding you.
Like the great Renaissance masters who looked to the Ancient Greeks and Romans for inspiration, I discover my own roots when I travel. Whether visiting Hungary to see where my ancestors once lived or going to Israel to learn about the seeds of my faith, my self-esteem grows and my creativity flourishes when the journey takes me back.
You may be reading this thinking, “but if I get away so and so may get that promotion” or “I can’t afford to take time off, I could lose business.” Here’s how I keep those fears from becoming a reality.
Get Rid Of Dead Weight
Before you go, fire anyone that you cannot count on to work hard for you during your absence. Stop fooling yourself into thinking that they’ll rise to the occasion. They won’t. Chances are without you watching, they’ll piss off your top client and destroy your reputation. I speak from experience here.
Get Out Of Your Time Zone
If you leave the country, then people will understand that you are going to be difficult to reach and they won’t expect an immediate return of phone calls or emails.
Bring Your Laptop
Get up in the morning and work for a couple of hours. Then again before you go to bed. In-between live your life and love every minute smartphone-free.
Journal Everything That Inspires You
Write down or use a recorder to journal any thoughts that come up about your business. I am constantly seeing things or hearing things that inspire me to bring something new to my work.
Toss Out Your Limiting Beliefs
I have always had a lot of fear around heights and things going really fast. When our daughter suggested that we visit Costa Rica, I challenged myself to I zip-line over the rainforest canopy, repel down waterfalls and drive an ATV through rushing rivers. I made it home safe and sound and very proud of myself.
There’s a big world out there and it’s time for you to see it. Vow to have your own personal Renaissance. See your vacation as an expedition to your soul and you’ll find your way to mastering life and business.
Also, check out these easy ways to stay healthy when you travel.
Robin Fisher Roffer is a leading brand strategist and reinvention specialist. Founder and CEO of Big Fish Marketing, she is the author of Make A Name For Yourself: 8 Steps Every Woman Needs To Create A Personal Brand Strategy For Success, The Fearless Fish Out Of Water: How To Succeed When You’re The Only One Like You, and Reinventing Yourself: 10 Steps To Shifting Your Career Into High Gear. Learn about her Reinvent Yourself! Workshops at http://relevanceinstitute.com/