Entrepreneurship is on the rise. More and more people are turned on by the idea of sacking their boss and going it their own way by launching a business around a product or a service they feel passionate about.
And passion is a key word for successful entrepreneurs. What makes them tick is not just about making money, it is also the drive to change lives and to make the world a better place.
So maybe you are reading this because you are an aspiring entrepreneur?
Or, perhaps you already run your own business and you are struggling?
It could be that your first business ideas have flopped and you are facing failure?
Picture yourself a moment ago. You are on the starting blocks. You know your market, or think you do, your idea is brilliant, it will catch on like wildfire, everyone will want ‘in’ on it, it’s a game changer and so are you, your adrenaline is running and so are you, constantly.
There is so much to do in your business, so much energy needed and so little time. Not time to eat, no time to sleep, no time to have fun or spend time with your family. You want to launch your business ASAP and see some of that money you have been rolling out roll back in.
A wildfire spreads quickly. It burns everything in its path. Very soon so are you, burnt out, mentally, physically, emotionally. And it’s not just you, your relationships are burnt out too.
You are the ideas person, the creative, but you have nothing in the way of a business plan, financing, strategy or management. What started out as a passion now feels more like a tragedy. There are victims everywhere.
In the aftermath, you list the reasons it all went wrong; the government, the tax system, the market, the business partner, the investors who couldn’t see your vision.
Maybe just maybe you were also part of the problem? When you have taken inventory of your business think when was the last time you took inventory of yourself?
To bounce back from burnout you need to take stock of how YOU went wrong. How your talent, drive and creative ambition drove you to the wall. I see too many people in my consulting room going wrong on these absolute basics.
Start by asking yourself these three things:
How much sleep do you really need to function well?
The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following;
- Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours
- Adults (26-64): Sleep range is 7-9 hours
- Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours
What is your diet like?
Irregular and long working hours play havoc with your diet. Energy drinks, caffeine and sugary snacks give you a quick boost but along with alcohol, nicotine, cannabis and cocaine they play havoc with your body and your mind. If a client tells me they suffer from anxiety my first questions are; ‘how much coffee or tea do you drink in a day?’ and ‘what alcohol or drugs do you use?’
There may be underlying psychological reasons for anxiety but I always start with the basics.
What do you do to manage stress?
Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action. Becoming aware of and managing your stress levels is essential to avoid burnout.
A Personal Wellness Assessment can help you bounce back from the brink of burnout.
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Burnout is a gift. It’s a wake-up call. Are you awake?
Or, will you continue to sleepwalk?