I encourage the coaches I work with to schedule their vacations and downtime FIRST...and schedule the rest of the season around that.
It’s one of the hardest conversations that we have!
I get a lot of push back, resistance, and excuses.
Here are some typical responses (I'm wondering if you can relate?):
THE NON-COMMITTAL COACH: "I can't commit to a vacation. There are way too many things that might come up."
THE 'IF THEN' COACH: "If we do well enough this season, then I'll see if I can take some time off."
THE PROCRASTINATOR: "I promise I'll schedule my vacation…'later'."
RESISTANCE TO VACATION IS PART OF OUR CULTURE
If you have a hard time taking vacation, you're not alone.
In fact, the majority of Americans don't even use their hard-earned vacation time.
Did you know that in 2015, 55 percent of Americans combined to leave 658 million vacation days unused. (GfK KnowledgePanel®)?
‘Work martyr’ an actual term. It’s a belief that vacations are difficult to take because:
No one else can do the work while I'm away
I want to show complete dedication to my job
I don't want others to think I'm replaceable
I feel guilty for using my time off
It's time to change this culture!Read More