Have you ever felt exhausted as you go through your daily routine? Overwhelmed with even the small tasks at work? Or felt that no matter how much you rest, you still feel tired by the end of the day?
If yes, then you’re not alone. Most people experience this on a regular basis.
Recently, a dear friend of mine faced acute burnout. It was a very serious and devastating experience, to say the least. She could not even physically move. She was unable to do even the simplest of things.
Her recovery from severe burnout took several weeks. That’s a lot of time to just get a little better.
In today’s fast-paced world, there are too many people dealing with burnout. A 2018 Gallup study of 7500 full-time employees found that:
- 23% reported feeling burned out very often.
- 44% felt burned out sometimes.
The study found that 23% of burned-out employees are more likely to visit the emergency room.
At the very beginning of my career, I experienced it as well. However, over the years, I have learned how to deal with burnout. And I want to share my simple techniques with you.
You can implement them right away and see a difference instantly. Instead of feeling stressed in your career or business, you can focus on building your success.
But first, let’s answer…
What is Burnout?
The term “burnout” was coined by Herbert Freudenberger, in his 1974 book titled Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement.
He defined it as, “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results.”
In other words, burnout is a state of mental and physical exhaustion. That means it makes you feel hopeless – both mentally and physically.
Burnout leaves you feeling that you have hit rock bottom, feeling alone, or just unable to cope.
You feel emotionally shut down. And incapable of handling the smallest of things that are in front of you.
Burnout could even lead to decreased immunity. It can make you vulnerable to illnesses like common colds and flu.
Here are the 10 most common signs of burnout, that you should look out for.
So, if you feel like every day is a bad day…
You need to learn how to deal with burnout. In your career. And your life. Stop it from taking over you. Prevent it from taking you down the rabbit hole of health problems.
What I Found To Be The Hidden Causes Of Burnout
I meet a lot of business owners, corporate professionals, and freelancers in my day to day life. Whenever I have a conversation with someone who seems burned out I ask them if they know why.
They usually blame their workload. They say they don’t know how to get started on something. Or how to handle everything they have on their plate.
In a 2017 North American study 39% of respondents cited workload as the leading cause of stress.
Another 2017 study of 1029 people found 70% of US adults handling management responsibility felt stressed, either often or sometimes.
However, I always ask people to dig deeper. Think harder.
Before learning how to deal with burnout, it is important to find the root of the problem.
I noticed these three deeper and hidden causes of burnout…
A Constant Fear of Failure
This is by far the most common hidden cause – Fear. The mind is always fearful of something. Isn’t it?
Aren’t you always afraid of losing something?
It’s some form of fear that triggers the burnout. Most commonly it is the fear of failure.
Constant and deep-rooted fear of failure.
I am sure you have had this thought, “If this doesn’t work, what would happen?”.
Because you don’t want to disappoint your family. Or people around you. And most importantly you don’t want to disappoint yourself.
Too Much Of Self
What I also realize, when people focus on themselves too much, they get burned out easily.
If you are a business owner you work hard all the time. Working on weekends and holidays. Even slaving nights. You want to become successful. There’s nothing wrong with that.
But, what drives you? If you are always driven by your ego, you have a problem.
Yes, the ego is a very powerful fuel. But, it is a very dangerous driver.
Or maybe you have a corporate job. You want to get that promotion. That pay raise.
You’re a competitive person trying to ‘make it’ in this cut-throat world. So you work, work, and you work.
Is it all about you, all the time? Then you have a disconnect from your “why”. If yes, you are very likely to get burned out.
Striving For Perfection
Another thing I notice why people get burnout is that they focus on perfection. They try to make everything perfect.
Everything has to be lined up. They think they can’t afford a tiny bit of error.
They’re uptight about it. And here’s what happens…When you focus on not making mistakes, you make mistakes. Click To Tweet
And that’s how you get burnout.
How to Deal With Burnout? What Worked For Me…
At the beginning of my career, it was very easy for me to feel overwhelmed. To experience burnout.
At the end of the day, I just felt drained. I felt like my life was sucked out of me.
