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Whether you’re a CEO of a huge corporation, an entrepreneur, a student or stay-at-home mom—no matter what you do—there’s going to be some stress. It’s just a natural part of life. And that’s not always a bad thing. It can fire you up and keep you going. But what happens when stress becomes a major part of your day? It can lead to burnout, an extreme level of stress that causes physical, mental or emotional exhaustion, according to the Mayo Clinic.
So how do you know if you are heading toward burnout? Here’s a test to help you find out. If you say yes to any of the statements below, it just might be time for a change.
You Have To Do It All.
Reality: One mistake people make is trying to handle everything, which wears them down and stresses them out. If possible, get someone you trust in place who can help. Then train them and let them fly. Even if they handle just a percentage of your responsibilities, you’ll be amazed how your schedule will open up, allowing you to work on higher priority duties. As Dave says, “By delegating, you’ll feel a new level of freedom you have never felt before.”
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The Last Time You Took a Day Off Was To Celebrate the New Millennium.
Reality: If you don’t take a break, your body will make you. Studies show that women who took a vacation less than once every six years were eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease. Research also shows men who missed out on annual breaks were 32% more likely to die of heart attacks and were at 21% higher risk of death from all causes.
Make vacationing one of your goals. Besides the health benefits, a break from work and everyday life is proven to re-energize and spark creativity. Keep in mind that in order for a goal to work, it has to:
- Be specific
- Be measureable
- Have a time limit
- Be yours
- Be in writing
Once your goal is finalized, get it on the calendar and start making plans.
The Only Guidance You Need is From Google Maps.
Reality: What do Richard Branson, Meg Whitman, Dave and a multitude of other super successful entrepreneurs have in common? They all regularly spend time with mentors who give advice and help them walk through problems. In fact, Dave believes it’s so important, every leader on his team is mentored too.
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If you are seeking a guide, remember:
- Look for someone who can help you in your weakest areas.
- They can be helpful for every area of your life.
Running a business or a home is not always easy. But by learning to delegate, working with a mentor, and taking time off, the only thing that will burn out is extreme stress.
Learn more about delegation and building a successful business in Dave Ramsey’s book, EntreLeadership.