Let me share with you something amazing: the drops of the U.S. and other stock markets have been occurring at the end of the Sabbatical year. In the Jewish calendar, the year ends in September, and the Sabbatical year (in Hebrew 'Shmita') is a once in seven year rest observed by some Jews in Israel based on teachings of the Bible.
Early last fall, I took a five-week sabbatical. By making a deliberate effort to take a step back and delegate all of my responsibilities -- by eliminating the long shadow I cast as a business owner -- I let the sunshine in. New growth emerged in the form of new leadership, confidence, and possibilities for our amazing team.
Breaking away from your regular routine will let you test whether your life can be significantly better if you live differently. Maybe that means living in a different country, learning a new skill, changing jobs or completing your bucket list. But even as exciting as it sounds and the happiness it promises, the decision doesn't come easy.