3-2-1 Motivate

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.

3-2-1 Motivate.

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5 Responses to 3-2-1 Motivate

  1. Stephanie Nuss says:

    Jen,
    I have been enjoying reading your posts! Thank you for this one especially. I am excited to read the entire blog, because in education just like in other places, that feeling of being “burnt out” occurs so often, even with me in my 12th year of teaching. What a motivational topic on this snow day. Thank you for your insights, and inspiration. I hope that all is well with you and your beautiful family!
    Steph Nuss (Soler)

    • Hi Steph! Wow! So great to hear from you. Thank you for reading and for supporting and encouraging me. I am glad that you found the post helpful. I hope all is well with you and that you find that motivation to keep up the good work. Take good care! J

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  3. Janelle says:

    I LOVE IT! You are soooo inspiring! This is so true! It’s always up to us to decide to play victim or to feel empowered! We get to decide! How cool it that?! It always starts with a thought! Keep ’em coming Jen!!!

    • Hi Janelle! One of my inspirations who led me to this great path! Thanks for reading and commenting! I appreciate it so much. Yes, it really is something…its encouraging to think about it not as a reality that we must accept but a sign that we need to CHOOSE to kick up the motivation. Thanks again for reading and do come back–there will be more I promise.

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