Push Beyond Your Limits Without Burning Out
I am in the midst of my heaviest workload ever. I am conducting eight days of workshops in three different states over a three-week period. Last week I was in West Virginia. This week I’m in North Carolina, and next week I’ll be back home conducting four consecutive days of workshops with two different clients. I don’t normally schedule this many workshops this close together, but demands and schedules required it. Therefore, I will need to be especially diligent about recovery after each session in order to prevent burn out.
The book, “The Power of Full Engagement” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz talks about the key to high performance being to push past our limits (stressing our muscles) and then to engage in a period of recovery, just like athletes do when training. The trouble with working in the business world today is that most of us work at a very high level, pushing beyond our limits over extended periods of time, without sufficient breaks for recovery and restoration.
Recovery and restoration will be key for me during this demanding time, especially since I am introverted, and it is very draining for me to be in front of large groups for long periods of time. Recovery for me means having some quiet time for myself after each workshop ends, eating healthy, exercising and ensuring I get enough sleep. What are some ways that you can build recovery and restoration into your busy schedule so that you can maintain high performance and prevent burn out?
“One finds limits by pushing them.” – Herbert Simon
“The sky is not my limit…I am.” – T.F. Hodge