You can be so excited about the challenges you face that you don’t take time to refuel your energy. In fact, you may believe there’s no need to refuel because you love what you’re doing. Then, over time, life isn’t as exciting as it once was and you don’t feel as enthusiastic as you did. People often ask me how long it takes before they’ll feel the effects of burnout. It varies from one person to the next, but the symptoms are almost always the same. The stress feels deeper, more overpowering, and at times uncontrollable. The slightest thing makes you angry or agitated. Feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt often arise. Your energy and determination for leading people seems to have vanished.
In the video, shown below, I recall a very energetic client who was so excited about his challenges he actually began to burn out. As leaders, we are truly made for the tough times and big challenges, but we also need to be aware of our individual need to refuel our energy.
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