3 Ways Your Passions Can Cause Burnout


 

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Wait, what? I promote prioritising your passion(s) and now I’m telling you your passions can cause burnout?
 

Why yes, they can. It’s a subject not often talked about, but it has massive implications for those who seek joy and fulfilment in life – those who want to live with purpose.
 

Your mission today is to learn 3 ways your passions can cause burnout.
 
 

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1. You treat your passion(s) like chores

 

I often suggest scheduling your passions the same way you schedule a doctor’s appointment in order to create space for them. What this doesn’t mean is that your passion should be treated like just another chore to check off your endless to-do list. That’s counterproductive and can burn you out in no time.
 

Remember passions are about joy. Give yourself time and don’t expect “productivity”. Most passions follow cycles, with phases where you reflect or aren’t very inspired, alternating with times when everything seems to flow by itself.
 
 

2. You have too much going on

 

A lot of us already have too much on their plates. They work, look after their families, go to yoga, attend social events… There never seem to be enough minutes in a day.
 

If you think about it, it seems insane to insert time for passions into an already busy schedule. Yet that’s what most people try to do, and it’s a shortcut to burnout.
 

Prioritising passions means to simplify and decelerate the pace of your life overall. Opt out of anything that isn’t essential. Create the space first, then fill it with passion.
 

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3. You try to do it all by yourself

 

That’s probably the most common mistake. We have stopped thinking in terms of community. Yet nothing is more inspiring and keeps your passions fresh as well as people to share them with.
 

Look for groups, workshops, online communities, and get involved. It’s like blowing on a flame and will give you endless ideas for your passions.

The Unsexy Truth About Everything


 

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The online space is full of offers that promise you instant riches and instant transformation. Do you know why this is all you seem to see?
 

Let me tell you what happened when I decided to speak truth and offered articles and videos about the concept of baby steps, about long-term goals and persistence: Crickets! Nobody viewed or read any of it. People want the “Fix everything” button, not the unsexy truth, the process of actually revolutionising your life.
 

Your mission is to realise how much you can accomplish, and to learn how.
 
 

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Task 1: Ask for the “why”, not the “what”

 

Have you ever wondered why instant everything is such an enticing promise? After all, most people agree that the most valuable things in their lives are things that took some time to build.
 

I believe the appeal is twofold:

  1. Easy is better than difficult. If there’s a magic button, I want to know where it is!
  2. We don’t trust ourselves enough to believe we’ll stick with consistant effort.

Ask yourself why you want what you want. For example, do you actually want riches, or is it the freedom that comes with being financially independent and not having to work? Go deep and find out what truly makes you tick.
 

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Task 2: Learn the unsexy truth and find that it’s amazing

 

The unsexy truth is that most things worth achieving take time and effort. What’s great about it is that you can definitely do it – anyone can take baby steps, after all.
 

The only reason you’re not doing it is that you think it’ll bring slow and boring results. In fact, it’s what transformations are made of! This is where passions come in. They keep you in a “high vibration” and enchant the journey with magic.
 

To ensure you’ll really stick with it, get a Coach and keep focusing on your passion(s). It’s a combination which makes it almost impossible for you to fail.

Do You Live Your Life Or Is It Happening To You?


 

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Humans are notoriously bad at creating happiness. Most think happiness comes from success or from security and material possessions. However, studies show that that’s not the case.
 

In fact, it seems that the happiest people are those who feel in control of their lives and the unhappiest feel they need to cope with what happens to them. Your mission is to find out to what extent you have control and how to increase the control you have.
 
 

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Task 1: To what extent do you live your life?

 

Gurus love talking about “creating” your life so much, the phrase has become meaningless. I suggest to think of it as living actively, rather than reacting passively. Here are some indicators of how actively you participate in your life experience.
 

