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Preserve your Ability to Serve: Know the Phases of Mission-Driven Burnout

Preserve your Ability to Serve: Know the Phases of Mission-Driven Burnout

Oct 18, 2017

Preserve your Ability to Serve: Know the Phases of Mission-Driven Burnout

Burnout is a terrible, draining experience for everyone.  But did you know that it’s even worse for mission-driven professionals?

Integrated Work CEO Jessica Hartung says that mission-driven burnout occurs when “an admirable personal commitment to making a difference in a specific area results in chronic over-doing because inadequate resources are available to match the individual’s vision.” Speaking as a mission-driven professional herself, Jessica goes on to say that, “For us mission-driven leaders and professionals, preserving one’s ability to serve effectively is an issue of sustainability, health, and long-term impact on the causes we care about. Many of us find our identity is closely tied to our productivity, which causes an even deeper upset within the cycle of burnout.”

Burnout can sneak up on you; one day you may hit a wall you didn’t even know was there. Fortunately, you can learn to notice when it’s happening and take action.  Jessica lists the four phases of mission-driven burnout along with four strategies to bounce back and preserve your ability to serve.

You can read about them in Conscious Company Media’s article, “How to Recognize and Prevent Mission-Driven Burnout.”

Need help protecting your organization against burnout?  Comment below about what’s on your mind.

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