I am on my 5th straight week of teaching. You may not see the enormity of that statement, but for someone my age who uses a high-energy level when teaching, it’s huge. I know my limits and believe me, this week is going to push me beyond them. I am ready for burn out and I know burn out is our enemy.
When I practiced real estate as a broker, my compassion was limited for agents who allowed themselves to become burned out. I preached often that we must avoid burn out since burn out is our enemy. I saw it in our real estate careers, I saw it in our church, and I saw it in our friends and family members. We just keep going, never refreshing ourselves, and finally we can no longer function normally.
Our One-Week Fast track is exactly what it says. It goes from Monday through Sunday, practically feeling non-stop, and when it’s over we are all spent. Burn out is our enemy, it is not our friend, and to do what we do is almost emotional self-destruction. It must be done, though, because there is a population of students in our area who want to get in, get it done, and get on with their lives. Dragging a class out to two months doesn’t work for everyone any more than a one-week fast track works for everyone.
One you become a REALTOR® or real estate agent, you must meet a totally different set of objectives, and once again, it’s easy to see that burn out is our enemy. You must be good to yourself. Life cannot always be about work; there are times when life should be about fun and enjoyment. As burn out is our enemy, relaxation is our friend. We must recognize the signs as we get closer and closer to psychological exhaustion, and the smart real estate agents will know when to back down, when to take a breather, when to enjoy family and friends, and when to avoid burn out.
Life is amazing. Its highs and lows are exciting. Life is never just constant or ordinary, no matter who we are or what we do. Life is meant to be enjoyed in proper proportion to our careers. Practicing real estate affords us the luxury of deciding when to take a break and enjoy. Don’t let that luxury pass by without taking advantage of it. Sure, I’m tired this week, but I know after Sunday I will be able to take a nice, long break. I will be able to relax and thumb my nose at burn out. Having blocked my time, having planned, and being stubborn enough to stick to the plan, I will be fishing, hopefully when you read this blog!
Burn out is our enemy, but we don’t have to succumb to it. Learn more about planning and blocking your time. If TEAM Hughes can help, let us know. Otherwise, see you on the water!