People today are working so hard that burnout is on the tip of all our tongues -especially those of us who are students of exceptional performance or are exceptional performers ourselves.
Hard work has always been valued in our culture, but has made a strong comeback with the “hustle culture” promoted by personalities like Gary Vaynerchuk (who clearly leans on tip 3 and 4 btw).
The thing about hard work is that, like almost anything, it is a skill that people need to practice to become proficient. If you don’t master the skill of working hard then you’re going to flame out or burn out and people who are burnt out aren't going to inspire people with their performance.
If you have been feeling down about your job or are thinking about moving on or starting a new career, then you're probably burnt out.
Here are the best ways to deal with your burnout:
Move on - this is one of the most obvious options, but depending on your life circumstances it can be very easy to do or very difficult to do. Personally I've transitioned into and out of careers several times in my young life because I treasure variety and the thrill of new challenges. As I've gotten older and gotten more responsibilities this has become a more measured process, but being stuck doing something I don't want to do is simply not a reality I'm willing to accept. If you’re going to make the decision to move on, you need to do so after you’ve really evaluated your values and your life blueprint, preferably with an awesome life coach.
If you are an employer, build these tips into the fabric of your company and watch your productivity and happiness soar. If you’re an employee, start a dialogue with HR or the decision makers to start redefining your company culture and increasing productivity and improving the culture. Put the Peak Performance book (one of the easily readable books that greatly influenced a lot of my ideas on peak performance) in your CEO’s hand and see if you can initiate change and understanding.
I once read in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zen Living that if you’re not happy doing something either don’t do it or make peace with why you’re doing it (zen was so appealing to me in my youth because of its simplicity) and it sunk into my head and dictated how I view the nature of being “stuck” and burnt out. You don’t have to live frustrated and bored and these steps will certainly help you avoid the burnout that is plaguing our work world right now.
If you’re struggling with burn out, your company has a problem with burnout, or think you could do more, schedule your free coaching session with me and I will gladly help transform your life for the better.
Your life coach.