Overcoming burnout is a challenge that most people face at least once in their lives. But, often, they don’t even know they’re suffering from burnout in the first place. Less still do they know how it can affect every aspect of their lives.
The difference between success and failure in any situation can come down to how you choose to handle it. The approach you take will be influenced by your mindset and behaviour, beliefs and experience. And experience has always told us that working hard pays off: when you put in the effort and determination you get results.
But, we have all worked so hard for so long that we totally missed the moment we switched from working hard to working harder. And it’s at this point that things begin to break down.
So how do we acknowledge this cycle and break old patterns so that we can become more fulfilled in our lives?
Working hard: the knock-on effects
It’s true that more and more people are finding themselves working longer hours to climb the ladder . They believe this is the way to job satisfaction and career fulfilment.
So, they spend more time in the office, take work home and spend less time with loved ones or doing the things they enjoy. Sometimes, they burn themselves out.
And there’s more. The cost of not spending time with loved ones translates to acting out in constant irritation to mask the guilt and feelings of unfulfillment in the job.
Sadly, the knock-on effect does not stop there as they may find themselves starting to dislike colleagues, experience boredom and become unwilling to show up for work. Suddenly they wake up one day and decide something must change.
They’re ready to break the vicious cycle.
Perhaps they search for a new job with better pay closer to home. But it doesn’t stop there: old habits soon start to creep in, with the perceived need to work long hours to maintain their performance, and the cycle begins itself all over again.
Breaking the cycle: overcoming burnout
Deciding to make a change is a great first step. However, an important factor to the success of that change is identifying the root causes of the issue.
In the above scenario, before making the change, you could ask yourself, ‘what does career fulfillment mean to me?’
Does working longer hours necessarily mean more productivity and better performance? It could mean that your current career doesn’t align with your values or beliefs. Therefore you end up putting in the extra hours just to try and make it fit.
Additionally, if you sacrifice your core values and beliefs to get ahead at work, it will be unsustainable in the long run.
So, you need to explore exactly what needs to change before taking any action. And also, how that action will align with the rest of your life.
Through my transformational coaching and masterclasses, I can help you assess your core beliefs and their alignment with your current life plan. This help you lay down to the foundations to achieving true fulfillment and wellbeing.
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