Your construction business depends on the concept of recharging in many different ways. For example, some hand tools, most electronic devices, many vehicles, and all people need to be recharged regularly.
You’re well equipped and understand a lot of things concerning recharging your phone or your tools. And you do it – whether it is convenient or not. Yet, refreshing yourself may seem more challenging to accomplish.
Following are a few tips to help you and your staff restore, refresh, and renew so you can serve your clients better.
Make it Personal
Discovering a variety of ways to recharge can be a bit of a recharging activity of its own. Planning for something other than the norm tends to shift the brain to prepare for advanced navigation. Following are a few examples to give you an idea of the types of activities you may wish to consider.
Make a list of your accomplishments.
Revisit your goals and dreams.
Do something fun -- from ax throwing to hang gliding, from book reading to painting fun abounds.
Take a break from technology – don’t be a scaredy-cat, just do it! Even one day can be worth it.
Listen to music – as loud as you want or as loud as your friends and neighbors will allow. 🙄
Call a friend – to get caught up or chat about the good old days or anything that comes to mind.
Learn about something new – on purpose.
Attend an event – being somewhere different from the norm with a group of like-minded people can be a mountain top experience – even if you’re nowhere near the mountains. 😉
Get enough sleep, eat well, exercise – you knew it was coming.
Giving can run the gamut from easy-peasy on one end of the spectrum to sacrifice on the other. And giving isn’t only about giving cash. Remember, giving can be about time, money, effort, blood, stuff, skills, and so on.
Giving is exhilarating. From a scientific standpoint, Stephen G. Post of New York’s Stony Brook University says the feel-good effects of giving begin in a particular place in the brain. He says giving triggers a response through brain chemistry in the mesolimbic pathway, which recognizes rewarding stimuli. Post goes on to mention dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin.
You may understand the scientific backstory; I don’t. But I do understand the feel-good effects – because, like you, I’ve experienced them.
Giving can be an almost instant way to recharge.
Some of the ways you can give are:
Help a friend or neighbor.
Join with an association to provide a portion of a construction project.
Give cash or food to the local food bank – when it isn’t about The Holidays.
Donate at the local blood bank.
Choose a charity for long or short-term giving.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25
Compare Yourself to Others
I know, I know. Momma told you not to compare yourself to others. I’m saying there are times when it can be rather helpful.
Sometimes comparisons can be downright uplifting, especially when those comparisons lead to inspiration or provide a blueprint for improvement.
So yeah, compare yourself to others when inspiration is your goal.
Because, some are worth emulating.
Schedule Weekly Downtime
While researching this article, I found time after time that people who write about health and other related topics suggest taking a weekly downtime, a day of rest, if you will.
From personal experience, I can attest to the benefits of taking a weekly day off and the detriment encountered when trying to maintain a seven-day workweek.
Take a quick look at this article from Inc. if you are interested in some scientific reasons for why having a weekly rest day works.
Include a day of rest in your weekly plans, and you’ll find recharging is one of the benefits you receive.
And if you want a good example, consider this, “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” – Genesis 2:2
Recognize Your Impact
There are times when it is easy to see the effect you have on those around you. From your family and friends to your employees, from your clients to the wait staff of your favorite restaurant, from the folks who attend your landscaping needs to the fellow you are mentoring in your trade association, some people are changed for the better through interaction with you.
The very idea can be somewhat overwhelming. You make a difference in the lives of all those you touch. Recognizing your impact on others can also be a fantastic recharging mechanism.
Here are essential concepts to use when considering the impact you have on others:
Keep in mind passion is infectious.
The word “just” (merely, at most, no more than) limits your abilities – dump it!
Realize that even the most minor actions matter and are valuable.
Concentrate not on what is but on what can be.
Remember, spreading what you know is invaluable.
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”— Mark Twain
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