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This book could save your life. Burnout to Brilliance could save your life. Author Jayne Morris offers the rationale, the reasoning and the tools to enhance your life. It’s informative, easy to read and packed with ideas from someone who’s been there, done it and proudly wears the T-Shirt.

–Michael Heppell, the UK’s Number One Motivational Speaker
Best Selling Author, Number One Speaker and Success Coach

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‘This book could save your life. Burnout to Brilliance will give you the reason, the thinking and the tools to enhance your life. It’s informative, easy to read and packed with ideas from an author who’s been there, done it and proudly wears the T-Shirt.’  Michael Heppell, Best Selling Author, No.1 Speaker and Success Coach

‘This book clearly shows the way to Brilliance. When we’re overwhelmed by the busy-ness of everyday life, it’s easy to feel disconnected from our innate happiness, brilliance, and love. The result: depletion or burn out. If you want a life that feels vital, alive, and aligned with your dreams, meet Jayne Morris. In Burnout to Brilliance, she clearly shows the way.’ Marci Shimoff, professional speaker and New York Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason, Love For No Reason, and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

‘A must read! Burnout is endemic in the NHS and other public services, and it is important that ways are found to reduce it. This book is a valuable contribution, filled with vital information and tactics for a stress free working life.‘ Dr. Clare Gerada, Immediate Past Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners


Burnout to Brilliance: Strategies for Sustainable Success

I witnessed Jayne Morris deliver a motivational speech from the stage to a large audience. She is brilliant!  —Suze Orman, internationally acclaimed personal finance expert, host of CNBC’s The Suze Orman Show, New York Times bestselling author of seven consecutive books and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today.

“I used to be addicted to busyness. I could not sit still for longer than five minutes without feeling the urgent need to be doing something productive.  There was always something drawing my attention that needed ‘doing.’  I was unaware that I had made busyness the purpose of my life.  In all of my busyness I forgot to look after myself.”—from Burnout To Brilliance

We are fast turning from a race of human “beings” into human “doings,” says Jayne Morris, author of the forthcoming book Burnout to Brilliance.

Overwhelmed by the fast-paced and technologically demanding world in which we live, we routinely run on reserves and force ourselves to accept that constantly feeling tired is all part and parcel of living a busy and “connected” life. As a result, she maintains, our quality of life and our health is suffering.

As a young, aspiring professional on a fast-track career in broadcast journalism, Morris began to exhibit classic symptoms of overwork and exhaustion herself. One day, she realised that if she continued to ignore warning signs and symptoms of the illnesses she was experiencing, the outcome could be catastrophic.

When the signs and symptoms of stress go beyond inconvenient headaches, disturbed sleep or difficulty concentrating, it’s time to commit to making change.  Morris transformed her own impending burnout into an opportunity to harness her full potential as a speaker and coach, encouraging and supporting others to transform their lives by learning how to trust our inherent intuition and the wisdom of our bodies.

In Burnout to Brilliance, Jayne Morris offers an alternative that has transformed the lives of countless people she’s helped to address burnout, overcome limitations and wake up to the gift of their lives as a journey for self-discovery, self-care and deep fulfillment.

Drawing upon her wisdom and experience, Morris coaches readers how to effectively:

      • Identify the signs and symptoms of burnout
      • Recover energy and enthusiasm
      • Regain power, passion and purpose
      • Develop strategies for sustainable success

In a voice that is supportive, reassuring and readily accessible, Morris offers tools, exercises and techniques to help readers move forward with a calm confidence in overcoming burnout as well as successfully navigate future challenges—all with a steadfast commitment to creating a life of brilliance and satisfaction.

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Foreword

As someone who experiences stress nightmares when I’m run down and overly tired — and as one who firmly believes the architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of repair and renovation—I’m always grateful to hear a reassuring voice from someone who not only shares the experience but embodies a path to renewal and recovery.

Jayne Morris lived the fast-paced and fast-tracked life that sadly has become the rule rather than the exception for many today. We wear our busyness with a false sense of pride, complaining to others about never having enough time, yet inwardly proclaiming our chaotic lives as an indicator of our self-worth and success. As a result, burnout, stress and depression have become worldwide epidemics.

“We are fast turning from a race of human ‘beings’ into human ‘doings,’” Jayne wisely notes. Overwhelmed by the fast-paced and technologically demanding world in which we live, she says, we routinely run on reserves and force ourselves to accept that constantly feeling tired is all part and parcel of living a busy and “connected” life.

I couldn’t agree with her more. We relentlessly push and press forward, eventually hitting the proverbial wall. The price we are paying for this way of thinking and living is far too high and unsustainable.

The founder of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, relays her burnout story in her latest book, Thrive. She states that if you’re lucky, you have a “final straw” moment before it’s too late. Arianna’s arrived in the spring of 2007, when she literally collapsed from exhaustion and lack of sleep onto the floor of her home office and found herself in a pool of blood from a head injury.

Ironically, Jayne’s final straw came that same year, when she began to develop repetitive strain injury in her hands, wrists and arms, perspiring so heavily that she had to change clothes three times each day. She subsequently developed post viral fatigue and labyrinthitis, and was bedridden for six months.

Arianna’s personal “wake-up” call prompted a period of deep reflection, reevaluation, and ultimately, renewal as she reexamined her assumptions about work, the definition of success, personal priorities and what constitutes a meaningful and rewarding life.

