Everyone says you have to go out and get it. Goals don’t come to you you have to go to them. Often that means networking, pressing flesh, stepping outside of your comfort zone, building a team, etc. These things are often glorified as making “moves” and while these things are paramount to success, there something else that isn't covered often..isolation.
Isolation is often termed as a bad thing. Truthfully it often is. Isolation though is not different than fire. With the right control it can warm you, cook your food, and even sterile your tools. In the wrong hands it can kill, maim, and cause billions of dollars in damage. Isolation can be bad in business in success because it will force you to learn the hard way and more slowly. It will leave you inflexible and often starved for resources when attempting to reach the goal.
Isolation in the right hands can be one of the most powerful tools in your success arsenal. Isolation removes distractions and can increase productivity when completing . Isolation allows for unfettered self reflection and self inventory. Isolation can allow for proper rest and recuperation. The touch that knowing how much isolation is good and how much is a detriment. The amount is not one size fits all. I had a lot of trial and error and figuring it out, and only reached a happy medium through experience.
There were times where I’d isolate myself for a week at a time to get super productive.I used to call “Monk Mode” and man was it a mistake. I would kill whatever task I was working on, but the world can change a lot in a week and I was usually very slow to change. There are other times I would be calling agents, setting up interviews, meeting with sponsors for months straight. That was dumb too. Only because i was moving on a plan (which is good) but never allowed myself time to do a status check and recharge (which is bad).
Like most powerful thing knowing when to seclude yourself is a balancing act. It can be difficult to teach someone else when to do it so the best teacher is almost always experience. Sometimes though you've got to press the emergency button on seclusion. When you feel burnout (burnout, not laziness) is imminent, push that button. When you feel unavoidable fatigue, push that button. When you feel like you're close to doing something stupid, push that button.
Seclusion ain’t easy for some of us. Maybe your like me and those inner demons like to show themselves when you isolate yourself. Maybe its as simple as being a parent without a standby babysitter so you don't get to have a break. Its important you make for some alone though. Because when you don't choose some seclusion time, life has a real funny way of forcing it on you in a way you don’t like.
Don't consider it a time out consider it a recharge.
- Rob Immortal
Rob Immortal prides himself on being the 6'4" Black, Loc'd, and Bearded version of one Daria Morgendoffer. The last male heir of a family of Misanthropic Bamas, he enjoys Oreos, exotic dancers, fine leather goods, and anything related to black empowerment. Entering the first stage of his evolution into a millennial curmudgeon, he writes on observations as a black married man.