Prepare yourself for the journey of a lifetime.

Not all sabbaticals go as we might like.

It’s difficult to set aside our identity and our egos, and go exploring.

Even those who enter the sabbatical in a positive headspace are surprised with how difficult extended leave can be.

What you do, and how much of it, is crucial, and varies from person to person, depending on their objectives, season of life, and constraints.

Every sabbatical is different, but…

Most successful sabbaticals follow a typical pattern...

Step 1: Healing

Our relationship to work is broken, but we’ve adapted to survive—and thrive—in a state we term “Functional Workaholism.” It’s not healthy or sustainable, and constrains our ability to see the bigger picture about our lives, and what’s truly important. Listen to an interview about functional workaholism or read more.

Common pitfalls preventing restoration:

  • Not taking enough time off— give yourself at least 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Not setting proper boundaries— this is your time. Don’t let other obligations chip it away.
“For three and a half years, I didn’t do anything but work. So, rediscovering everything that I like to do to heal myself as a person, without needing to turn those things into accomplishments, or specific goals, was a critical step.”

“You don’t get perspective by going to the same job for years. You get perspective by going and doing different things and getting that sense of wonder, putting yourself out of your comfort zone, and going and living in a strange place and seeing a life that’s very different.”

Step 2: Experimentation & Achievement

The process of exploration for its own sake has become foreign to us. We are so wrapped up in our workplace identities that we forget what it is to experience the world as a child does— with wonder, fascination, and a deep sense of infinite possibility.

Common pitfalls preventing exploration:

  • Overplanning and rigid goals— if you’re “doing” versus “being”, you might as well still be at work.

  • Insufficient restoration time— take the tie to free yourself from your workplace mindset to get the most of your exploration time.

Step 3: Reintegration

Your sabbatical is likely to provoke profound personal insights and personal growth. You’ll need time and space to integrate your newfound sense of purpose and identity with the older paradigms you brought along for the ride.

Common pitfalls preventing integration:

  • Re-entering “work mode” too soon— We have learned to dismiss rest and reflection as laziness or pointless navel gazing. In fact, rest and reflection are essential to your personal growth.

  • Lack of support and isolation— Your confidence will benefit from the help of a coach or a support network to give you feedback and provide accountability.

“I’m just not the same person I was six months ago. I may not know for sure what I’m gonna do for the rest of my life, but I feel more capable and responsible to create the life that I want.”

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