Category: Inspirational/Motivational


How to Know if Your Burnout Is Killing You

For the past week and a half, the words “rest” and “burnout” keep coming up. Every conversation I’ve had this week has included the discussion of burnout and the need for rest from it. And just about every article I’ve read has mentioned the importance of rest and avoiding burnout.

Perhaps this theme is circulating because it’s now summer time (my favorite season!). Summer is typically thought of as a season of down time and rest.

But perhaps it’s circulating because so many of us have been working so hard we’re starting to experience the effects of burnout.

I have several new clients coming to me because they’re experiencing burnout in their current jobs and recognize a need for a change. I also can easily experience burnout if I don’t take time to rest.

And just last month, the World Health Organization redefined burnout as an actual syndrome linked to unmanageable chronic workplace stress. There’s been a lot of buzz about this new medical classification of burnout since it was announced. Perhaps this is also the reason the topic of rest keeps coming up.

Hidden Signs of Burnout You Shouldn’t Ignore

The syndrome for burnout includes several physical, emotional, and cognitive warning signs:

  • Inability to concentrate
  • Feeling like you’re constantly failing
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Re-upping a bad habit (i.e. if you previously quit smoking but started up again due to the stress from your job)
  • Dizziness and headaches

Do any of these things describe how you’ve been feeling lately? If so, first, do what you can to find the time needed to get some rest! Second, you might need to consult a physician. Then, you might want to consult a career coach to help you make some changes either in your current job or to a new job.

Quote: “If you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness.” Unknown

Burnout is Toxic

In fact, if you want to live longer, a recent article says one of the 30 things you can do to live longer is to establish more balanced work hours.

The article criticizes the fact that our current work culture has made it acceptable to work over 40 hours a week, to work through lunch and breaks, and to come in early and leave late.

Another article states if management has little or no concern for work-life balance on a daily basis, this is one of  eight signs your workplace is extremely toxic.

This means you feel like you have to sacrifice your personal life and family for your job on a regular basis. Which is evidenced by more hours per week, little to no vacation time, and 24/7 availability for work communication.

How to Reduce Burnout by Making Good Decisions

This lack of balance has become our “new normal,” and it needs to return to the “old normal” if we want to be productive both in our jobs and our personal lives.

Of course this is easier said than done. It will require a culture shift in the world of work. While the shift has begun, it still has a long way to go before the pendulum will swing back to what’s considered realistic.

But there are things you can do as an individual to start making this shift in your own personal and professional life.

This includes learning how to negotiate win-win scenarios with your current supervisor when asked to take on additional responsibilities. This is something I help several of my clients with. In fact, I’m currently working with a client on this very thing.

It also includes learning to make good decisions when seeking new opportunities. Always choose those opportunities that support your personal mission statement and turn down those that don’t.

Think about what you value above a just the monetary return on an opportunity.

Quote: “There are four types of wealth:

  1. Financial wealth (money)
  2. Social wealth (status)
  3. Time wealth (freedom)
  4. Physical wealth (health)

Be wary of jobs that lure you in with 1 and 2, but rob you of 3 and 4.” @entrepreneursquote

It’s Okay to Rest and Do Nothing

It’s okay and necessary to do what it takes to recover from your burnout. This means getting the rest you need, and also spending some time just doing nothing.

If you’re like me, it’s hard to just do nothing. But The New York Times published an article by Bonnie Tsui which assures us we’re doing something important when we aren’t doing anything at all. Tsui says,

“We need to rest, read, and reconnect. It is the invisible labor that makes creative life possible.”

I had the opportunity to do so a week and a half ago. Every summer I take a weekend to myself to drive up to Kentucky to the Abbey of Gethsemani for a silent retreat. I spend a weekend in silence reflecting on the first half of the year, reading, and thinking about how to be more intentional in the remaining half of the year.

It is so tranquil and renewing to my mind and soul. I always come back rested and refreshed. (Click here to read more about what a silent retreat looks like and how to sign up for one yourself).

Since tomorrow is a holiday (and not a stressful one like the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays), I encourage you to spend this holiday and this weekend getting some quiet time and some rest, both alone and with your family.

Doing so will give you the clarity and energy you need to make some necessary changes moving forward in your career. Whether it’s learning to manage your manager, carving out some work-life balance, or making a career change to something healthier. Let me know how I can help!

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Sunday Inspiration: Get Some Rest

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”    Mk 6:31 NIV

Why did Jesus take time out to rest? So that when He worked, He’d be at His best.

And today He wants you to know that if you don’t take a break, you won’t get one. He wants you to survive the long haul, not just the short sprint.

And the first obstacle you need to overcome is guilt. That’s what makes us workaholics. We feel guilty and tell ourselves, “There’s just so much to do.”

