Strategies #3 & #4: Ignite Your Passion Through Purpose

Perhaps one of the most leveraged strategies for preventing or overcoming
burnout is to re-ignite your passion for work and life through purpose.
According to Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz of Human Performance Institute, formerly,
LGE Performance Systems, “The
quantity of energy we have to spend at any given moment is a reflection of
our physical capacity.” However, they go on to point out that, “Our
motivation to spend what we have is largely a spiritual issue.

Fundamentally, spiritual energy is a unique force for action in all
dimensions of our lives. It is the most powerful source of our motivation,
perseverance and direction. Anything that ignites the human spirit serves to
drive full engagement and to maximize performance in whatever mission we are

They define this spiritual energy source as being “the connection to a
deeply held set of values and to a purpose beyond our self-interest
.” In
other words a sense of purpose is key to avoiding and/or recovering from
burnout. As you can imagine, these strategies are most powerful in
combination. Scheduling periodic STOPs is key to carving out the time to
get back in touch with your purpose in life and at work. Delegating the
‘smaller stuff’ at work will make such STOPs easier to schedule. The good
news is that once you start this process, it becomes easier to slowly
increase the amount of time you take to restore yourself, but you’ve got to
start, even if it’s only with 15 to 20 minutes a the beginning of your day,
where you sit quietly and reflect upon your life.

Seek Assistance and Support

Depending on the degree of burnout you’re experiencing, it may be necessary
to seek assistance and support from others to turn your life and work
around. Don’t try to be ‘Macho Man’ or “Super Woman.” Reach out for support
either in the form of a trusted friend, personal coach, therapist, or some
combination. Burn out is not something to take lightly. It can be a
killer. Treat it with the respect it deserves by seeking assistance when
needed. Incorporating these strategies into your life will allow you to be
like the mythological phoenix that arises from its own ashes to be more
powerful and passionate about life.

Ok, that last few days we’ve explored the challenges of burnout. It’s your turn now.
Actually, it’s been your turn all along. Are you in the midst of burnout. Often time
people in burn out are in such a state of overwhelm, they haven’t taken the time to
notice how burned out they are.

What have you found to be effective ways to deal with the many stresses at home and
at work? Share them here so others can benefit.