Everybody Needs A Refill – How To Vacate Your Vacation Blues

July 25, 2013 — 3 Comments


Lately, things have been very busy!  It’s been difficult to keep up with work, family, business, etc.  My energy has been waning since we came back from vacation.  That’s why I decided to write a different kind of post this week.  This one will be laser focused on re-energizing my readers and myself!

Everybody needs a refill now and then.  It’s why we take vacation in the first place.  The problem is that we often come back just as exhausted as before (if not more).

Suffering from that myself, I decided to refill my tank in a different way.  I wanted (more like needed) to tap into that deep inspiration that got me going on this journey in the first place!

So, I started re-reading the book, “Do The Work” by Steven Pressfield.  There are more than a few surprises in this tight work of art; here is one powerful quote that I found hiding in this little gem of a book:

“In other words, fear doesn’t go away.  The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.”

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The battle takes place everyday.  It seems so simple, but there is power in this statement!

Does a warrior give up in the heat of battle?  He can, but it’s probably not a good idea.  Even if knocked down, he must rise quickly or else!

How many days have you felt like giving up in the past few months? 5, 10, 15?  I’ve had few myself.

It doesn’t really matter.  If you had any good days, that’s better than none!  Focus on those and try to make more!

The Battle Goes On

My personal battle is fought one interaction at a time.  Every time I talk to a frustrated team member or a strained leader, it’s time to lock-n-load.  It’s time to dig deep and find the strength to shepherd them forward:

“Giving energy to them gives energy to me!” -Me

That’s not to say that there aren’t days where I turn a blind eye.  Days where I decide not to share the hard truth.  That’s just fear poking in it’s ugly head:

“Fear saps passion.  When we conquer our fears, we discover a boundless, bottomless, inexhaustible well of passion.” -Steven Pressfield, “Do The Work”

If I do let fear creep in (once I realize it) then I just focus on the next day.  I make sure tomorrow will be different!  The tank refills when I start to dream…

There’s a future that I dream of.  One where greatness is afoot.  Work-lives are being changed.

One where great teams are being built from mediocre ones.  A future where people are engaged with a sense of purpose and organizations are beaming with new ideas, efficiencies, & products.  One where leaders are growing in every direction and character & trust is their cornerstone.  One where customers are more than customers and they know it; and are willing to pay for it.

Now that gives me hope!

What about you?  How full is your tank right now?  How will you refill it?



  • It’s essential we have and maintain the level of our “tank.” I read, relax with family, and write to fill my tank. Great post and thoughts!

    • Hey Dan! I’m with you on all that! It’s funny, when I wrote this post, my tank was running a little low after being on vacation. Now, after being back for over a month, and getting back to my routine of reading, writing, etc…I feel much better.