I think one of the most important things we can do to prevent burnout is to raise expectations about what’s possible. This is how I manage my work life and it’s also the reason why I am so obsessed with the topic of self-awareness.
I can’t stress this enough – I know its not always easy. But if you don’t expect something, you can’t really have it. If you don’t take risks, you can’t really have it. If you don’t push yourself, you can’t really have it. And if you don’t take the time to find out how things work and how things work for you, you can’t really have it. Self-awareness isn’t about having high expectations or being in a hurry.
This is actually a good thing. We all have expectations of ourselves, and we all have high expectations of ourselves. So I think that the only way we can realize our true potential is to take the time to figure out what we need to do to be truly satisfied.
And if we are in a hurry, then we are taking the wrong approach. We should simply realize that we are not doing it right, and then work towards figuring out how to do it right. And the only way to do that is by being in the right mindset.
The only thing that is good is to realize that we are on autopilot. If you have a lot of time to think about what to do next, then you should make sure to take time to think about what to do next. If you don’t, then you shouldn’t be going anywhere and you should be doing something you can’t do right.
This is where it gets tricky. We all have a lot of time to think about what we should be doing next. But then we also have a lot of time to do things we SHOULD be doing. So as a result, we often find ourselves going out of our way to do things that we should not, or that our best selves could do a lot better.
The problem with this is that it puts people in situations that they shouldn’t be in. For example, we should all be making more noise in order to keep the neighborhood safe and to make a good impression on our neighbors. But if we all do this, it gives the impression that everyone is doing it. When people have this expectation, they tend to expect a lot. And as a result, they get busy doing more of the things they should be doing and doing the things they shouldn’t.
Well, maybe not everyone should be doing more noise, but we do have to make sure that there is a quiet place where we can all be safe. In the real world, we have to make sure our neighbors can rest and are not constantly worried about the things that might happen to them. But they shouldnt be concerned about us if we are all doing exactly the same thing.
For many couples, raising the expectation that everything is going to be ok can be a challenge, especially since raising a child is a lot harder than raising a house. We all know how much that can feel like a burden. And, sure, we can be kind, but if we spend all our time worrying about the things we can’t change, we run the risk of becoming complacent.
This is why this is such a big deal. If we raise expectations for ourselves, we can avoid complacency. Instead of worrying about the things that will happen, we can instead focus on the things that are already happening.