Thankfully, Jayne’s did as well. “Despite being exhausted physically and emotionally from burnout, as I slowly began to recover, I experienced something of an awakening,” she writes. “In pushing myself to the limits, I suddenly realized that I could go no further unless I found a way to turn everything around. I connected with an internal longing to do so much more with my life, fuelled by the energy of creativity and inspiration.”

Marie Asberg, professor that the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, describes burnout as an “exhaustion funnel” we slip down as we give up things we don’t think are important. We all know the feeling. Overwork becomes a way of life, leaving us continuously feeling exhausted and depleted. Somewhere in the back of our minds, however, we realize that one by one, the moments in life that truly matter are passing us by.

Jayne began to re-examine her life and the passions that had fueled her work and interests over the years. As she reflected on key life experiences, previous challenges she had overcome, and the natural talents and the skills she had developed along the way, the pieces slowly began to fall into place. She ultimately was able to open to her true calling and purpose in life.

The editorial philosophy behind HuffPost’s twenty-six Lifestyle sections is based on four pillars referred to as the Third Metric. We’re all familiar with the primary metrics and measures of success in our society: money and power. However, to live the lives we truly want and deserve—and not just the lives we settle for—we need a Third Metric, a third measure of success that goes beyond the two metrics of money and power, and consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving.

These four pillars allow us to connect with innate desire to engage with others and inhabit a new definition of a successful life. HuffPost’s Lifestyle sections promote the ways that we can take care of ourselves and lead balanced, centered lives while making a positive difference in the world. We have a wide array of talented and gifted writes and authors who contribute to these sections. Not surprisingly, Jayne Morris is one of them.

Well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. Burnout to Brilliance embodies the essence of the fourth pillar of the Third Metric as a manifestation of the transformative power of sharing one’s experience and wisdom with the world.

In Thrive, Arianna tells readers that one of her favorite phrases is solvitur ambulando—“It is solved by walking.” It refers to the fourth-century-BC Greek philosopher Diogenes’s response to the question of whether motion is real. To answer, he got up and walked.

As it turns out, there are many problems for which walking is the solution. In our culture of overwork, burnout, and exhaustion, how to we tap into our creativity, our wisdom, our capacity for wonder? Solvitur ambulando.

I encourage you to walk with Jayne Morris through the pages of this book as she guides us toward a life of brilliance.

Carla Buzasi

Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post UK & Global Editorial Director for HuffPost Lifestyle

 

 

 

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Contents

Foreword by Carla Buzasi
A Note from the Author
Preface
Introduction
Burnout Defined
How to Use This Book

Part 1 Discovery

Identifying Signs and Symptoms
Emotional and Cognitive Symptoms
Depression
Anxiety
Tearfulness
Recurring Dreams
Insomnia
Physical Symptoms
Adrenal Fatigue
White Line Test
Pupil Contraction Test
Blood Pressure
Breakdowns
Clutter
Your Burnout Script
Learning From Your Past
Life Exploration Exercise
Common Limiting Beliefs
Diamond Exercise
Need-to-Know Summary

Part 2 Recovery

Recovering Your Energy
Light Bulb Exercise
Extreme Self Care
Balance Wheel Exercise
Change Your Lifestyle Habits
You Are What You Eat
Overcoming Sleep Deprivation
Learn To Say ‘No’
Commitment Clearing
Commitment Exercise
Mind Map Exercise
Useful Phrases
Zero Toleration
Blame and Toleration Exercise
Forgiveness
Forgiveness Exercise
Walking Away
Energy Management
Protection Process
Exhausting Statements
Energy Magnet Exercise
Should, Must, Ought
Energy Maintenance
Energetically Disconnecting
Cord Cutting Method
Discovering Your Inner Power
The Mind-Body Connection
Strengthening Your Intuition
Learning Styles and Intuitive Abilities
Best Friend Test
Last Holiday
Meditation
Meditation Myths
Benefits of Meditation
Burnout Root Cause Meditation
Harnessing Your Brightest Potential
Power Shout Exercise
Blasting Through Blocks
False Notions
Having It All as a Woman
Having It All as a Man
Compulsive Comparison
Perfectionism
Extreme Perseverance
Illusion Urgency
Interrupting
Fear of Change
Feel Your Fear Exercise
Busyness
Need-to-Know Summary

Part 3 Brilliance

Writing a New Script
Mask of Potential
Art Experiments
Poetry Exercise
Story Telling Exercise
Music
Mapping Out Your Future
Expressing Gratitude
Gratitude List
New Life New Priorities
Purpose Statement Exercise
Creating Your Future Vision
Vision Expansion Exercise
Future Vision Expansion Meditation
Meaningful Mornings
Creating a Vision Board
Setting Inspired Goals
New Beliefs
New Actions
Goal-Setting Exercise
Future Action Map
Balance Action with Inaction
Wellness Balance Chart
Be Patient
Fuel for Brilliance
Strategies for Sustained Success
Get Enough Sleep
Be Happy For No Reason
Schedule Renewal
Stop Juggling, Start Single Tasking
Prioritise Your Rocks
Know When You Are Done
Believe In Yourself
Ask for Help
Create a Sacred Space
Set Self-Care Reminders
Stay Flexible
Need-to-Know Summary
Moving Beyond Burnout

Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Endnotes