Today, I want to introduce you to a graduated client named, Janice (name changed to protect privacy.) This is a great story to show you how you can go from stressed-out to the point of business owner burnout and through to the other side to achieving Peak Performance.
Business owner, Janice, runs a multi 6 figure business, employing 8 full-time employees and 2 part-time.
Janice loves what she does, but by the time we started working together, Janice reported she had been feeling stressed-out for the past 2 years. She acknowledged that she allowed the stress of running a business get the best of her. She felt foggy brained, always tired and wired, and her performance was suffering. She found herself making mistakes and forgetting things and to her dismay, she gained 20 pounds unsure of exactly how that happened (chronic stress leads to weight gain).
She worked really long hours, often on weekends and was never able to fully disengage and relax. And, although she didn’t feel depressed, she found she lacked enjoyment in her life. She simply didn’t feel enthusiastic about what used to light her up. She lost her zest for her work. She lost her love of what used to make her happy. She slipped into a state of melancholy, like a slow IV drip of sadness that was almost undetectable accept for her awareness of having to “drag herself around.”
When Janice shared how she was feeling with me it was clear what was happening: she had reached the point of business owner burnout.
Burning out is nothing to be ashamed of.
It’s the high performing business owners with big aspirations who deeply care about their work yet who continually raise the bar of their expectations of success, who are at the greatest risk of burnout.
Imagine if you felt you were continuously running from lions and tigers and bears for two years without a break. You’d be pretty darn tired and not very happy to boot.
Janice’s burnout was caused from running from the lions and tigers and bears she felt were in her business. She was in constant “fight or flight” for two years! Her body came to a point where she could no longer sustain it.
After teaching Janice techniques to reset her over-stimulated nervous system, the next step to healing Janice’s burnout was to understand the day-to-day experiences, that were stressing her out, and to understand her physical, emotional, and cognitive responses to the stress. This not only helped Janice to see the big picture of what was happening for her, it also enabled me to custom design a Peak Performance plan to get Janice back to feeling unstoppable and alive again.
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