Have you ever awakened from a full 8 hours of sleep feeling worse than you did before going to bed?
If this sounds familiar, there’s only two logical explanations for this…
Either the “quality” of your sleep sucks, or you’re about to hit one of the worst stages of your life.
Before you get confused, I’m not talking about spinning tires and doing donuts in a parking lot (although that’s fun to watch… AND do, lol).
I’m speaking about the state of being where you have absolute zero motivation to do anything.
More specifically, the dictionary defines burnout as “physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress”.
Before I dive into how to avoid this, we’ve got to figure out how close you are to hitting the wall.
And, if you’ve already smashed into it like an 18-wheeler plowing through a brick factory, I’ll share my thoughts on how you can pick up the pieces and get your mojo back!
So, let’s start from the beginning…
If one or two days a week you decide to just chill or hang-out in front of the TV rather than do something constructive, that’s pretty normal.
It may sound counterintuitive, but enjoying yourself a few nights a week won’t kill you, so long as you manage to stay focused on your goals and actually get things done.
But as you can easily imagine, this is where people screw up…
Since most folks spend so much time doing mind-numbing work in their day-jobs, the desire to drop everything and have fun can almost be irresistible.
This is due in part to the human brain being wired to seek pleasure, and anything that gets in the way of receiving that pleasure be will actually be perceived in the mind and body as a physical threat.
All things considered, if you can find a healthy balance between work and play, success may not come as quickly as it does for us work-a-holics, but if you stay the course, eventually you’ll reach your business & financial goals! 🙂
But how do you know when you’re in full-scale burnout?
That’s easy… you won’t want to do S%*T!… period!
And I’m not talking just on the weekends, I’m talking ALL THE TIME. However, the most interesting thing is the fact that not only will you be completely unmotivated to do work, you’ll have little to no motivation to do ANYTHING.
Remember the definition? Let’s go over it one more time- Physical or mental COLLAPSE caused by overwork or stress. The keyword here is collapse, and although there’s quite a few definitions of this online, the best version I found to reference for today’s topic was this:
“To fail suddenly and completely”.
Now I don’t know about you, but if my mind suddenly failed due to stress, life as I know it would be a complete disaster. To put that in perspective, burnout won’t just affect you financially… Before you have time to notice what’s happening, the extreme lack of motivation will totally derail you by manifesting itself throughout every aspect of life. Once it takes hold in your subconscious mind, it can be near impossible to make a full recovery.
Now, let’s get to the important part, which is how to escape this bottomless pit, or how to avoid falling down the hole in the first place.
The most important thing to understand is the concept of BALANCE.
Imagine your mind as one of those old-world scales, with one side holding all the work that must be done to build a successful business, and the other side is your personal life…
If the workload side constantly overloads the scale, all the important life experiences will be out of balance, and the danger of breaking down will increase.
The same goes for the “personal” side.
If all you do is hangout and party, the business will be neglected and everything that depends on it will be suffer, causing a ton of extra problems for you. To wrap this all up, the best way to prevent and protect yourself from burnout is by finding a proper work-life balance. I understand for most people this can be very challenging because you already work a 9 to 5 and are forced to prioritize everything around a job for survival.
That’s why it’s critical to set aside blocks of time to build your business… just like you would to get a work project complete, or to spend time with friends and family. Because unless you can responsibly manage time, and spend your energy where it counts, the sudden “collapse” of your mind and body is inevitable!
Thanks for reading today’s post.
Please do the best you can to take care of yourself, and as always…
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