I DON’T BELIEVE IN BURNOUT
50 years ago, most people were working physically. Then back pain was created and there were tons of people off work paid by disability insurance. I’m not saying that back pain doesn’t exist, it does. But there was a lot of abuse back then. This is the same thing happening today with burnout. I have the feeling that as soon as there is small pressure involve, we burnout. You go see the doctor, you take some pills, you get a few weeks off and all of a sudden, you are fragile and entitled to another burnout. Really?
Society seems to have accepted and almost glorified burnout. People who burn out are good people who were working too hard. People with great hearts and generous… too much of a great heart and too generous. Really? I don’t buy that. I think that people who burnout are people who let things get out of control. People who preferred complaining to acting.
Find a balance and do what you love – You will avoid burnout
I don’t sleep much, I work a lot at my day job and I run a business. On top of that, I am an involved father and husband and even find time to go golfing all summer long. Some people will tell me that I am about to burnout that it can happen to anybody and especially people like me. Well I tell them that burnout doesn’t exist!
What’s my secret? I do what I love and I have found the perfect balance in my life. I think that most people burnout because they either:
A) Do things they don’t like
B) Don’t have a balance between work, family, hobbies and time off
C) Most importantly; they keep complaining about their situation without caring to change anything
I think this is how you get to the burnout point and this is why I will never finish as a burnout; because I know when to work, when to have fun and when to stop.
Tricks to avoid burnout
How can you avoid something that doesn’t exist? It’s easy; you just refuse to CREATE IT! People create their own burnout like they would build a house. They start with a solid foundation (not liking what they do in life) and add storeys (by not liking their work, their relationships, their habits) and finish with a solid roof to protect themselves (they convince themselves that they can’t do anything, that this is life).
The trick to avoid burnout is simple: do what you love. I already hear you telling me that it’s easier said than done, that some people don’t have a choice and blah blah blah. To those people, I will tell them to read a very old post I wrote when I quit my first job with no experience, no money and no backup plan behind me. Everything is possible, trust me.
Another of my tricks to avoid burnout is to take time off as soon as I feel tired. I take days off work, I stop writing on my blogs for a few days, I open my Playstation or I go hit a few balls at the driving range. Anything to prevent me from thinking about my day-to-day; about what isn’t going right at the moment. Then, when I come back to reality, I take action and do something to make it right.
If I have to leave you with something today, here it is:
Burnout doesn’t exist, you are the only one who can create it!
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