Burnout: Five Things I Wish I Knew Before I Succumbed to It

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If you have a job, it’s likely that you’ve either heard about, experienced or are currently experiencing burnout. A recent Gallup report mentioned that nearly two-thirds of employees have felt some level of burnout.

That’s ridiculous. Not only that, it’s frightening! Almost every aspect of your life (i.e.- working, relaxing, exercising, eating, drinking) is affected by it. What’s worse is burnout isn’t often at the forefront of our minds until we are completely depleted by it. I’m here to help anyone that may be walking (or sprinting) down the path to burnout.

1) You Can’t Sprint A Marathon

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That’s right my friends. You absolutely cannot sprint a marathon. Trust me, I’ve tried (figuratively, not literally).

Goals, deadlines, and targets aren’t sprints. The more people I speak to, the more I realize a sense of urgency is taking over. This is creating situations where people feel pressured to rush absolutely everything. Quantity over quality is now the reality for many people. It doesn’t have to be that way. It also doesn’t equate to success a lot of the time.

Setting goals, targets, and deadlines can be achieved at a moderate (dare I say, calm) pace. You don’t have to be a bull at the gates. In fact, you’re more likely to be more successful when you slow down!

True story.

2) Slowing Down Is Not A Sign Of Weakness

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