Today’s velocity of life can consume and control you. But when physical fatigue and long-term frustration graduate into a sense of hopelessness, you know you’re suffering from burnout. What if your life could be different? What if you could be certain you were living the life you were intended to live?
Six Steps to a Cure
The antidote for burnout among CEOs and business leaders includes six key steps to be taken in doses appropriate to your needs. Though these remedies require an investment of your precious and limited time, it is of a vital importance for you, your health, and those you serve at work and at home.
- Retreat: The first step in overcoming burnout is to step back and gain perspective. Sometimes you may suffer from blindness by being so close to the forest you are unable to see the trees. Take a little time to get away from the press of daily life and be quiet before the Lord. By simply getting physical rest and turning off the noise, you can intensify your communication with God. Start the day with a time of prayer, Bible study and quiet meditation. If you don’t normally have a quiet time, begin the practice. Go to the beach, park, or anywhere you find peace and serenity. Break your routine completely. Empty your mind of pressing issues. You’re where you are due to the ways you’ve thought and the ways you’ve reacted to your own thoughts. If that place isn’t where (or what) you want, something must change. The first step in healing is to get to a place where you can be healed. This may require as little as a day, or take place over a month or two, but overcoming burnout begins by removing yourself from your routine long enough to listen to God’s will for your life.
- Refocus: Begin your refocus by deliberately writing out who you really are in Christ. Research what the Bible says about it. Think about this truth, “We’re not human beings who happen to temporarily have spiritual experiences; we are eternal spirit beings who are temporarily having a human experience.” said Pierre Teilhard de Chardin For those reborn in Christ, this simple and profound truth underlies the only valid paradigm of life. Until we can truly grasp its significance, we’ll struggle to maintain our perspective in the face of worldly distractions. After you feel that you have a good grasp of what’s most important, prioritize the list. In other words, put first things first. Ask yourself, “If I could only be sure of accomplishing or becoming one of these things, which would it be?” After you work your way through the first one, check it off the list, put it on a fresh prioritized list on a separate piece of paper, and repeat the process with the other items. Develop a plan to be diligent in giving each priority the decent minimum it requires. There’s true freedom in this process.
- Refresh: Count your blessings! Take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle. Starting in the left-hand column, make a numbered list of everything you can think of that has value to you and for which you’re thankful to God. Be honest. This isn’t a paper that will be graded by anyone else, it’s just a list of things that you’re really thankful for that you either currently have, or have had, in your life. Take your time and enjoy remembering why each item is special to you and how it relates to God’s presence in, and provision for, your life. List as many things as you can. Next, on the right-hand side, list all of the things you need to be happy or fulfilled. What do you really need? When you’ve finished, compare the lists. Every single item in the column is a gift of God’s grace. Even the needs we’ve listed in the right-hand column are suspect.
- Rely: Finding answers to difficult business situations requires tapping into the collective experience of your peers and other industry experts. Sometimes the burden of being a leader of an organization and dealing with many frustrating situations and difficult people can be overwhelming and you have no one else to turn to. That’s why it is immensely beneficial to meet with a group of other like-minded Christian business leaders who are running businesses and regularly share their experiences, advice, counsel, and support with you. Find a peer group you can meet with regularly and can safely bring your confidential issues to in order to receive wise counsel. Instead of feeling alone, you gain friends and build business relationships with people who are dedicated to making you more successful at integrating your role as a Christian business leader into your primary role as a Christian.
- Reach Out: Running a business can be stressful, time consuming and even confusing. To regain energy, stay on course and deal with tough issues in the workplace you may require a coach or mentor who can provide you with guidance, support, accountability and encouragement. Having a trusted advisor to provide balanced, objective, Biblical feedback and counsel on the issues shaping your company’s culture, operations, systems and teams can provide immense benefit as well as long-term positive results.
- Restart: Get up, dust yourself off, and get back to it. By this point, you’ll have rested and regained both your sense of eternal significance and the importance of what God has asked you to do. Recommit your way to the Lord. If necessary, confess any sins of doubt, discouragement, disobedience, or temporary loss of direction. Receive His forgiveness and rejoin the battle! Start a file and keep your notes. Even if you spent just a single day in this 6-step process, keep a record of who you are in Christ, what blessings you have, and what your priorities are in Him. In the busyness of life and work, you need to be continually reminded of who God is, who you are, and of your purpose. Be refreshed by the memories of the things He has already done for you so you are strengthened to do what He asks, both now and in the future.
About C12 Group: The C12 Group is America’s leading roundtable for Christian CEOs and owners dedicated to building great businesses for a greater purpose. C12 Members gather monthly for a unique, proven peer forum to engage in worthwhile continual learning, brainstorming, intentional accountability, and to share best practices, combined with eternal perspective. Members also receive monthly counsel through one-on-one sessions, an annual business review, and an online library of high-impact leadership tools. More than two thirds of C12 Members report improved business performance and greater life and ministry impact resulting from application of C12’s processes.
C12’s mission is to change the world by bringing forth the Kingdom of God in the marketplace through the companies and lives of those He calls to run businesses for Him.
Written By: Lisa Victoria Cone