Building your foundation for greater capacity begins with getting enough REST. In this chapter, we will show you how to achieve optimal recovery and why it is critical for greater performance for you and your organization.

Imagine waking up after a restful night’s sleep full of energy and a clear mind. How would you feel? How would you perform? Imagine having a plan that could help you feel this way on a consistent basis.

As our world continues to speed up, it becomes increasingly challenging to balance life’s priorities. Work, family, and friends are always one click or swipe away. We are all more connected, and the demands of living life in hyperdrive leave less time for self-care. As we try to do more, the necessity for rest increases.

We have worked with many organizations that believed working long hours, with little sleep, and a heavy workload was the only way to get ahead. We all must work hard to achieve our goals, but better performance does not require grinding people into dust.

Many organizations believe rest is a soft or optional prerequisite for employee productivity and performance: “We know we need to get more rest”; (and here comes their but) “maybe we will get to that when we hit our other targets.” Rarely do organizations look at more recovery as a strategy to improve performance. But when we hear from executives about their people just going through the motions or having a deer-in-the-headlights look when they ask them to think critically, it’s usually ...

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