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We are 100% ourselves responsible for our burnout. When we have a burnout, we have organized it ourselves. Unfortunately we are not aware of this, and as long as we are not aware, we will keep doing the same things over again.
1. Plan disappointment
Choose a project to realise on your job. Imagine how happy your boss will be when he
notices how much you are going to do for him. Think about all the promotion you will get,
about how your boss will fall to his knees for you from gratitude.
2. Work harder
Start executing your little secret surprise project. Work hard and conscientious, do the
right things, use all your talents and go the extra mile.
3. Be disappointed
Now you can proudly show some results, present your project to your boss. As an
effective alternative, you can also hope that your boss already noticed the difference!
Notice how your boss experiences his or her day just as any other day, and probably
didn’t even notice the difference you have made.
4. Read minds
Imagine how your boss only thinks about you the whole day, his mind filled with negative
and unhappy thoughts about you. Or, if you want to increase effectiveness, imagine your
boss doesn’t think about you at all, never notices you and really doesn’t care whether
you show up at work or not ..
Ask yourself the question: “What did I do wrong?”
Start doubting your decisions, and the quality of your
work. Start doubting your talents and most of all,
yourself. It really helps to use your most negative self-
critic here. “Do you really know your job?” Probably
not! And guess what ... your colleagues are on to you!
They know you’re not up to it. Continue worrying,
preferably late at night in your bed so that you can
easily ruin your sleep. This way you’ll really become
worthless at work.
6. Start all over again!
Don’t give up! Start again at Step 1 but with higher expectations, bigger plans and work
harder so that can you reach your burn-out even faster.
But maybe you don’t like burn-outs!
In that case:
1. Do good deeds without expecting
something in return,
2. Stop reading other people’s minds,
3. Stop having negative conversations
4. Know your triggers,
5. Break your patterns,
6. And if you want feedback, ask for it.