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The Calm Before the Storm

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: You should always rest between reps.

The days between Christmas and New Year always feel unproductive to me. I get antsy amongst the chaotic travel, unmindful eating (and yes, I gave into every sweet and savory temptation, including the first rum cake I have made in 15 years), and lack of anything resembling exercise.

Add to the mix the often dreary days, grey and unchanging except for the random downpour or snow squall. And don’t forget the hours and hours of darkness…

But as I walked home the other day, at first depressed by the bleak and naked trees, another thought emerged.

The trees aren’t dead. They are simply resting. It’s all a matter of perspective.

The energy required for Spring to flourish months from now is immense. New life will burst through, much like a plane on the runway. Revving its engines.

The build-up, the preparation, is vital to flight. Without it, we can’t take off.

I began to look at these days with a new lens.

Rest between reps. The necessary break between hard work, and more hard work. The moment where forward progress is only possible because of the willingness to wait. And breathe. And recover.

Wishing you all a glorious end to 2019, and the promise of anything in 2020 and beyond.

About the author, Michael

I am an executive leader, sales trainer, and author, with over 25 years of experience delivering motivational speeches and training sessions to audiences worldwide. I have a unique range of experience, from my beginnings as a Catholic school teacher to managing hundreds of people and hundreds of millions of dollars as Vice President of US Sales for two global medical device companies.

In 2016, I published my first book, Tell Me More, to share my leadership mantra. Through a strategy of active listening and observational questioning, we become better leaders, better sales people, and we can deliver on phenomenal customer experiences. Through this podcast, we’ll see how the Tell Me More process is at work in the business world today.

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