I was very driven and I was able to push through. But, I always felt tired all the time. And I wasn’t sure why.
I kept thinking to myself, why do I feel that way?
Fast forward to today. I’ve become a lot more mature and wiser. I’ve gone through a lot of things.
The “me” today can take on so many more responsibilities. I am a lot more productive.
Why am I able to handle so much more compared to how much I could before?
What is the secret?
I want to share the things that I do in my career and my life to deal with overwhelm. My ways on how to deal with burnout. The counter to the causes I mentioned earlier.
I am not saying they are the definitive cure. But, they have worked for me. If you find them helpful, test them out.
See if it makes a difference in your life.
Replace Fear With Gratitude
I always start my day with an attitude of gratitude. Every morning, I spend 10 minutes focusing on what I am grateful for. Here’s a video I created about Attitude of Gratitude, which you could start your day with.
I focus on the little things in life. The ability to breathe. To be able to see and hear. The ability to communicate and express my feelings. To be able to walk. Having family and friends in my life who care about me.
We, humans, are very interesting. We can’t express fear and gratitude at the same time.
At any given moment, you could be either grateful or fearful. When you’re grateful, you can’t be fearful. If you start your day with a heart full of gratitude, your fears will disappear. Click To Tweet
When there is no fear, there is nothing to lose. Because while you’re striving for more, you’ve got everything you want and everything you need, right now in your life.
Think about it…
You are better off than most people out there. There are people who don’t have any security. People who don’t have a roof over their heads. Kids who are starving for food.
So, ask yourself…
What are you grateful for?
You answer that question and your fear will disappear. Then the burnout will disappear as well.
Look Beyond Yourself
Ego is like gasoline. You light it. There is a fire and then it disappears.
It is a temporary driving force. It doesn’t last and can make you feel tired very easily.
So, how to deal with burnout caused by ego?
Find a true, strong “why” that drives you. A bigger why that is beyond yourself. You’ll realize that you will experience less burnout.
A driving force that is not focused on you alone. Instead, focus on other people. I find that is a way more powerful fuel. It gives you a lot more longevity.
If you can look beyond your ego, you will avoid feeling burnout. This will help not only in your career but in your life, as well.
What am I working so hard for? This will also help you in setting more meaningful goals. You will avoid feeling exhausted all the time.
Prioritize Progress Over Perfection
When you focus on every little detail, you are unable to deliver value. It prevents you from doing your best. And that’s how you get all uptight which leads to burnout.
So, forget trying to be perfect. Instead, focus on making progress. Even a little bit of progress.
So, fail forward. Make those mistakes. It’s no big deal. Learn from your mistakes. And improve yourself.
Remember, in the big scheme of things, nobody cares. People only care about the outcome.
Why My Team And My Students Rarely Experience Burnout?
I run multiple multimillion-dollar businesses globally. It is natural that I have to do a lot more than most people. I have a lot more on my shoulders than most people.
Hence, I’m responsible for a lot more things.
At this stage of my life, I don’t experience burnout. Maybe rarely, if at all.
Not because I am gifted. It’s because I focus on the things I talked about.
But, there’s one more thing…
A weapon that has helped me cope with anything that comes my way. That has given me complete control over my life. Given me absolute and unshakeable financial confidence.
I have the ability to generate income for my family regardless of the economy. That has brought me true freedom and peace of mind.
Over the years, I have given this weapon to my team and my students too. Armed with this weapon, they know how to deal with burnout. They rarely feel it.
This weapon has given them the independence to live life on their own terms.
There is nothing more liberating than having direct control over your time, income, and your future. Isn’t it?
What is this weapon I am talking about?
With high-income skills, you don’t stress out about your finances. It is the mental peace of feeling secure about your future, that can help prevent burnout. Once and for all.
Here’s a list of high-income skills that you should consider adding to your skillset.
However, I suggest you start with the one that is most suitable for your personality, interests, and background.
Here’s a quiz that can help you find out which high-income skill is right for you.
If you develop the right high-income skill…
You will never have to worry about how to deal with burnout in your career, ever again.