“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Winston Churchill

For many of us, the month of May is a time of change or at least a time when we contemplate change in our lives.  We may start thinking about summer vacation. May is also the time for graduations.  I will be attending two different graduation ceremonies this month for grandchildren – one for high school and the other for grammar school.  While an obvious “break” may be on the minds of my grandchildren and their parents, it may also be true for many of us during this time of the year.

If you have ever had the experience of being on vacation and truly forgetting work, or your current daily schedule, you can understand the real value behind taking a break.  There is substantial evidence that points out the importance of this change in pace.

Do you know someone who often brags that they do not have time for a day off?  They are too busy. “I do not have time” is the phrase we frequently hear. Perhaps this shoe fits on you. This is sad because being busy may actually lead to less productivity.  And less productivity can lead to less success.  

Winston Churchill believed in the importance of changing your pace.  As important as routine may be, he felt that routine should also be changed.  “Change is the master key,” he wrote. “A man can wear out a particular part of his mind by continually using it and tiring it, just in the same way as he can wear out the elbows of his coat.”  Churchill went on to say, “To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies.”   Do you struggle to have just one? Do you spend regular time each week, in your hobby? Would your life be more successful if you did?

Churchill’s desire to change his own pace led him to embrace multiple hobbies. For him, changing the pace was not just a fun addition to his life.  It was essential.

Would it surprise you that he took afternoon naps? And, he did not apologize for them.  By dividing up his day before and after his nap, he felt like he was doing the work of two days.

Breaks and vacations are embraced during the summer months.  Taking time off after graduation is a given. It is a pattern that is accepted in our world. But, vacations and breaks can also be taken throughout the year.  Churchill would say that breaks are a requirement for living a successful life.

As we enjoy our summer vacation or a welcomed pause after graduation, is this a good time to think about making breaks a regular part of our life? Is an afternoon nap too radical or impractical? If so, what other options, such as hobbies are available to make change a vehicle for success?

Because I want to live a highly successful life, change is a necessary ingredient.

I plan on taking vacations on a regular basis.

I will have more than one hobby.

I will daily take a break!