Cynicism

Cynicism: a nicely burning fire is no more. From its ditch of retreat, now and then another fire comes forth, meant to hurt and even destroy. Etymology of ‘cynic’: κυνικοι (kunikoi): ‘dogs’ in ancient Greek referring to ruthless behavior and simple lifestyle of a number of their followers, as exemplified by Diogenes, nicknamed ‘the dog’. Read the full article…

34. From Burnout to Butterfly

People are reborn in order to spread out their wings. Burnout is a pupating Nature is not as stupid as it looks. Especially not if one only looks at it with only half an eye to already decide that it is stupid. So, a lot of ‘illness’ is a healthy response to an unhealthy environment. Read the full article…

Is Burnout a Kind of Posttraumatic Stress?

A concrete burnout may be linked to a concrete PTS. Or it may not. In both cases, you can use it to alleviate your present burnout. One needs to be careful about what to regard as a ‘trauma’. I think the best way is to regard it as anything that is experienced as such. A Read the full article…

Burnout is a Long and Winding Road

Looked upon as a road, burnout shows a different need of management, one that may generally be more humane as well as efficient. ‘Burnout’ is like a piece of reality that gets cut out by convention. It’s not something that gets discovered: not in general – textbook-wise – nor in a specific case such as Read the full article…

Dare to Burn

When you’re young, when you’re middle-aged, when you’re getting older… dare to burn. But burn as yourself. Let it be your fire, even while someone else may light it. [see also: ‘Excellence’] Don’t be shy to ‘strive for the best’… while taking care for the humane factor. This also gives you the best embeddedness, not Read the full article…

Burned Out. The Sky Has Come Down. What to Do?

What to do if you feel that the slightest bit of energy to do anything at all has gone? Burned out: you feel drained. You’ve put too much energy in an endeavor that symbolically failed. This means: it may have failed objectively, in reality… or only in your perception of that reality. The distinction is Read the full article…

Burnout Prevention: Burning Efficiently

It’s a question of gears: driving in a gear too high makes you spend a lot of energy in an inefficient way. Moreover, your engine may get into a burnout. That’s even an original meaning of the word ‘burnout’ itself: an engine gets into too high a gear and starts to smoke. It literally burns Read the full article…

Are we living in a ‘burnout society’?

You. Burnout. Society. A lot of questioning goes on about whether the cause of burnout lies rather within the individual or rather within his immediate environment, his workplace, his direct leader perhaps, or the broader environment: capitalism… With ‘burnout society’, I mean something even broader and deeper. This is a domain of rather intangible worldviews Read the full article…

Prevention of Burnout: Love is Infinite Fuel.

Love is a fire that never gets extinguished by burning. Speaking about ‘love’ as the feeling that very deep inside, something or someone is very deeply meaningful to you… Yes, the L-word. So seldom used in business, yet so all-important for… even the bottom line, dearest shareholders among you readers. Also talking to you, dear Read the full article…

The deeper meaning of burnout is about you

Deeper meaning is always present within you. This is your true motivation, your ‘fuel’ that you need most of all when getting into a state of burnout. Let’s start with a comparison: water in a vase. The water takes the form of the vase, thus – confusingly – it may look like the vase but Read the full article…

Burnout prevention for caregivers: give care, but do not ‘give it away’

Caregivers can get into the habit of ‘giving themselves away’ too much. Take care. You can learn to give without giving yourself away. ‘Giving away’ feels like you lose something. If this is your feeling as a caregiver, time and time again, then little by little you can start feeling bad. It’s as if others Read the full article…

Burnout as a Phoenix

A phoenix is a mythical bird that rises from the ashes completely renewed and stronger than ever before. This is a nice metaphor for human burnout, which can also be a stage in an altogether positive evolution. It mainly depends on how deep the process of recovery is sought. This should not sound easy of Read the full article…

Love wisely and you will not burn out

People who are prone to burn out are often people who have the gift of love to a huge degree. Yet they forget to let their love pass through their own funnel. They look to the outside, to where their love flows. They see little of their own inside and what this act of loving Read the full article…