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Burnout, Stress and Success

Updated on August 30, 2012

Your Dreams and Desires

Emotional energy motivates you to go towards your dreams and desires and to succeed. Most successful people have a high energy about them, and a positive mood that emanates from them. Successful people can still be moody, exhibit feelings of anger, sadness, frustration, and the span of human emotions. Success is just a state of being. However, successful people do tend to exhibit more enthusiasm and exhibit more optimistic thinking.

“Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.”                                            ~ Brian Tracy

Stress, Burn Out, and Your Health

Why are Some People Successful?

How come some people succeed and others do not?  There are a many answers to this question, one answer is burnout.  People start out with the best of intentions,  the greatest enthusiasm, the highest hopes, and the biggest dreams. And we are energized by these thoughts.  But sometimes, frustration, obstacles, unanticipated occurrences, and our own fears create a vacuum in our energy. Our power, our vigor, our “get up and go”  gets used up. We lose our motivation, we have exhausted our inner resources and we have burned out. 

Signs of Burn Out

∞ Signs of burnout include: ∞

  •  chronic exhaustion
  •  sleep loss
  • · feeling hopeless
  • · feeling overwhelmed
  • · hair loss
  • · weight gain or weight loss
  • · lack of or increase in appetite
  • · poor concentration
  • · irritability
  • · easy to anger
  • · little patience
  • · nail biting
  • · increase in cigarette smoking
  • · turning to drugs or alcohol
  • · feeling “stuck”
  • · not knowing which way to turn next
  • · putting off the things you enjoy doing

Multitasking and Overload

It is important to take care of yourself. Pay attention to these signals they are alerting you to take care of yourself and you may need something more for yourself than you are doing. That fatigue you are feeling may be your inner energy calling out to be recharged. Listen to yourself, protect your inner strength, and to keep yourself and your life in balance. By doing this, you will be taking care of your mental and physical health. Balancing home, your job, family time, money, and all the demands that occupy our day is not easy. Without a balance, we become fatigued, our judgment may be off, and burnout may follow. Then we get off the ladder towards success, because our desire has diminished, our motivation is gone, and we have lost our way. Once we become overloaded and overburdened we are looking for relief, and protection from the stress we feel.

We focus on setting priorities, busy ourselves with our ever growing lists, and find it hard to say no to other’s requests. We have trouble admitting we can’t do everything. What we are looking for is control in our lives. We fear we may lose control in our lives, and sometimes we hold on too tight. We forget to respect ourselves, to prioritize our own time and to give ourselves time to re-energize. Technology overload, being inundated with emails, constant phone calls and text messages, the internet, traffic, and long commutes, calendars, appointments, and overscheduled lifestyle and everyday hassles leave us frazzled and worn out. But if you slow things down a bit, stop expecting so much from yourself, pat yourself on the back for what you did get done, and take time to relax and rejuvenate yourself you can avoid the inevitable burnout. Your electronic devices need time to recharge and so do you.

Stop multitasking. Take the time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, even in savoring a delicious uninterrupted meal with someone special, can help you more than you realize. When we watch tv with hundreds of channels to choose from, we can get overwhelmed. We don’t have to fill every hour in the day with doing something. Quiet time goes a long way too. Take the time to realize your potential, to enjoy simple pleasures, and to appreciate yourself and what you have. Maybe, just maybe, you are enough, and what you have is enough. So take the time to nourish what you have, be in the moment. Accept that you may not be able to do all you want to do. Appreciate what you are able to do. Trust in yourself that you will accomplish what you want, even if it takes a little longer, or you have to make adjustments in order to achieve your desires.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. “ ~ Confucius

Getting to the Finish Line

Take a moment to make yourself aware of how you spend your time, where your thoughts take you, and what your priorities are.  How much time in the day do you give yourself to relax.  Do you give yourself time to quiet your mind, and just be?  If you are spending all your energy in pursuit of “success”, and you are not balancing your life with other pleasures, you may burn yourself out before you get to the finish line. If it takes a day later to get there, but you are healthier in body, mind, and spirit, then the journey was well worth it. So take a good look at where you are headed and put taking care of you on your success list. Start today, because you are that important!

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” 

                                                                                                 ~ Thomas Jefferson

Avoid Burnout

Help Yourself

Ways to avoid burnout and deal with stress:

  • · eat well
  • · exercise
  • · shut off your electronic devices for a short time each day
  • · give yourself some alone time
  • · do what you love
  • · get rid of the piles that clutter your environment
  • · join a support group
  • · reach out to others
  • · connect to people
  • · get plenty of rest
  • · take care of yourself
  • · say no sometimes
  • · seek excellence in yourself, not perfection
  • · appreciate how you got to this point right now, right here
  • · be positive
  • · slow your brain down
  • · meditate
  • · breathe in through your nose slowly 
  •                       and out through your mouth deliberately
  • · get a mentor
  • · be a mentor
  • · slow your pace down
  • · believe in yourself
  • · be realistic

Success is All About Taking Care of You!

Take Care of Yourself Along the Way to Success!

The road to success may be a turbulent ride. But ever so slowly and so purposefully you can maneuver the twists, and turns, obstacles, and ups and downs that may confront you. You can do this, because you took care of yourself along the way.

Good Luck in Your Endeavors.  Keep in touch and let me know how you are doing, so I care share in the joys of your success!   


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    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      The term successful is different to each of us and I think we need to define it in a personal way so we can enjoy what we have more.

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      Excellent hub!

      I agree about your take on multitasking. I think it is more important and better for our health if we focus on the moment. As you said, taking time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life are helpful for our well-being.

      Thanks for sharing! Voted up and useful!

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Perhaps the term "success" is relative. Our pursuit of success can be rewarding, or devastating. We have the choice. I had to learn the process is more important than achieving one's goals...

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      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very well written hub on success with very good information which is in a well laid out hub design