Hello from sunny South Africa. It’s been a great week of unplugging, relaxing and reflecting.
With 2016 on the horizon I’ll share some tips in the coming weeks on setting and achieving goals while keeping your eye on the prize in the new year.
We kick off the series with my 2 favorite exercises to hone in and ground your success of 2015. These two exercises will motivate you and are also great emergency energy boosters.
To be honest I completely burned myself out in 2015. It was a big exciting year redesigning and steering my business in a new direction by creating 3 new coaching programs: Soul Sister Success Mastermind, Maternity Coaching and the Ultimate Career Bootcamp. At times it was quite difficult to keep my Pilates ego in check so I could keep focussing on my intentions of growing my coaching practice. By the beginning of November I was ready for the year to be done. My creative energy dropped to a low that I had never experienced before and I could feel myself switching to autopilot.
There were 2 major problems with the timing of my burnout: when working for yourself, cruise control isn’t really an option. Knowing that I was going to be traveling in December meant I actually had to use November to give things a last big push. To top it off, I also had to move to a new house!
I had to delve into my emergency energy stash. I found two exercises that helped to lift my mood and gave me enough energy to keep going and get the necessary things done.
1) Writing down all your accomplishments of 2015:
Often when we’re feeling low or burnt out we’ll become very dramatic and make blanket statements like: “See I suck, I never accomplish anything good, ever”. These statements make us feel even worse about ourselves. Writing down all of your accomplishments over an extended period of time will help you realize all the amazing things you’ve done. The process will also give rise to all the wonderful fun feelings you had while achieving those accomplishments.
2) Writing down everything you’re grateful for in 2015 and fill an entire page in your diary:
When we’re in our low level thinking mode and we’re beating ourselves up, it’s easy to feel like you don’t have enough. This contracting mindset is a complete lie and a real energy sucker. Grab a pen and paper and start writing! It can be simple things like being grateful for food, electricity, a cute top you bought – anything. Taking a moment to reflect on all your blessings fills your soul with feelings of abundance. When you’re in this mindset you’ll feel energized, inspired and ready to samba!
These two exercises (and a ton of episodes of “Gilmore Girls”) were absolute life savers. What would have been even better however, was to not get burnt out in the first place! Stay tuned for my next blog to find out how I plan to eliminate burn out and be more productive in 2016.
Now tell us in the comments below: How do you guard yourself against burnout?