Feeling Discouraged or Burnt Out?

When you look at the majority of content being produced on blogs, podcasts, and social media today you will see a tidal wave of positive messages, encouragement to achieve great things, how to lists on every subject, and examples of people who have made it big. All that information is designed to help motivate you to achieve great things and in essence is positive peer pressure to work harder and to take advantage of the amazing tools at our disposal in our modern world of advanced technology.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed though?

I certainly do! We all have so much responsibility. Your career, your health and fitness, the care of your immediate family, extended family and needs they may have, and your friends. Then there are all your material possessions to care for, your home, your yard, your car or truck, and any recreational vehicles you may have. The list of responsibilities goes on and on.

It’s more than just the responsibilities, for me it goes back to all of that positive peer pressure. On the one hand, I take a lot of motivation from all of that information but on the other hand, I find myself putting so much pressure on myself because my achievements are not as amazing as the last podcast guest I just listened to for example or my content marketing is not producing a 7 figure passive income stream yet.

So what do you do if you feel discouraged or burnt out?

To be honest I don’t know and I don’t think this challenge we all face can be solved by reading a “5 Steps to Overcoming Discouragement and Burn Out” blog article. By writing that kind of article I think I would just be contributing to your feelings of discouragement and burn out.

How so?

Well to start with by writing a blog article that insinuates that the challenge of discouragement and burn out can be solved with five easy steps you set the reader up for failure. When the reader finishes the article, applies the 5 steps, and their discouragement and burn out doesn’t go away or temporarily goes away but then returns the reader feels like they have failed. This just adds to the feelings of discouragement and burn out.

So again, what do you do if you feel discouraged or burnt out?

Again I’m not an expert and I don’t know the answer to that question. I’m a successful person but lately, I feel discouraged and burnt out. Over the years this feeling has come and gone.

There are a few things that I know for certain:

  1. There is a fine line between pushing yourself to succeed and having unrealistic expectations.
  2. You cannot give to others if you have not taken care of yourself first.
  3. Taking a holiday may seem like the solution but only makes things worse if you go somewhere you can’t afford. Sometimes a walk in the park, a picnic with a loved one, or just turning off all your devices and reading a fiction novel will do more to recharge the batteries.
  4. Learning to accept that your human and discouragement or being burnt out is normal seems like a good idea but is very hard to actually do.
  5. If your discouragement leads to depression get professional help.

In Conclusion

You are a human being, not a machine. If you are pushing yourself to achieve great things in your life you are going to experience discouragement at times, you are going to feel burnt out at other times. Be kind to yourself and if the problem persists reach out to friends or family for support. Let them help you carry the load. If it gets really bad please seek professional help.

Life is not and never will be perfect. No matter how high up the mountain of success we climb we will always have challenges and difficulties. Let’s resist the urge to oversimplify the solutions to our problems and do what we can to encourage each other and help each other without adding to the burden we already carry.

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Author: Jamie Irvine

My name is Jamie Irvine and I have been a Sales Professional since 1997 and an Entrepreneur since 2009.

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