STOP. You need to stop and get some air. You can not continue on this way that is killing you slowly.

Although it is not very usual, from time to time we find out by some media that an artist, some person from the world of sport, or even some free professional or manager of a great multinational decide to pause their professional trajectory and take a Sabbatical period.
In this article I would like to reflect on how to disconnect to reconnect.

If by sabbatical we understand the fact of leaving work and interrupting our usual professional activity, the truth is that only a few can get to put it into practice.

Of course, to carry it out can help to have an economic mattress that allows it, but above all it requires a great courage and commitment to the personal and professional growth of oneself.

Although the changes and fluctuations of an increasingly volatile and complex market do not make it easy, people need to be able to find spaces of disconnection that allow us to enter into processes of greater creativity and evolve towards new stages of greater productivity and well-being.

It is clear that following our dizzying pace, which also seems to be increasing, it is not easy to find the ideal state to unlearn and return to contribute something of greater value.

Disconnect to reconnect

In order to give a better version it is necessary to follow a three-phase process.



1.Clean and Empty to recover lost energy

To plant something in an orchard we need to prepare the soil well, just as to build a house we need to ensure a good foundation. And both require time, as well as knowing that when renovating the orchard or rebuilding the house we will have to re-prepare the earth and re-cement.

In the same way the personal and professional development of people requires periods where they can interrupt the work or activity that we do usually to be able to disconnect and to recharge the energy lost during the last period.

In fact the holidays would be for that, but what happens is that very often these are not used or organized in the best way, and in addition, in many cases also do not allow us to fully recover from the wear and tear.

2.Explore new paradigms

Only when the fog starts to clear can we visualize the possibilities that the environment offers us.

When we are able to get out of the perverse spiral of the high-speed train, and only after a period of physical and emotional recovery, can we begin to reflect on transcendent aspects of our personal and professional life.

With a more leisurely and contemplative attention it is possible to recover our essence and basic direction as people to understand our personal purpose and as a consequence, to rediscover our professional vocation. I invite you to ask yourself how am I doing?

3.Fill with new habits and resources

Curiosity, which visits us when we learn to unlearn, invites us to seek new paths that we had not previously considered.

When we have managed to empty our container and we have reduced our walking speed, the landscape becomes clearer and we begin to enjoy with new habits that allow us to create new things and thus to be able to approach problems from other perspectives.

When we learn to do this process, again and again (as a continuous cycle that is), we stop suffering so much and we are able to adapt and evolve in a more satisfactory and sustainable way with the world.

In the next article I will share with you a series of recommendations to create a positive spiral of disconnection.

Until then, do not forget to empty – explore – fill – empty – explore – fill – empty ...


Enric Arola

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