Cause #2: Lack of Progress
a reason that a hamster running on a wheel inside
a mesh cage has become western civilization’s
classic icon of a wasted, purposeless life.
wants to work so hard, day after day, just to remain
in the same place?
this is how a lot of people feel about their lives:
That they work and work and work – never making
any progress or moving any closer to their dreams.
that’s a sure-fire recipe for burnout.
have a fulfilling life, or month, or even day, you
need to have goals and have a sense of making progress
towards them. (I’ll cover goals and goal-achievement
in another future article, but for now let’s
talk about the importance of progress)
you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, you
WILL burn out, just as a motor straining against an
immovable object will eventually give out.
are meant to have a purpose, a goal, a destination.
Wandering around “aimlessly” is incredibly
frustrating for exactly what it is – “aimless”.
There is no direction or perceived outcome.
life, you need direction and you need to feel like
you’re moving that way. If you feel frustrated,
like you’re banging your head against a brick
wall, or just pained at the thought of spending another
day of your life doing the same thing and getting
nowhere because of it, then you may be suffering burnout
from the lack of progress in your life.
my program, The Inner Game of Everything I talk about
“The Inner Game of Full-Fill-Ment” and
one of the 6 core elements of that is “Contribution”.
Most people read this and immediately jump to contributing
to a charitable cause or your spiritual inspiration.
While those things are very important to many people,
it’s not what I’m talking about there
or in this article. I’m talking about Contribution
towards a goal, outcome or achievement. One of the
6 paths for us to truly feel full-filled in our lives
is to ensure we feel we are Contributing toward an
achievement we have chosen… otherwise the wheel
spinning can be deafening.
simple solution is to just quit doing the thing you’re
doing that you’re not getting anywhere on –
get off the hamster wheel, walk away from the dead-end
job, or give up on whatever goal you were aiming for.
If that works, great! You can just quit wandering
around aimlessly and just sit down where you are without
any goals, dreams or vision and then you won’t
have to worry about feeling you aren’t moving
my favourite option and not one that works for very
if that’s not a viable option, you’ll
be interested in reading the suggestions in the next
section on tracking and celebrating small victories.