Burn Out – Series Close – Rejuvenating Your Goals
Welcome back to my article series on burn out. This is the last article in the series.
Today, I’d like to briefly talk about the kind of burn out that happens when your goals go stale. What does that mean? Let’s say you’ve set a goal to have three books published in 2013 (or two new inventions, or five new customers, etc.). You achieved that goal. Now, you’d like to publish three more books in 2014, but geez, that’s the same old goal. How many brass rings will satisfy you? Maybe three books in 2014 is really the most you can do, the goal that’s most realistic for you, and the one that satisfies your career needs that year. So you don’t want to change your goal. How do you make it fresh and fun again?
Using the same example, maybe you can spark up your goal by putting a monetary target on it. Maybe you’d like to receive $X advances on those three books. (Try to keep it realistic, please.) Or, maybe you’d like to write those three books within six months and take the rest of the year off. Possibly, you have some other secondary goal that can be incorporated into your main goal to make it seem fresh.
The important thing here is to add layers onto your goal. You don’t need to change it entirely to make it work; you just need to add a soupçon of challenge to the mix.
One of my primary goals for 2014 was to blog three times per week. Now, I blogged three times per week though much of 2013 already, so maybe that wasn’t a high mark to reach for, but I knew I couldn’t do more than that regularly. So I made my challenge a little more challenging: I decided to write two (or more) article series and do three book reviews for my blog. These are secondary goals that fit in nicely with my overarching blogging goal and make me feel more successful as I accomplish them.
You can prevent burn out, or recover from it, by rejuvenating your goals and making them fresh. Don’t let the same old things get you down. Make them shiny and new again by rethinking how they’re structured.
To recap our burn out remedies:
- Avoid overwork.
- Celebrate small successes.
- Keep your eye on the prize.
- Don’t second-guess yourself.
- Keep your goals fresh.
I hope this article series has been helpful to you. I’ve heard some complimentary things about it, and I’m more than delighted that it’s reached so many people who found it timely.
Please join me next month for a new article series on having a positive mental attitude. Don’t be like that woman in the commercial, crying out, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”
Thank you for joining me!