Should You Choose to Accept It…

Taking a break after a big effort is vital to peak performance. The recovery period is important. So is the celebratory aspect of recognising your effort and achievement.

My trainer, Cindy, told me to do NO training for a few days after my True Grit run, which I completed yesterday. She said, “You may feel like working out in the next day or so and people often do because they think they need to get back into it, but they often hurt themselves in the process and you risk damaging yourself.”

It’s important that leaders give their people a break after a period of intense effort. Changing up routines, creating celebrations, having a sheer rest are all part of the peak performance process.

After the last obstacle at True Grit, we had climbed the last peak, dropped down over it and passed through the Finish Gate, to be welcomed by a crew of people offering us our congratulatory commemorative t-shirt and a beer or wine (for those so inclined) or milk drink. Every runner I could see had some sort of drink in hand, celebrating their accomplishment. It was a festive buzz all around the grounds.

If your employer doesn’t give you a break, then he’s just a lousy boss (or she – must remain gender neutral, here). If you’re the boss and you don’t do it for your people, your family or yourself, then you really are a lousy boss, because you know better and have no excuses.

Take a break!

Sponsorships for True Grit: Thank you to those who sponsored my run, in support of The Ability Centre. If you are late to the party and would still like to donate, you can do so here at

Where You Can See Me Next: I’m speaking TONIGHT, October 30, at the Rotary Club of Hillarys. The topic is “Beyond Leadership – Serving With Heart”. Join us at Hillarys Yacht Club for the evening presentation, followed by networking dinner for those who wish.

The Great Leaders Project: Spend a half day with me reviewing the fascinating stories and episodes of some of history’s greatest acknowledged secular leaders [*see following note] and take away lessons that you can apply that day. Date will be later in 2017, depending on interest. If you would like to do this in a shorter online format instead, let me know. Register your interest by email to [*Religious leaders would involve too many ontological discussions, but if you ever want to do that, let me know and I’ll work it out – I have a minor in theology and worked in the faculty.]

The Business Success Workshop: Too many people fail to thrive in their business simply because they don’t know how to put everything together to execute. We’ll spend one supercharged day together in an entrepreneurial mindset, with owners, MDs and execs from diverse industries looking to dramatically drive forward their business idea. At the same time, we’ll consider the mechanisms you need to employ to ensure that you thrive personally and don’t lose balance in your life while you pursue your mission! Tentatively planned for February 2018. Register your interest by email to

Transformational Leadership Retreat 2018: I’m using all of my coaching, educational & development expertise, research, resources and personal executive leadership experience at ultra-challenging levels to design the ultimate transformational leadership retreat – everything that can be accomplished in two and a half days does that not involve ropes and a drill sergeant yelling at people! I’ll be bringing in the big guns for designing this one and sloughing off all the dross and dregs of buzzwords and buzz strategies, so-called development and research that merely obfuscate and “lose the name of action”. If you want to be involved, or have a request for something you’d really wish you could accomplish through a leadership retreat/workshop, then let me know while I’m in the design phase. Watch this space!

© 2017 Peter J. McLean

Peter McLean’s Monday Morning Mission – 30/10/2017
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