Building a successful business and sharing entrepreneurial tips and tricks have been a focus of my blog for a long time now. I love to sharing stories and giving advice, but as I’ve said before, I think it’s time to share more high-level, strategic advice about the way I live my life.
In this series, I’ve outlined the things that make me able to make smart business decisions. For example, last week, I wrote about the importance of not being available 24/7. Along the same lines, it’s important to reward yourself in order to have a clear mind. If this sounds a little counterintuitive, let me explain.
Using your surroundings to influence better business decisions
I’ve written about the idea of Synetics (from Synetics Consulting) before and I highly recommend learning about this way of thinking. I actually wrote about this back in 2016, in my travel destinations series.
Synetics is an approach to problem-solving in a rational and creative way, with a focus on “growing” yourself out of a problem. Using this way of thinking, you’re more likely to think about wealth creation and what motivates you, providing you with more creative ideas. It also suggests that you’ll make better decisions based on your environments – e.g. a boardroom VS a business retreat with the team. Which location do you think the better, more positive decisions would come from?
This is how I’ve chosen to lead my life. So when you see me out on my boat or enjoying a glass of wine somewhere beautiful – it’s all part of my specific process.
Why it’s important to reward yourself
Three of the most influential people in my life, three people I truly cared about, all died in their early 50s from brain-related medical problems. All very wonderful, hardworking people, but they never stopped to look at the river, if you know what I mean. Because of this, I force myself to have a good time. It’s just too easy to go home and sit on the sofa, where as it’s harder to get outside and do fun things.
I work very, very hard – but I play hard, too. I have to think and strategize, but I don’t want to be corporate 100% of the time. I would drive myself crazy and burn out. This is precisely why I believe in rewarding yourself. Once you’re successful, the desire to become more successful is what will drive you because it gives you freedom.
For example, let’s say I was working from my home office in the BVI (before my home was destroyed). I would work hard in the morning, and say to myself, “If I can finish everything I need to by 1:30, then I’ll go out on the boat for 3:30 and enjoy the slack tide (when the water is unstressed and there is no movement in the tidal stream, making for great boating).
If I set out a clear plan to reward myself, I get all the work done I need to – as opposed to sitting in an office, just watching the time pass, without really doing anything.
Why it’s important to have a clear mind
Having a clear mind is only achieved after you’ve worked really hard. It’s knowing that you’ve given it your all, and you don’t have anything to second guess anything.
This is when I reward myself, have a clear mind, and celebrate with something fun – like going out on the boat. Then, I come up with some other ideas to test out, and the cycle will repeat itself.
The bottom line
I believe in rewarding myself because I’ve earned that time and I’m not taking anything away from anyone. Great ideas come from a clear mind, and a clear mind can only come from working hard and taking the time to enjoy it after.
How do you reward yourself for a job well done? Comment and let me know!
Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies, operating in the international trade, retail, leisure, and investment markets. Learn more about Giles.