Yesterday I blogged that I spent the weekend in Nashville and that I met Abraham Lincoln.

I promised proof, and here it is.

The getaway was a great time for my wife and I to escape the busyness of life these past few weeks and get some rest.

We had an amazing time together, ate a lot of great food, and had a chance to have some long talks without being interrupted by our normal responsibilitites.

It was definitely a time of refocusing.

While Stephen Covey encourages the habit of “sharpening the saw” in his Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, it was Abe Lincoln who first said, “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my axe.”

When was the last time you pulled away from the grind of your routine and sharpened your axe?

If you find yourself struggling to find momentum it might just be that your blade has become dull.

I encourage you to clear your calendar and pull away.

No one can take a break for you.  It is up to you to exercise self leadership and do the right thing.

I did it.  Abe encouraged it.  Now it’s your turn.



When was the last time you had a break to refuel your life and leadership?