Jesus handled life differently: “Because so many people were coming and going that [He and his disciples] did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me…to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves…to a solitary place” (vv. 31-32 NIV).

No time to eat, too many people coming and going, no time to take care of yourself—does that describe your life right now?

Some people say, “It’s better to burn out than rust out.” That’s poor advice, plus it’s not scriptural. You don’t burn out when you’re in the will of God!

Jesus said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Mt 11:30).

And the reason He could say that was because people didn’t set His agenda, His heavenly Father did.

The psalmist said, “He maketh me to lie down” (Ps 23:2).

Wouldn’t you rather go to the park by choice than to the hospital by force? The fact is God won’t send you there, but your own lack of wisdom can.

Today Jesus is saying to you, “Get some rest,” and if you’re wise you will do it!

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/get-some-rest

Sunday Inspiration: What Is Your Vision?

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

Vision. A God-given vision is a powerful thing.

A lot of people mistake goal setting for vision. There’s nothing wrong with having goals, but a vision is not a goal that you set in your carnal mind.

A true vision originates from God. It’s something that God puts in your spirit.

Vision is something that the Holy Spirit deposits into you and says, “This is the highest you! This is what I see you doing. This is My call and My dream and My vision for your life.”

And it’s always bigger than what you think you can do. It’s always greater than your ability to perform it without the power of the Holy Spirit.

Many of us come to a place in life where we’re unsure, and we begin to question, “Is it ever going to happen?” You begin hoping, wishing, praying, “Lord, I just want it to happen.”

But you must move from the place of hoping to the place of believing. When you go from hoping it will happen to believing it will happen, your faith takes a quantum leap, and you KNOW God’s going to do it!

In your spirit, you realize you’re about to step into something beyond yourself.

What is your vision?

What is it you’re believing God for? Is there something you’ve prayed for in secret because you couldn’t work up the courage to even tell someone?

I want to challenge you to believe that all things are possible. Place that dream before the Lord and allow Him to take that dream and shape it in to something amazing.

Belief is the key.

Think About It

  1. What makes your heart beat faster?
  2. Is there a vision the Lord has shown you?
  3. What would you attempt if you could not fail?

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/fasting-day-16

Sunday Inspiration: Start With What You’ve Got

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“What good is that…?” Jn 6:9 NLT

 

Observe what the disciples said to Jesus just before He fed five thousand hungry people: “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

 

End of story?

 

No, “Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people…And they all ate as much as they wanted…So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves” (Jn 6:11-13 NLT).

 

God always gives you something to start with.

 

But you have to look for it, recognize it, and put it into His hands.

 

The miracle of multiplication happened when a boy took what he had, and made it available to Jesus.

 

The Bible says, “Do not despise this small beginning, for the eyes of the Lord rejoice to see the work begin” (Zec 4:10 TLB).

 

Don’t be afraid to take small steps, just make sure they’re steps of faith and God will work through you.

 

Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Mt 16:18). And what did He build it with? Twelve flawed people just like us! But when He poured Himself into them, the mix was so concentrated that when two of them got together they could turn whole towns upside down (See Ac 17:6).

 

You say, “But I’ve so many shortcomings.”

 

We all come to the Lord damaged and in need of repair. But the good news is, you can be strong in some areas and struggling in others and God can still use you—as long as you’re willing to start with what you’ve got.

 

Source: https://www.myeverydaydevotionals.com/2017/08/start-with-what-youve-got-daily.html

Sunday Inspiration: Seeing Your True Self

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“We…saw giants…we felt like grasshoppers.” Nu 13:33 NLT

Ten of Israel’s twelve spies returned from the Promised Land saying, “We…saw giants …we felt like grasshoppers.”

The other two, Joshua and Caleb, saw the same giants but believed that with God’s help they could be conquered: “Let us go up at once and possess it…for we are well able” (v. 30 TLB).

That’s the language of a winner!

Understand this: God has a plan for your life, but you’ll never fulfill it until you come into agreement with His Word.

“But I have so many problems. How could God use someone like me?” you ask.

Paul said, “I don’t mean to say that I have already…reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me” (Php 3:12 NLT).

When God uses imperfect people, it makes us realize that He alone is our source, our strength, our strategy, and the secret to our success.

The Bible says, “The foolish thing [that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men” (1Co 1:25 AMPC).

You have a God-ordained destiny, and no excuse for not fulfilling it.

You can’t use weakness as a defense, for God says, “My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2Co 12:9).

You can’t use your past as an excuse, for God says, “Old things are passed away…all things are become new” (2Co 5:17).

How God sees you isn’t the problem; it’s how you see yourself that keeps you from succeeding!

So ask God to give you a new understanding of how He sees you—loved, righteous, blessed, and favored!

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/seeing-yourself-as-god-sees-you