In 2019, the World Health Organization declared burnout an occupational hazard. CJ McClanahan and Eileen McDargh, award-winning motivational speaker and executive coach, talk about how to manage our energy and develop resilience to combat burnout.
Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE
CEO (Chief Energy Officer), The Resiliency Group
Since founding her consulting firm in 1980, Eileen McDargh has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count. She believes that resiliency is a critical life skill and one that requires the energy of connections.
What We Discuss in this Episode:
- Burnout is “to exhaust one’s resources by attempting to live up to some unrealistic expectation imposed upon you by yourself or society.” – Herbert Freudenberger
- There are several causes of burnout. One is our own inner voice demanding that we do more, be more, accomplish more. Another is loss of focus we have through constant interruption and distraction with digital devices. Further, the sense of disconnection and loneliness only exacerbates burnout.
- Amidst the global pandemic, people are working longer and harder at home. We no longer have the space to detox (commute to and from work, for example), and we are worried about proving how hard we are working based on our results.
- To deal with burnout, you must first recognize it in your life. Expand your understanding of your options by changing your inner voice from, “I have to do this,” to “I choose to do this.”
- There are some people who are more instantly resilient than others. However, we can be taught to be resilient. Eileen’s definition of resiliency is, “to grow through challenge or opportunity so that you end up wiser, smarter, on the other side.”
- To build resiliency, start small. Identify small things that are within your control and let go of the things that are not. Understand where your time goes. Doing something kind for someone else expands our resiliency.
- What are the small ways you can make small improvements to slowly and steadily move yourself in the right direction. “An inch is a cinch. A mile takes a while.” – Eileen McDargh
- “The only place I have any power, is this moment right now.” – Eileen McDargh
Mentioned in the Podcast:
- The Achiever’s Compass, developed by CJ McClanahan
- Burnout to Breakthrough, by Eileen McDargh
- Herbert Freudenberger
- Otter Products
Poem from the Episode:
The day is here upon us.
Today is all we’ve got.
This minute holds eternity, but
Oh, our minds are fraught.
With thoughts of what we
Should’ve done, mistakes of
Yesterday, recalling wrongs,
Reliving deeds and words
That went astray.
Or else we go through motions
While our thoughts zoom far
Ahead of things to do, of
Of possibilities we dread.
We eat our food in hurry.
We kiss our loves in haste.
We blink at dawn. We glance at
Moon. There is no time to waste.
Our calendar is crammed
With future things we have to do.
We make our lists, we see
The length, and our day
Is never through.
And when each year is over,
We dismay at all that’s passed.
We shake our heads and wonder,
How did time go by so fast?
We cannot slow the march of
Time and yet there is this plan:
If we would live in present now,
We’d find a peace at hand.
Be present, fully present in
Each action that we do.
Stay mindful, fully mindful,
Of the life around us too.
Let the future be the vision but
THIS moment counts – and how!
Eternity is in it. May we learn to
Live in the NOW.
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