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Are you the type to burnout?

goldfishHave you ever taken a personality test? Myers-Briggs is the first one that comes to mind, but there are many. The goal of each is to give the person taking the test an indication of the different characteristics of their personality.

The theory is, once we better understand ourselves, we can be more insightful about our behaviour and why we do things a certain way, or why we do things at all.

Self-awareness can be powerful, especially when it comes to burnout.

While each person is different in their own unique way, there is this constant thread: burnout can strike no matter what your personality type.

Here are 5 personality traits of which you should be aware if you are to stop burnout in its tracks.

1.  Type A – If you are Type A, you likely know it. You tend to be highly competitive, impatient and work obsessed. With these characteristics, it’s no surprise you are also prone to stress and health-related issues. Burnout is always on your doorstep.

How you battle burnout:

  • Slow down. This isn’t an easy thing to do and requires conscious mindful action.
  • Replace hostility with compassion. Show affection to friends and family. Be generous with compliments towards others.
  • Use physical activity to relieve stress. Go for a brisk walk or run, join an exercise class or get out on your bike.

2.  Perfectionist – You want to project the best image and get the best results for you and your business; however, perfectionism can be debilitating. It can cause extreme stress and cause you to feel paralyzed, not knowing what the “right” next step should be. You’re extra hard on yourself if you make a mistake. You avoid embarking on new initiatives for fear of failure. It won’t be long until you are stuck in your tracks. Burnout is soon to follow.

How you battle burnout:

  • Practice the art of self-forgiveness.
  • Seek progress, not perfection, in everything you do.
  • Get impartial help. Seek out the guidance of a business coach or mentor.

3.  Pessimist – Since you already have a bleak outlook on the future of your business, the gremlins will have a field day with you. Gremlins are the bearers of negative messages that keep playing inside your head. They can talk you out of doing just about anything. They can also lead you right into burnout.

How you battle burnout:

  • Acknowledge the negative messages from the gremlins. Then, put it aside and carry on with your great work.
  • Track all your accomplishments and progress. Write them down so you can review them when you need a boost of optimism.
  • Read over testimonials from your clients. They are your fans and make a great cheering section.

4.  Non-believer – If you don’t believe in how you are making a difference for your clients, you are sure to be disillusioned with your business. When you don’t have the inner fire (known as passion) for what you do and why you do it, it’s more difficult to put up with the bumps along the way. Doing something you don’t believe in day after day can take a toll and will ultimately lead to burnout.

How you battle burnout:

  • Step back and re-evaluate the WHY of your business and reflect on your values. Do they mesh? If not, it may be time to change things up in your business.

5.  Weakness Dominant – Does your business build on your strengths or weaknesses? If what you do fits your strengths, you’ll be much happier in life and work. But if your personality doesn’t mesh with the design of your business you’re more likely to feel stressed and worn out. Burnout will be knocking on your door in no time.

How you battle burnout:

  • Make a list of all the things you’re good at AND love to do. Look at your business and ask yourself: Does it build on these qualities? If not, it’s time to re-engineer your services.

I’ve talked to many women business owners who have faced burnout. In fact, you can read about their stories in the upcoming digital magazine, Beyond Burnout. Follow this link to sign up. It’s free and jam-packed with motivation, inspiration and guidance.

Next Step:

Now that you’ve reviewed the different personality traits for approaching your work and your business, which one resonates with you? What steps will you take, right now, to keep burnout at a distance so you can continue your great work? Share your insights below and we’ll continue the conversation.

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