Burnout is Real. And it Sucks!
Trust me I know.
While I was the Managing Partner of Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a staff of over 100 employees, I also launched Heritage Foods USA, a sustainable meat distribution business, while at the same time leading the charge to start The Agrarian Adventure, a school garden project at a local middle school.
For all practical purposes, I had 3 Full-Time jobs and a wife and 4 sons all under 18. Those three organizations are continuing to thrive years later, but it nearly destroyed me and I left a wake of destruction behind me.
I was totally burned out!
The World Health Organization defines burnout as a “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”
Three symptoms that are present in this diagnosis are feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job or feelings negative towards one’s career, reduced professional productivity.
A basic layman’s definition could be:
“The reduction of a fuel or substance to nothing through use or combustion.”
We literally run out of energy mentally and physically.
Recovery, as it pertains to burnout could be defined as “the return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.”
Or equally relevant could be “the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.” Primarily our soul in the case of burnout.
The good news is that there is hope. The solutions are simple, but they are not easy. Over the next few weeks we will be releasing our Definitive Guide to Surviving Burnout. If you are looking for a magic pill or a quick fix, I am afraid this Guide will only disappoint you. If however you are looking for real life answers that have been tested by me and you are ready to make significant changes to your life, help is on the way.
I promise you that if you actively and consistently apply the information in this Guide and you fully utilize the tools and resources inside, you can get to a place where you can begin to thrive and a life you truly enjoy.
Don’t wait as long as I did to get the help I needed.
Sadly, I was not the only one to suffer the consequences of my burnout. Several years later I am still dealing with many of them, especially relationships that I neglected with family, friends and business partners.
Nearly all of the wounds in my life have been self-inflicted and my burnout was no exception. While I have recovered from this dark period of my life, the scars left behind are constant reminders of what I allowed to happen.
It could have been avoided. Burnout is not inevitable.
Ultimately it is a choice. Perhaps not a choice we make consciously, but a series of seemingly small choices at the time that gradually turn into big seemingly insurmountable problems. Like the frog in the boiling pan of water.
If we wait too long to get the help we need at some point, it will be too late.
Here’s to starting our journey of recovery together, today!
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