Over the past five weeks, I have been submerged and immersed in a plethora of ways to rebuild my resilience in my Great Work.

However, there was one consistent method that seemed to be the most present in every single one of my guest’s interviews, and that was to very simply, TAKE A BREAK!

When we are able to take time off from our busy lives, whether it be the holiday season, a vacation, or even a long weekend, we are able to experience time with family and friends that is “unusual” than normal. When I say “unusual”, I’m referring to the simple things in life (hobbies, passions, guilty pleasures) that we don’t get to enjoy on an average daily basis.

I have a love for art. I love to draw, paint, see how watercolors flow against a plain white paper, or clashing oil paints one on top of the other. It’s an escape for me. An escape from the very verbal, chatty life I live day-to-day. When I get the opportunity to experience this passion it feels “unusual.”

Make sense?

It’s very easy for us to spend time thinking into the past reflecting on what never got done, or gazing into the future preparing for what needs to be completed in a week’s time.

I’m here to tell you to stop. Make a list of some hobbies/personal tasks you’d like to accomplish during your time off this holiday season.

Once your list is complete, go into that list, pick something, and just do it. Play that new video game that’s been sitting on your Playstation gathering dust. Finish that book that’s been settled on your bedside table the past few months. Explore nature and go on a walk to take in the fresh air.

Let 2023 be the year you discover your own resilience and discover your courage to finally divulge your Great Work to the world.

Happy Holidays! I’ll see you next year.

About the author

Dr. Amanda Crowell is a cognitive psychologist and business coach who helps accidental entrepreneurs get more clients and have a bigger impact. She is the author of Great Work, the host of the Unleashing Your Great Work podcast, and the creator of the Great Work Journals. Amanda's TEDx talk has received almost two million views and has been featured on TED's Ideas blog and Ted Shorts. Her ideas have also been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and Thrive Global.