The secret’s out, running a business is tough work. The constant creativity, energy and leadership required for the day to day marketing, sales, and delivery of your services, can deplete one’s energy to the point of exhaustion. As a result more and more successful business owners are at the brink of complete burnout; feeling physically depleted, emotionally tired and not enjoying life as much as they want to be. I know right now you are super busy, so I’m going to get straight to it.
DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?
- You have been feeling stressed-out for an extended period of time.
- You have been having trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep.
- You have been feeling unusually unmotivated.
- You have been feeling your usual amount of a lot of pressure…
Maybe you are also experiencing a sense of anxiety, sadness, or irritability that isn’t typical for you. Perhaps you have been feeling dis-heartened. ((( hug )))
I’m not going to sugar coat this. These are important signals that you’re on the pathway to physical and emotional burnout. That is, the state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.
Business owners who are most at risk of burnout are strongly motivated, dedicated, and deeply involved in their work. They tend to be high-performing, very successful and find significant meaning in achieving their goals and expectations.
WHAT CAUSES BURNOUT?
After years of setting and reaching higher and higher expectations, some business owners don’t realize that the normal levels of stress that used to energize them have advanced to excessive and prolonged stress called chronic distress.
While spinning on a cycle of distress, your brain and nervous system go into overdrive, directing the adrenal glands to release unhealthy amounts of Cortisol, Adrenalin and Noradrenalin into your bloodstream.
These hormones increase your blood pressure, heart rate, reduce respiration and redirects blood flow AWAY from your digestive system, reproductive system and certain parts of your brain.
Emotionally, you feel irritable, uninspired, depressed, unmotivated or anxious. You lose joy for what used to light you up, and you may even begin to resent the very work that you used to feel so passionate about.
This results in difficulty concentrating, diminished problem solving ability, higher cholesterol, weight gain, infertility, migraines, chronic fatigue, aches and pains, and increased health costs and sick days.
Then, suddenly, you are sucked into the burnout vortex where your adrenal glands stop working, you feel constantly wired and tired, cynicism may set in and you end up simply no longer caring.
If left unattended, the burnt out business owner’s business will burn out as it becomes something unsustainable due to:
- Inability to create consistent success. (Poor sleep, decreased problem solving and lack of concentration leads to relationship problems, delivery of services problems, etc.)
- Lost clients and revenue. (Not doing sales/marketing because you feel to stressed-out and tired.)
- Overspending and lost profit. (Burnout leads to shiny object syndrome believing it’s the business strategy causing lost clients and revenue when that has nothing to do with it.)
- High team turnover. (Burntout leaders tend to burnout their teams.)
WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
To effectively and permanently heal burnout requires a multi-pronged approach that includes addressing the physical, cognitive and emotional sides of the condition.
RESET YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM
Get your nervous system off the stress-response autopilot. Restore sleep, calm your mind, reduce tension.
RETRAIN YOUR BRAIN
Learn how to change the thought patterns that lead to chronic distress and result in sadness, anxiety, irritability.
HEAL YOUR ADRENALS
Commit to your plan for eating and exercise that is healthy for your body and say “no” to stress to allow your adrenals to heal.
Understand and transform the unconscious motivational drivers that drive you to drive yourself into the ground.
ESTABLISH NEW LIFESYLE
& WORK HABITS
Implement business management and priority setting solutions that ultimately break the cycle of burnout entirely.
Intensify your experience of life with healthy energy, and increased stamina and productivity while operating at your fullest potential.
THE SILVER LINING OF BURNOUT
The pathway out of burnout is the pathway to fulfillment, purpose and feeling more alive than you have ever felt before. Beyond burnout is the opportunity to achieve peak performance in whatever you desire AND the ability to experience true joy, that is, the experience of love, happiness and aliveness in each MOMENT… to be in love with life itself.
When you run your business from THIS place, you experience nothing short of miracles. Your positive energy attracts your ideal clients, team members and JV partners. You think clearly and creatively, making empowering decisions for your business quickly and easily. You enjoy feeling calm and relaxed while feeling excited and motivated simultaneously.
YOUR NEXT STEPS | If you feel you have the symptoms of burnout or experiencing excessive stress do the following: