5 Steps to Re-Ignite Your Flame After a Bout With Burn Out…

As leaders there comes a time in our lives that we may face intense struggle between all of the constant demands that come with leadership. We give of ourselves often to the point where we become physically and mentally depleted.  Before we know it, the burning flame of enthusiasm that we had for leading others has been extinguished by exhaustion and fatigue.  How can you get back to a state of excitement vigor for those that you lead?  Here are some tips that helped me to get back in the swing of things.  Please remember that these are not magical, over night solutions.  Just like you gradually got the point of burn out, you must take gradual and intentional steps to get back in the game.

1.  Eliminate Energy Drainers & Learn How to Say NO! 

This can be tough because many of the things that can drain us are usually associations that are beyond our control like family or things that our are our livelihood such as your occupation.  If this is the case, you may have to set firm boundaries regarding your time with family members and restate your expectations of them as well as what they can reasonably expect from you.  Remember: cut activities you find yourself doing “just because”.  You have to realize that you cannot be all things for all people.  At some point, you have to put your needs ahead of others.  And that should not be taken in a selfish context.  When you board a plane and they go over emergency procedures, they instruct you to place the mask over your own face then proceed to help others.  You have to make sure that you are okay or you won’t be around very long to help anyone even if you wanted to.  “Saying No” is often tough because we don’t want to offend people.  But if you work to develop tact in doing this, over time people will learn to respect your decision and your reason for saying no.

2.  Re-Prioritize & De-Clutter Your Physical Environment

Please allow me to be as honest as possible with this piece of advice.  There are just some things that we have made a priority in our lives that are NOT a priority with God and are not in line with our purpose.  Some stuff can wait or be eliminated all together!

We must do “first things first”.  Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does this really have to be done now or even done at all?
  • Is what I am doing necessary for my livelihood or the well-being and safety of myself and family?

Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.”  There are simply some things that we work around the clock for with hopes for certain gains that are outside of the true will of God for our lives.  Moreover, it may be that something is in the will of God, but outside of His timing.  In my opinion, de-cluttering your physical environment is one of easiest steps to conquer.  Your physical environment is a reflection of your mental state.  More often than not, if your work space is unorganized and cluttered, so are your thoughts!  I chose to hire a professional organizer to help speed up the efficiency of this task.


Often times this is perceived as a sign of weakness.  This is untrue!  Asking for help is actually a sign of true wisdom.  The greatest goals are often accomplished not by a singular effort but as a team.  Take Moses’ example in Deuteronomy 1:9-18!  If you feel like you are overwhelmed or are experiencing depression, I feel that it is wise to talk with someone about how you are feeling by seeking professional help.  This could include a variety of individuals such as a counselor, your pastor, spiritual guide or a trusted friend.  A skilled counselor can help you restructure and learn to recognize the onset of burn out to prevent future bouts!

4.  Pray/Meditate/REST!

This may be the most critical of all the things that you do to help rejuvenate your desire for leadership.  Imagine for a moment a plug to an appliance that becomes disconnected from a wall power socket.  No matter how many different ways you push the on switch to the appliance, it will not come on until it is connected to a source of power.  The same goes with us as leaders.  There are times when we will become disconnected from our supernatural power source which is God.  We must reconnect ourselves to Him through sincere prayer in Jesus’ name.  You will indefinitely have to physically separate yourself from distractions and quiet yourselves through prayer and meditation to clearly hear from Him.  Rest for your physical body is necessary for many reasons.  You are better able to focus when you are rested and it improves your mood.  We are less likely to get sick when we are well rested also.  Take a simple lesson from our Creator.  Even He rested after forming the universe!

5.  PUSH!

After working through all of the above steps in my own struggle with burn out, I must admit that there still came a day when I had to look at myself in the mirror, think about the mission ahead of me and PUSH!!!  I had to PUSH through what I felt like and realize that everyday I will not always FEEL like going but I still have to because people are counting on me.  I had to remind myself that God’s plan is bigger than a temporary feeling that I am experiencing at the moment.

Question:  What temporary feelings can you push through to help you achieve God’s bigger plan?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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Rachel L. Proctor

Rachel Proctor is a productivity coach for multi-passionate entrepreneurs who struggle with taking their business ideas from the starting block to across the finish line. Through her inspiring blog posts + videos, on-demand training products and one-on-one coaching, she’s here to challenge you to take purpose-driven risks and shake up your approach to goal setting. She will show you how to turn your ideas + passions into purposeful actions to create a business that will change the world - while making every step seem effortless! And when she’s not coaching, you can find her indulging in (and highlighting) the latest John Maxwell book, watching anything on Food Network or shopping for fabulous shoes. Meet Rachel and get ready to turn your passions into to a business that will change the world at www.RachelLProctor.com.