Here’s How to Avoid Burnout So That You Can Grow a Successful Life Coaching Business and Help Even More People Create The Life of Their Dreams
As you grow your life coaching business, or any business for that matter, you may find yourself getting to a point where you feel burnt out.
Even though you love your business and the clients you’re serving, there can be times when it feels like you have too many responsibilities tugging at you, and not enough time to get to all of them!
Many life coaches reach a point of overwhelm and exhaustion several times during their entrepreneurial journey – your business grows, and you must then learn to stretch, grow and expand with it. But the key is not to get stuck in this place.
Some life coaches, for example, live their lives and run their businesses from a state of burnout.
And you don’t want to be that person! It ultimately doesn’t serve you, your clients or your mission in the world.
An article published on Entrepreneur.com shared these simple yet highly effective ways you can avoid burnout and instead, maintain your energy, inspiration and passion for serving your clients and growing your life coaching business.
1. Remember that building a business takes time
Many entrepreneurs begin experiencing feelings of fatigue or burnout because they’re in what I call “push energy” – trying to force results faster than they can come about organically.
These entrepreneurs may expect that they’ll be making a massive difference and earning an abundant income in the first year or so.
They’ll then feel extremely disappointed that the results they want are taking longer than expected.
Instead of setting yourself up for disappointment, know that your efforts to build the life coaching business you envision will take some time to bear fruit.
Anyone who promises you overnight success simply isn’t credible. In reality, it takes years to build a highly successful business of any kind.
And so, as you grow your business, be sure to celebrate the little successes along the way!
It’s really okay to relax and enjoy the energy that comes with each small win or gain, and this burst of energy will actually help move you forward!
2. Establish boundaries
It’s very easy for your professional life to blend into your personal life, especially if you work from home.
This can easily lead to working unnecessarily long hours and overextending yourself. Instead, create boundaries for yourself that separate your work time from your leisure time.
For example, if you work from home, I recommend setting up your home office in a different area of the house other than your kitchen table.
Ideally, at the end of your work day, you want to be able to leave your desk as a mental cue that the day’s work is done.
You can also change into leisure clothes when you’re done working for the day. Another great tip is to leave your computer out of the bedroom, which is meant predominantly for rest.
Once you’ve set these type of work-life boundaries, you’ll be amazed at how much freer and lighter you feel in your downtime, making it much easier to renew and rejuvenate yourself and the energy you bring to your business.
3. Change up your routine
Shaking up your old routine actually creates new neural pathways in your brain that will reinvigorate you and help you perform better in your business.
For one thing, you can practice a technique called priming, which involves making changes to your environment that affect your mindset.
You can also experiment with changing your physical stance to affect your mood.
For example, as silly as it may sound, get into “superhero” stance, or power pose, for a couple of minutes each day, standing tall and victorious with your hands on your hips while you visualize yourself as Superman or Superwoman!
Do this and you actually change the biochemistry in your body. Your stress hormones go down and your endorphins increase, which will make you much more alert and focused when you sit back down to work!
4. Reconnect with your mission
Whenever you start to feel flooded with stress or worry about your business, ground yourself by reconnecting to exactly why you chose to become a life coach in the first place.
You chose to start and grow a life coaching business because you deeply care about people, and because you want to make a positive impact on the world.
When you remember the love and integrity that called you to this path, all other stressors are minimized. So when you start to feel burnt out, say to yourself…
“I’m in this business because I LOVE people. I will have a chance to talk to people today, so I’m going to be grateful for all human contact today, whether I’m coaching, talking to potential clients, writing emails, checking on speaking venues… all the many parts of building my amazing coaching business!”
5. Create planned fun
Always make sure that you have time in your calendar that’s carved out just for fun. Have you ever heard the saying, “Fresh horses win races?”
Here’s a quick word from Brave Thinking Institute CEO, John Boggs.
Simply put, this saying means that only those who are well-rested and well-nourished will succeed. In other words, if you’re exhausted, overwhelmed and overworked, you’re going to be less effective at everything you do!
The question is, as a coach with a to-do list the size of Texas, how do you create and maintain a “fresh” state and still be productive and successful?
As the CEO of Brave Thinking Institute, I highly recommend keeping track of the amount of time that you work and play. Be sure to block time during your week and weekends to find and participate in activities that you enjoy, just for enjoyment’s sake.
Fun, scheduled experiences will keep you fresh, both in your career and personal life. Of course, staying focused on one particular activity for a period of time can be highly effective; however, if you don’t give yourself some form of a break now and then, you most likely will wind up feeling burned out eventually, and that sense of burn out will definitely decrease your productivity.
One of the challenges of having a career you love is that it can be very easy to put in more hours than you might normally do in a regular job. So if you find that you tend to work a lot (and have fun while doing it) then it’s even more important to schedule your breaks and make sure you take them!
That said, one of the best perks about being a coach is that you are in charge of your own calendar.
You get to determine when and how you work, and it’s important to stay in tune with your mind and body, when you need to charge your batteries and schedule the time to do that.
Listen to your intuition to avoid burnout
As a life coach for the last 35+ years, I can tell you that the methods I’ve just shared with you above absolutely work when it comes to helping you avoid burnout in your business.
I also recommend that you listen to your own inner voice.
Is it telling you to slow down and rest? Change gears? Trust your instincts, stay committed to your mission, and adjust your sails as needed.
You and your clients you are here to serve will both benefit from you being your most vibrant, inspired and energized self.
And now I’d love to hear from you!
What methods or techniques have been helpful for you when it comes to taking care of yourself and avoiding burnout in your life, either personally or professionally? How do you recharge your batteries? Share your ideas with me in the comment section below, I’d love to learn more!