Have you ever thought about what pushing yourself in order to get a result that you desire could be costing you?
Maybe you’re hearing the messages of “I just need to work harder” or “I need to work harder faster”?
One possible result could be just getting yourself on the path of burnout.
For me personally, the past 18 months have been filled with many challenges. I have been walking through deeply draining emotional highs and lows.
I was on the edge of burnout.
If you ever done any major remodeling in your home you know the challenges that come with that.
We prepared ourselves as well as we could for the stressful parts of a major remodel, yet we had many unexpected things happen before and during construction that increased the stress.
Just to name a few, we had a major hurricane hit our area just before our first big demo day. Thankfully, we were all safe, but there was much for us to work through.
Even before the hurricane came, it was so hard for me to watch people that I love experience great panic for an entire week leading up to it.
After the hurricane we were without power for another week in extreme heat. I was very concerned about so many family members and their well being.
Also I’m a very sensitive person and I feel things deeply.
On top of all of this. I was having some personal health challenges and scares to work through.
Plus, one of our grandsons was going through medical testing and received a life-changing diagnosis.
My dad‘s health and quality-of-life were rapidly declining and watching him suffer was difficult. Then, he had a massive stroke and we cared for him during his final days on earth.
Most of this happened while we were living in the mess and (and joys of a major remodel).
I recognized some of the signs of heading toward burnout such as:
- I had a difficult time thinking clearly.
- Some things that were typically easy for me became challenging.
- I wasn’t feeling the joy of things that would typically bring me great joy.
What about you?
Do you have an area of your life that you are feeling weary, discouraged or frustrated?
If so, I encourage you to take some time and be honest with yourself.
Maybe, you could be trying too hard and putting pressure on yourself that isn’t necessary.
Keeping it real, you could easily end up missing out on what God really has for you right now in your life and you could be headed toward a path of burnout.
You don’t have to go there.
I am thankful that I continue to make choices to move away from the path toward burnout. I know for sure that I would have burned out if I had not taken action to temporally let go of some of my business building activities.
I’ll be honest, letting go takes work.
What about you?
Where do you wrestle with letting go?
Maybe your challenge is letting go of controlling a situation or a relationship.
Maybe you’ve worked hard in your business or ministry and you just aren’t seeing the results that you desire.
What fears or concerns come up for you if you do less than you are right now?
I encourage you to do some soul-searching and ask God to help you know when you are simply trying too hard.
It’s also helpful to talk to a friend or a coach to help you know the difference between that fine line between working with excellence and trying too hard.