Structures, not Stories
You are the most important machine in your business. But are you taking care of that machine with the same care as you do everything else?
Structures are the systems, the standards-of-operation tools that you can rely on when you're experiencing overwhelm, anxiety, or doubt. They help you find your North Star when you're navigating the fog.
Stories, by comparisons, come and go. They are thoughts that litter our mind when we are feeling emotionally overwhelmed. Not every thought has a meaning, and not every feeling should be trusted.
Trust the structures, not the stories.
Habits, not Hopes
You know that success doesn't come by accident, and that siting around and hoping for change wouldn't achieve anything unless you're taking actions for change.
Imagine that certain actions, however, drain your emotional energy faster than others. This is why batching actions with high refuel rates is helpful.
Habits are systemized actions that can run on autopilot. They include things that help us feel motivated, calm, and focused. The better the habits you have in your life, the less energy you have to burn to get back on track.
Acceptance, not Avoidance
Overwhelm and stress are often the result of repressing our negative emotions. Worry, fear, annoyance at things going on in our lives take tremendous amounts of energy for us to carry.
The solution many of us go to is avoidance-- we look to "vegging out", maybe with a drink in one hand and our phone, on endless scroll, in another. However, that might feel better in the moment, but it actually creates greater and greater strain in the long run. The first step is always acceptance.
Prioritization, not Perfection
They say success is not an accident, Neither is your health. The same strategies that got you to burnout isn't going to get you out of it. This means to look at prioritization in your life, rather than trying to show up perfectly in every area.
It's not about not caring or giving up, but rather recognizing that being human means focusing on a few areas at once, and giving yourself the permission to be imperfect in others.
Choose with intention and mindfulness.
Empathy, not Ego
To empathize with yourself and others is to recognize their experiences and emotions. In doing so, we can let go of the hyper-comparative self-critic that tends to populate our thoughts in times of anxiety.
To be in our ego is to see the world through a judgmental lens, to compare everything as good, bad, right, wrong, rather than seeing that our past selves deserves our compassions as much as others do. The inner-critic voice is learned from our experiences and stems from a place of wounding and fear-- that if we do not act according to a comparative pattern, we do not deserve acceptance.
Give yourself a little more love.
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Heart and Hustle
John hit a life reset when he hit burnout, depression, a separation, and the loss of a business partner all in the same year. After realizing it was time to make a change, he went on a 3-year journey of intense self-discovery, healing, and inner work. He has since then been helping other high-level entrepreneurs create systems of recovery and realignment.
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Success isn't an accident, and neither is recovery. If you're hitting burnout or about to, it's more likely the result of poor planning and scheduling.