Have You Considered A Sabbatical?

June 23, 2011

Have you considered a sabbatical? It has been documented time and again that sabbaticals are a healthy thing, yet we as individuals and as organizations never seem to find the time.

For an organization, they become powerful tools for recharging your people and then for retaining them.  For an individual, they can be incredibly life-giving.

Michael Hyatt has a great post on the five benefits he received from the sabbatical he just finished. His observation was that a sabbatical gives you the opportunity to:

  1. Recharge physically and emotionally. This is more important than you think. We were made to surge, then rest. We can’t just go, go, go, and expect to function optimally.
  2. Slow down and enjoy being. God made us human beings, not human doings. 
  3. Reconnect with God. Everything in contemporary culture conspires against the pursuit of the only One who gives meaning to everything else. 
  4. Gain clarity on my priorities and goals.
  5. To secure alignment with your spouse. As the prophet Amos asks, “How can two walk together unless they are in agreement?” (see Amos 3:3). 
These are some powerful reasons to consider your own sabbatical.
So – what is preventing you from taking a sabbatical?  What are your next steps?
BG