Provision #800: Give your Zest a Rest

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If I am known for anything I am known for my zest. I have lots of energy and it’s hard to get me to sit still for long. I always have some new idea as to how to make life better or how to get something done or how to take a project through to completion. That’s what makes me a coach! But as I have learned the hard, even the most zestful of personalities need to rest in order to stay maintain peak performance. Want to learn how to make that happen for you? Read on!

LifeTrek Provision

As I sit down to write Provision #800, a nice round number that I claim as a positive omen in the healing process for my brain, I want to celebrate once again the importance of the Work-Rest cycle for maintaining our zest in life and work.

I have been writing about that cycle, in different ways, shapes, and forms, since I first starting writing Provisions in January of 1999. Just reviewing the titles in the Provision Archive drives home that point loud and clear, so I thought I would rest my brain this week by giving you links to some oldies but goodies. Enjoy!

Coaching Inquiries: Just look at those titles; better yet, read the Provisions. What thoughts or questions come to mind? Would you say that you are taking the time to give your zest a rest? Or do you push, push, push to the breaking point? How could you develop better patterns of rhythm and balance?

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LifeTrek Readers’ Forum (selected feedback from the past week)

Editor’s Note: The LifeTrek Readers’ Forum contains selections from the comments and materials sent by the readers of LifeTrek Provisions. They do not necessarily reflect the perspective of LifeTrek Coaching International. To submit your comment, use our Feedback Form or Email Bob.


Thank you so much for the inspirational message you shared in the VOICE newsletter. I have been praying for you and thinking about you ever since I heard about your seizures and hospitalization. I am so grateful to hear about your tremendous recovery – different than before, yes, and an amazing person with much learning to share.


Your Provisions have gotten so beautiful and emotional since your illness. It has actually restored and strengthened my own Faith.


Paper is not dead. I thought you and your Provisions’ readers would get a laugh out of this short You Tube clip: Paper is Not Dead. Enjoy!


As I sit at Calgary airport on way to Grande Prairie northern Alberta to do an Appreciative Inquiry summit on homelessness I am reading your blog. Glad to hear that you are doing as well as you are. I hope I get to see Megan when she is in Toronto to hear first hand your inspirational successes.


I am always so grateful to see your Provision in my email on Sunday morning. After attending a conference on Practicing Mindfulness and Compassion last week it struck me this morning how you have helped me pay attention to every detail of life and feel compassion for myself along the way. I want to thank you for being you and for lifting me up in life which is allowing me to lift off.


Glad to hear you are back on the road – enjoyed the ‘airline’ experience in your recent Provision! What you need is a personal pilot! All is well here – still flying full time and loving it. Keep me on the mailing list!


May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran, MCC, BCC

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