I admit that I am a perfectionist. A lot of times when I do things right, I would get very frustrated. As I grew my business to a high six-figure per year, I tended to receive many partnership requests in which I overextended my ability to get to the place where I supposed to be.
It is WHY a lot of time I came to the point of breaking down. — Yep, I burnt out. The question is, “How do you avoid burning out?”
Well, here are four simple steps I used to avoid burning out:
#1 — I said “NO” to many new opportunities and new responsibilities.
For me, opportunities come with responsibilities. The more helmet I take, the more tasks I need to fulfill. — This is the reason WHY I said “NO” to too many things. In fact, my philosophy in life is, “Work less, make more, and enjoy the lifestyle I truly deserve.”
The motto above will never work if you are a newly established business. However, when your business fundamental is stronger, it is more than okay to say “NO” to a lot of opportunities.
As you may have realized by now, my younger sister passed away. One of the biggest reasons for her passing was because she took too many helmets in which she attracted stress around her. She became the head of the non-profit organization, managed real estate businesses, e-commerce business, and over 50+ employees.
Of course, with a narcissistic dad came into the picture, it made things worse.
#2 — I removed a lot of toxic people in every part of my life. — This includes my family members, friends, relatives, employees, business partners, etc.
In fact, one of the biggest reasons I was able to grow my business from $70,000 to $279,000 the following year was because I removed my former business partner.
In the surface, it looked cruel. In reality, I did most of the work while the partner enjoyed 50% of the profit coming to our ways. When I asked my former partner to perform his duty, he would give me excuses such as his wine store was broken, and his wife needed his help, and much more. — Basically, he became a liability in my business.
Three months after I removed him, my business earned $100,000 in three months. Within two years, my business grew by more than SIX TIMES.
#3 — I sleep, walk, and exercise more often than before.
One day, I was at the moment of having a real breakdown. I was very stressed out. I slept 3 to 4 hours a day. I couldn’t think straight. — Worse, the project I was working on was on the brink of collapse. Suddenly, my inner voice told me to head to bed.
At first, I thought it was a crazy idea to do that, mainly I was in the middle of a big launch. — However, I decided to head to bed anyway. After a four-hour nap, I fired up my laptop. I completed each task that took me hours in less than 20 minutes.
In the end, the launch became super successful in which I made a little over $20,000 in 7 days.
#4 — I asked for help.
Even though I have been in business for more than 19 years now, I will never claim that I know it all. — I never will. Why is that, Henry?
“Self-pride is the biggest poison that will sabotage your chances of getting what you want in life.”
It is the reason why I have many friends who will coach me on improving myself every single day. They will teach me, show me, and guide me on improving my weaknesses. — Sure, I have a lot of experiences in my field. However, it doesn’t mean somebody else in my inner circle doesn’t have the knowledge I don’t have. — So, stay humble.
One time, I met an uncle in the local area in New York. He told me that he wanted to start his own commercial loan business. I mentioned to him that if he needed some advice about Internet Marketing, I would be more than happy to share with him.
“I have more than 36 years experience in marketing” — he replied as he felt insulted.
“Oh, that’s great.” — I replied and smiled.
Then, he invested another $25,000 with a so-called guru learning how to sell his product online. I didn’t say a word as I tend to mind my own business unless someone asked me for advice. — Six months later, I heard from a friend that the uncle quit his commercial lending business altogether.
My point is, “Stay humble.” — You will never know that people in your inner circle may have the answer to your challenges. It also means that when you are willing to open your heart and soul, the solution to your problems may be closer than you think.
The keyword in here is, “Ask.”
The question you need to ask yourself is
“How do you avoid burnout?”
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