The deeper I go into burnout and imposter syndrome, the less I worry about humility.

I’m not advocating for you to be a diva or rude, but the struggle to really see, appreciate and acknowledge your own gifts is a problem.

Failure to appreciate the value you bring underpins just about everything leading to burnout; the fear of not being enough, the hustling for worthiness, the people pleasing and trying to fill the void where your self belief should be. The overwork and overachieving to stand still. The failure to ask for help or support when you know you’re struggling. They all come from a root cause of ‘not enough-ness’

That feeling of not enough doesn’t just sabotage you all the way into the burnout hole. It stops you getting back out.

Who am I to ask for support.

I can’t be burned out, my life isn’t tough enough.

It’s not them, it’s me.

Here’s what I know.

If you’re here it’s because you are burned out, burning out, want to avoid burn out or want to stop it happening again in the future.

So my question is, why aren’t you doing everything humanly possible to change it?

As with every great question, I already know some of the answers.

You’re not taking action because you’re exhausted and don’t know if you’ve got the energy for change, because you don’t know how to ask for support, because you’re scared that you’re so broken that it can’t ever be right, or because you’re sticking your fingers in your ears and screaming LALALA to block our everything everyone around you says.

That’s kind of stupid.

I mean for starters, you’re reading this voluntarily, I don’t have subpoena power. I’m not propping your eyelids open with matchsticks to make you read.

So if you are reading this, it’s time to admit that, yes, I am indeed opting in to making changes.

What’s the next barrier? Fear.

Fear’s a big one but it can be out-manoeuvred by one simple act. Faith.

It could be faith in yourself, faith in me even (although I definitely recommend the former!). Or just faith that this is not the end and so something has to change.

Humility and caution have no place in burnout recovery. They’re how you GOT here, and you can’t put out a fire by throwing more matches and petrol on it.

The moment you start to believe in yourself, to reclaim who and what you are, the brilliant work you do (whilst yes, acknowledging the work to be done, but that does nothing to diminish your brilliance) then we can start.

Because someone who knows their worth won’t continue to sit in fear.

Someone who knows their worth won’t hesitate to take action.

Someone who knows the value of their work knows that it’s not humble and kind of play small and hurt, it’s selfish and rude.

You’re here to do a job.

Burnout is preventing you from doing your best work.

It’s your responsibility to do something about it.


That’s all.

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