I’m sure we can all agree that at some point in our lives we’ve experienced burnout.
No matter how much we love what we do, we sometimes hit a roadblock that causes us to reroute and get back on our path.
For entrepreneurial leaders, there’s really no “off” switch.
We’re like the Energizer Bunny… we keep going and going and going.
Burnout isn’t an option so we have the tendency to let our passion drive our approach.
Think of the phrase, “An unguarded strength is a double weakness.”
Passion provides entrepreneurs with the ability to creatively find new ways to solve problems and build their business.
But if left unguarded, that passion can drive leaders to always be “on.”
How to Avoid Burnout
I think it’s important to allow ourselves the chance to indulge in the things that remove us from the grind to recalibrate and spark our curiosity.
For some people, they like to go skiing or golfing. Others like to attend sporting events or visit museums.
Whatever it may be, I believe that having passions beyond our work is a great way to rejuvenate, reenergize, and stay fresh at our core business.
Personally, I tend to approach other things that I love with the same mindset as I do with work.
Whether it’s family, fitness, community work, or coaching basketball, I assess the situation, define the problem, develop creative solutions, and build action plans to hold myself accountable.
Then, I passionately attack the endeavor.
Each of those areas in my life brings with them a different set of challenges, successes, and failures just like my core business does.
But, focusing on one for a while and then moving to another and another works to keep me engaged and energized.
We all have our own unique ways on how to avoid burnout and for me, it’s keeping busy and adding variety to my day to continually engage my different passions and interests.
How do you fight burnout?