"You work too hard." ^ *
You've heard that before.
If you are an executive in this business world, you probably
do. But if you are in good health, say the doctors, good
hard work will not hurt you. The tensions and anxieties
that go along with it probably will.
"You need to get away."
You've heard that one, too. And you did take a month
off last year. This is little good if you get away only physically—
you need to get away from the office mentally.
Most psychologists agree that this is not difficult, but
most important, for the busy executive.
It is most difficult, psychologists say, because the executive
often feels guilty about walking away from unfinished
work, is afraid he may not have covered everything before
he left, or because he got to the top by over-compensating
for his fear of failure and is afraid to take time off.
But it is most important, not only for the executive's
health, but for his business. To keep at anything too long
impairs the executive's mental vision and his view of reality
becomes distorted. Some psychologists say we have
latent sources in our subconscious for dealing with problems.
When we get away from a problem, these factors go
to work. When we come back, the solution is there.
Psychologists add quickly that they do not discourage
hard work or a man's desire to compete and achieve. They
say that the man who is committed to his work and is truly
immersed in it often gets far more out of life than the one
who never gets really involved in anything.
The secret, they say, is to relax. And they admit this is
difficult. It takes a substantial amount of self-insight and
understanding, but each man must find the way that works