This Simple Trick Will Help You Identify the Onset of Burnout

I hear it and see it all the time – Burnout. It’s that feeling of frustration, depleted energy, checked-out behavior, and the need to escape. Sometimes we can feel it coming on within ourselves and sometimes we brush it off as something else. The following tool will help you nip the issue before it becomes full on burnout and will give you a different perspective of those around you who may be experiencing it.

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It’s called Listening to people’s Range of Engagement in their language. It comes through in casual conversations, emails, and in meetings. Obviously if someone is telling you they’re burning out, you should probably take that seriously. But if the signs aren’t so clear, here are the four areas.

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As you move from the left to right of the chart, a higher level of engagement and energy is experienced, and the chance for success is increased.

“Can’t or Won’t”

At the left side, the range of engagement is characterized by a “won’t” perspective. “I won’t” engage and I have no power to engage. Life happens to me no matter what I do or believe.

“Have To”

The next phase of engagement, “Have to” involves a short-term perspective. I “have to” complete the task in front of me or else I will experience dire consequences. People at this level of engagement tend to “muscle” their way through life, extending a great deal of effort to get through what is in front of them in order to get to that which they believe holds their success.

“Need To”

The third phase is a more powerful phase. Here an individual is aware of their choices and seeks to find opportunity in the challenges presented to them. They are able to create opportunities, but frequently distractions take them off their desired course. An individual at this level of engagement may say “If I want success, I need to do these things.” They know their success is their choice, but are not always able to integrate that into their internal belief system.

“Choose To”

The most powerful level of engagement is “Choose to.” At this level people are more fully engaged because they feel they have complete choice. They are absorbed in the enjoyment of their roles and feel a powerful connection between who they are and what they do.


Go back and listen to your own conversations or read past emails. Which area of engagement are you speaking from and where can you adapt your language to increase your engagement.


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