  • When was the last time you made a decision that scared you?
  • When was the last time you said “No” to someone?
  • How often in the last five years have you set a goal that took longer than a year to accomplish, and then actually achieved it?
  • When was the last time you did something fun/beneficial/meaningful you had never done before?

 

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Task 2: Shift to control

 

You often hear me quoting Stephen Covey, who pointed out that we should focus on what we have control over: our own lives, our own reactions, our decisions. He, too, said that people who do this tend to be happier than those who focus on things outside their control.
 

How can you take back more control? Here are a few things you can do today to live your life actively.
 

  • Set beautiful, wild, exciting, over-the-top goals. Start working on them today.
  • Get a Coach. Seriously.
  • Connect to your emotions; check in several times a day and take them seriously.
  • Choose three things or people currently in your life to say “no” to.
  • Do or plan doing something new today.

How To Use Your Body Signals As Guidance


 

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Life can be hectic. By the end of some days, we’re so frazzled, we don’t know where our keys are, never mind our purpose. That’s a shame because we possess an unfailing compass. Harnessed correctly, it can help you course-correct and find your feet in seconds.
 

Your mission today is to learn how to use body signals as guidance.
 
 

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Task 1: Stop missing the broad hints

 

Imagine you have someone’s best interests in mind. You see them stumbling and taking wrong turns, and you shout: “Yoo-hoo! Over here! Let me just show you…,” but they keep ignoring you.
 

That’s how our bodies feel about us.
 

Think about a decision, either a recent one or one you’re facing now. Take a deep breath and consciously ask your body what you should do. Be patient; it might take a while, but eventually you will feel distinctly what the decision should be.
 
 

Task 2: Look into NLP

 

You don’t need to become a master practitioner, but NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) can really pay off. Look it up online, read a book or two or even do a course. Among many other things, it teaches you to utilise your body signals as guidance, to help with your everyday life.
 

Want a taster? If you can’t decide between several options – such as the price to ask for something you’re selling – write your options on different pieces of paper and lay them out across the floor. Stand on each piece of paper in turn. Your will know which option is right for you.
 

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Task 3: Body signals as guidance on the go

 

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Most stress comes from our minds jumping ahead into the future, or alternatively dwelling on past occurrences. In contrast, our bodies are always in the present moment. Use this fact.
 

Take a deep breath and do a quick mindfulness scan of your body. Ease any tension, drop your shoulders. Acknowledge tiredness or tingling. Act on any urgent body signals, and then go about your business again.

Which Passion Should You Focus On?


 

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If you’re a multipassionate or scanner personality, your life motto could be “not enough minutes in a day.” I know, I’m one, too!
 

It can be incredibly challenging to try and find the time for your varying and changing passions and still find something to focus on to, for example, earn your living with.
 

Your mission today is to learn how to choose which passion to focus on.
 
 

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Task 1: Income or not?

 

There is this false belief in our society that to pursue your passion, you need to make it your income. It’s closely related to the belief that a passion can’t be a priority unless you’re highly talented and/or proficient. Let’s unpack this.
 

I define a passion as something which lights you up. That’s it! Not something you’re a prodigy in, have done for a long time, and/or are particularly good at.
 

If you do have a passion you’d like to turn into your income, go for it! Just remember – especially if you’re a multipassionate – there’s no need to make money with all your passions. Just pick one. The rest can still be a priority, but they don’t all have to be your income.
 

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Task 2: How to choose and prioritise

 

How do you choose the passion that should become your income? And if you don’t wish to make money with it, how to you pick the passion(s) to focus on at this moment? Here are a few approaches:

  • Write down all your current passions. Highlight the ones you’ve had for most of your life or at least 10 years.
  • Find “themes” among your passions, such as study/academic, sports, helping others etc.
  • As a multipassionate, whatever “buzzes” for you the most at any given time, is your priority. Focus on it, and trust that when you lose interest, you’ll have learned what you needed to learn.
  • When you make your passion your business, pick one that matches a theme which has been present all your life.