Often the best medicine is to take more action. If you’re suffering from any type of hardship–hitting the gym, and going out and talking to more people is a quick cure.
It’s worked countless times for me.
But when you have setback after setback, and failure after failure with no success it does take a mental toll on your mind and body.
Eventually it will catch up to your and you’ll suffer a mental breakdown of some sort.
When taking more action makes you feel worse, then you are suffering from failure burnout.
It’s happened to me several times. People in any type of sales will know what I’m talking about.
Taking more action will take your mind off of things, but then you’ll think, “Yeah I did all that and got nothing.” Then you’ll use that and start bringing yourself to a low point.
How to get over failure burnout
Focus on you. Go spartan.
Cut off or limit social media, checking your phone, and just hit the gym with no other intentions but to get to feeling good.
When I go through this type of period, I keep my phone in my gym bag and don’t bother checking it. I keep the thing out of my pocket. If the phone is in my pocket i’ll be forced to constantly check it. Our phones are responsible for so much drama that some people can go from happy to pissed off at a single text message. Think about that.
I’ve seen other people get stressed about not getting a message back.
If single text is enough to change your mood, then think about not having your phone in your pocket and just check it less than 4 times a day. Morning. Lunch. Dinner. Before bed.
That’s the prescription I assign myself.
You’ll need to avoid all the things that give you hardship. For me, it’s my phone and checking social media.
Give yourself a week or a month.
When I focus on myself, that means I focus more on my projects. I bury myself in busyness rather than nothingness. Burying yourself in nothingness is a recipe for bad thoughts that spiral out of control.
If I could summerize this into one sentence: You will never go wrong focusing on yourself.
Cutting out the phone, friends, reading books, hitting the weights, not thinking about girls, getting a massage, and traveling are all great ways to get your mind on the right track again.
Think of it as taking a vacation from all the BS. But it’s not because you’re staying productive.
But it’s hard and I can’t do it.
Reframe this situation as a 30 day challenge. As I’ve said countless times before, there’s a 30 day challenge for everything.
I did the 10-week Wim Hof breathing course where I took cold showers everyday. I didn’t realize how much willpower I had but I did the challenge.
Think of it as short term pivot where all you do is focus on yourself and what you want out of life. That’s all.