This may describe you. In light of this, consider the following definitions of burnout, some from respected researchers and others from those making keen observations. What they have to say may strike a chord for you, only confirming and helping to put a name to what you are experiencing.
Our first contemporary burnout definition came from a 1974 book, Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger,. He defined burnout as “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results.”
The current environment doesn’t meet my internal expectations. I’ve poured myself into it for so long now and the return isn’t there. I’m exhausted. And I don’t see any reason to be there when it is so futile.
People intensive work is often present. Not always, but often. Seems where you have people you will have challenges and stress.
So, what is job burnout? Some clients have said they just feel beaten down with no support, no encouragement and a big question about whether it has been worth the effort at all.
It’s not just physical and external. It’s internal and emotionally and mentally exhausting. Some have described ‘having a tired soul’.
There it is again, the ‘tired soul’. When who you are and what you have to do don’t line up, it produces stress. Stay there long enough and it can contribute to burnout.
Another definition of burnout …
I’m exhausted in every way. Nobody cares so why should I?
This is pretty insightful. Peter goes on to propose that the most accurate definition of burnout be:
“Burnout is a normal symptom (sign) of dominant personality subselves…
distrusting and disabling the person’s resident true Self, and…
feeling too confused, weary, hopeless, conflicted, guilty, scared, shamed, hurt, angry, frustrated, and bored to (a) acknowledge this and (b) correct it without help.”
All to say that I haven’t paid attention to who I am, my values, my sense of what’s right, my expectations, hopes, dreams and knowledge of the contribution I feel called to make. And now I’m too confused to see it or acknowledge it and do something about it on my own.
Over a number of years we have coached many leaders and executives experiencing overload and burnout. An initial conversation will determine if and how we might assist you.
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