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Are you burned out on your job, or your attitude?

'Burnout and stress are often self-imposed feelings.'

Posted 8/27/12

I just read an article about someone’s totally bogus opinion of “job burnout.” It made me realize some people actually are (or think they are) “burned out.”

A quick search on Amazon revealed 580 books that contain the title, or address the subject of, “job burn-out.” Yikes!

The article I read proposed a remedy of “do less and you’ll avoid burnout.” It also recommended to avoid excessive workload, don’t be overly accommodating, avoid people who drain your energy, do not overwork yourself, and they threw in job disillusionment. In other words: You’ll still hate it, but you’ll hate it less.

Why do people claim they’re burned out? It’s a self-inflicted thought wound based on taking inappropriate action, the false feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed-out, having a negative work atmosphere in general, not really loving your job, not believing in what you do and having a boss who is somewhere between a jackass and an idiot.

While burnout and stress are real, often they’re self-imposed feelings that you can overcome. Burnout manifests itself in your daily talk until it’s embedded into your psyche. Not good.

Begin your self-actualization by asking reality-based questions of yourself. Write down the answers.

QUESTION ONE: Ask yourself how much you love your job?

QUESTION TWO: Ask yourself what’s the BEST part of your job?

QUESTION THREE: Ask yourself what would you rather be doing?

QUESTION FOUR: Ask yourself where would you rather be working that could afford you the same or better opportunity (not just money)?

QUESTION FIVE: Ask yourself if the grass is really greener on the other side of employment?

Being or feeling “burned-out” or “stressed-out” is not a problem; it’s a symptom. “Why” you feel you’re burned out is the heart of the situation.

Once you ask yourself these questions, it’s time to DO SOMETHING POSITIVE ABOUT IT. Relief begins when you identify “cause,” and then continues when you create your own answers and your own truths. And change your thought pattern from burnt-out to ON FIRE!

Action one: Write down what you believe is causing the stressful feelings.

Action two: Write down what you believe the remedy could be.

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