Ever thought, “I’m burnt out!”?
What if this feeling was really just a sign that you’re at a crossroads between choosing burn out or something else? Do you think that’s possible?
I came across a blog post today when doing some reading for work. Since this is about motivation related to academics, you may not see the link to W30 and optimum health right away. But once I thought about this from a fitness, health, diet, wellness, etc., standpoint, it clicked.
Its from a blog called Study Hacks, which seeks to “decode patterns of success.” The author explains that he found these comments in response to another post.
Here’s a summary (or read the whole post here):
The comments describe a student’s feelings at MIT taking a difficult course and feeling burnt out. The post suggests that people that fail out of MIT don’t do so based on lack of intelligence, but because of their reaction to the feeling of burn out. Successful students are those who use this feeling as an opportunity to choose to accept inadequacies, find help, and stay motivated.
Here are some powerful words about this choice from the post:
You feel like you are burnt out or that you are on the verge of burning out, but in reality you are on the verge of deciding whether or not you will burn out. It’s scary to acknowledge that it’s a decision because it puts the onus on you to to do something about it, but it’s empowering because it means there is something you can do about it.
So do it.
Next time you feel, think, or hear yourself say, “burnt out”, think of this as a fork in the road. A choice between making your burn out a reality OR chasing down success. The road to burn out is a choice. The road to success is paved by your motivation.