Help!\n\nHow do I avoid getting totally burned out?\n\nDavid Cottrell, President and CEO of Cornerstone Leadership Institute, is an internationally known \nmanagement consultant and author of Monday \nMorning Mentoring, Monday Morning Choices and \nMonday Morning Motivation \n\nAlways understand that burnout is created by stress\u2014a constant flow of stress, in some cases. If this is happening to you, it can be devastating to your job performance but, more importantly, it can destroy your physical health at the same time. \n\nYour first action should be to evaluate the facts of the situation: Is this problem a long-term challenge or merely a short-term inconvenience? \n\nNext step: Talk to someone about it. Holding the stress inside creates more stress. Sharing your situation with someone you trust\u2014a peer, spouse or spiritual advisor even\u2014will help you discover that something can be done to change the landscape. \nThird step, if you are in a rut, start digging yourself out. Read something positive, get rest and don't take yourself so seriously.\n\nSometimes you need to take another look at your personal goals. If the burnout is prolonged, you may find now is the perfect time to move in a different direction. Before you do, though, take the time to thoroughly understand why you are burned out and make sure the same will not happen at your next opportunity. The grass is not always greener elsewhere. It may be you need to water the grass where you are. \n\nNever over-react. When you are in burnout mode, everything is exaggerated. So, it's probably not the right time to just "take this job and shove it." In times of stress and\/or ambiguity, never make long-term, life-changing decisions. However this is also not the time to just sit there and hope things improve. Never, in the history of mankind, has any situation improved on it's own while you sit there, doing nothing. \n\nDavid Cottrell has more than 25 years of business experience including senior management positions with FedEx and Xerox.