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The price of success you shouldn’t be willing to pay

on Nov 22, 2015

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If you haven’t noticed yet, the path to achievement and success is not all upside. For every milestone you meet, there is a price to pay in return.

This year has been the most successful of my career, but it’s brought more stress than ever before. In the midst of it all, it was confusing. Achieving these goals should be giving me conviction and energy, not stress and uncertainty, right? I was lacking perspective on why this was happening, and feelings of burnout were creeping in.

For highly productive fundraisers like you, stress and burnout can almost be a given. It’s a fast moving domino-effect that looks something like this:

1. Achieving big goals requires setting big goals.
2. Big goals will mean more unknowns.
3. Overcoming unknowns requires learning and growth.
4. Learning and growth requires sacrifice and discomfort
5. Sacrifice and discomfort create stress and burnout.

It doesn’t have to stop there, but for many it does. Plus, none of that considers layers of stress you might have at home, challenges with co-workers, health issues you may be working through, etc.

What needs to happen is an intervention between steps 4 and 5 to acknowledge the onset of stress and to begin managing it in a deliberate manner. I’m going to stop short of giving you advice on how to best manage your stress because there are a tremendous amount of resources out there from qualified professionals. Talking to your doctor would be a good start, and go from there.

If you’ve been at this a while and have been there, this post is probably stating the obvious. For the younger professionals, I hope this helps! If it does, let me know on Twitter @brockwarner or connect and send me a note on Linkedin.

This post was by Brock Warner. Currently in Toronto, Brock works to foster and place value upon the act of philanthropy, no matter the size of gift. As a professional, he values the ‘how’ as much as the ‘how much’ and desire to see the fruits of my labour and energy be a catalyst for positive change. Connect with Brock on Twitter at @BrockWarner.

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