What Is Burnout and Why Is It Bad?
Burnout is like pornography; you may not be able to define it, but you definitely know it when you see it – or feel it!
It’s that general malaise that has you pulling the covers over your head instead of leaping out of bed. It’s the sudden urge to head to the airport instead of back to the office after lunch. It’s the no-energy, no-motivation, no-dreams state of mind. And it’s awful!
The pain of burnout is obvious
You just can’t get motivated. You feel worn down, ineffective, hopeless. The idea of moving at all, let alone moving forward, requires way too much effort. Burnout is a waste of time and energy. While you’re suffering, you could be living a fantastic life.
You’ve likely experienced burnout at some point in your life, maybe related to your business, or maybe related to a relationship, a college class, or even a restaurant. Sometimes it creeps up on you, building over time, while other times it jumps out of the blue and hits you upside the head. One day it’s all fine and dandy; the next, you’d rather poke yourself in the eye with a sharp stick rather than sit through one more day with this professor, significant other, or job.
Burnout doesn’t always come from the same source
Burnout can come from working hard and needing a break, or it can come from lack of challenge. That means that addressing burnout is going to require some analysis. You might need a good, long rest, or you might need a kick in the pants. You might need better focus on your goals, or you may need an entirely new goal.
With all these variables, you may wonder how there can be one report or article on the topic of burnout and how to cure it.
Well, you can’t. That’s why in this short series of blog posts we’re going to tackle the five most common sources of burnout and five solutions for tackling them. Whether you’re finished with your life as a whole, or you want to change your workout routine, or you need a new job, there will be some solutions for you. Remember, you may not see yourself in every situation, but if you’re suffering from burnout, you’ll definitely find some suggestions to rev your engine and get you motivated.
It’s natural to face some burnout along the way to your goals. Sometimes it’s as a result of working hard, sometimes it’s because you aren’t clear on where you’re going, and sometimes it’s because you’re not passionate enough about your end goal. Whatever your goal, and whatever the cause of your burnout, I hope that this short series will give you some concrete ideas about how to revitalize your spirit.
Remember always that you don’t have to do this – whatever “this” is – alone. If you still need some motivation or support, find an online group or coach who can help guide you through the process. Dreaming and making those dreams into reality can be a lonely business. I’d be honored to assist you in the process.
Over the next five days I will be revealing both a Cause and a Solution to burnout. So make sure to come back.
Ready? Let’s hit it.
See you tomorrow for the revealing of Burnout Cause and Solution #1.
Yours in success,