• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 26. Burnout > Dealing with the Risk of Burnout

Dealing with the Risk of Burnout

There are many things you can do to decrease the risk of burnout. The first is attitude management. Your expectations for yourself and for how people should treat you significantly affect how much you are drained by your job. For example, if you focus on doing your best and continuing to learn and develop skills, you have a great deal of control over achieving your goal. Your risk of burning out will be greatly reduced. Often, however, people set goals that are either largely outside of their control or very hard to reach. If you are competing with those around you rather than with yourself, there is a high likelihood of disappointment. When everyone wants to be above average, half of them will be disappointed. When everyone feels the need to be in the top 10 percent, almost everyone will be very unhappy. If you focus on competing with yourself, set reasonable goals, and keep an eye on others to make sure that you are in the ballpark of what is expected, not only will you have a much lower risk of burnout, but you will have less stress and will probably perform better.

Your tendency toward optimism or pessimism also affects your stress level and burnout risk. If you constantly fear disaster, you will be under tremendous pressure. In general, it is good to prepare yourself to be able to survive the worst, but if you think and live as if the worst were just around the corner, you will be quickly exhausted.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint