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We all have patterns of thought, feeling and behavior that don’t serve us. These patterns are so dominant that we arch ourselves to continue on, even when running on empty, but recover can only start after we stop them.
Ask yourself if your goal is unreachable, why you’re afraid of not reaching it and what would happen if you gave up. Share your answers with someone who has your best interest at heart, as a reality check and listen carefully to what they have to say. You are likely to find out you have options and that failure is not the end.
When you hit burnout, you become numb to the world; it’s difficult to feel joy and gratitude, which is what keeps you fueled in the face of challenges. So recovery means getting adequate rest and reestablishing joy to your life.
While recovering do things that make you happy, rather than things that lead to a sense of achievement. The former feeds your soul and the latter your ego. Also, get an accountability partner to encourage you to follow your impulses and do what makes you feel alive.
Rewiring your brain, new neural pathways are formed to replace old habits of thinking. This phase is critical, because thoughts lead to emotions, which lead to behavior. To do that:
After taking a break, reevaluating your course and rewiring your brain, it’s time to restructure your work life. To do that:
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It consists of thinking long and hard about your life and work. Write down everything that is on your mind, then consider what is most important.
Progress can sometimes feel like endless staircases where you climb and climb, but can never see the end.
A personal mission statement allows you to look back and see how far you've climbed.
A personal mission statement reminds you where you're coming from and puts your life in perspective. When you feel frustrated, you can go back and read how much you've progressed over a specific time.
People cycle through periods of motivation, especially in the New Year. It’s best to harness these bursts of 'can-do energy' whenever they appear.
The New Year's resolution or 'action phase' is when you're highly motivated for change. Use it to set things in motion and automate as much as you can.
If you don't have a plan when the New Year's glow has worn off in a few months, you will stop doing whatever you promised to do.
To force yourself to stick to a budget: