Do you find yourself regularly putting off tasks, feeling exhausted or that your social battery is at an all-time low?
You might be experiencing burnout. In this episode of The Fearless Business Podcast, Robin talks about why most coaches experience burnout and what you can do to prevent it.
In this episode of The Fearless Business Podcast, Robin talks about why most coaches experience burnout and what you can do to prevent it.
Working in the coaching industry can be emotionally tasking. From working long hours to needing to re-charge your social battery, many factors can cause a business coach to burn out. But have no fear! Burnout is entirely natural and is your body’s way of communicating that you need a break. In this solo episode, Robin shares his advice on how you can combat burnout.
So what causes a business coach to burn out?
Well, it’s down to the individual and the amount of pressure you can withstand. But typically, these are the most prevalent causes of coach burnout:
So now we’ve identified what causes most coaches to burn out, what can be done to prevent it? Here are some solutions:
According to Robin, running a business never gets easier; you just become better at it. So don’t expect to burn out just because you have improved your practices. No matter how big or small the task is, energy is still being used. So it’s always important to take breaks no matter how good you think you are at running your business. Usain Bolt may be the fastest runner globally, but he doesn’t use the same amount of energy to travel everywhere; learn to allocate your energy by setting boundaries.
Symptoms of burning out can manifest themselves into a multitude of things. However, the most common symptoms of burning out are:
Due to the ‘hustle’ culture within the world of entrepreneurship, many business owners find themselves downplaying symptoms of burnout or just plainly ignore them. In the long term, this proves highly detrimental as it can take you more time to recover than you would if you caught it in its early stages. Remember, if you can’t show up on your A-game, you can’t expect your business to perform in such a manner either.
Robin argues that there are six stages to burning out, which goes as follows:
1. Excitement / Honeymoon phase - you are excited to start your new project, business or take on a new client, which encourages you to work harder.
2. Stress - things don’t go quite to plan, or you realise things aren’t quite what you thought.
3. Moment of Realisation - you start to think, “I can’t possibly do this”, and distract yourself through the means of procrastination.
4. Chronic Stress - because you have allowed the minor stresses to build up, they manifest themselves as one major stress you now associate with your new project, business or client.
5. Burnout - you finally have had enough. You have no energy to complete any work-related tasks, and all associations with it become too much to handle.
6. The Cycle - if untreated, this process starts over and bleeds into other projects.
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