a workshop by Paul Sewell
Are you feeling exhausted, hollow, cynical, trapped, angry, just not there, or just not yourself? Working harder but getting less done? Working longer but seeing less results? Being sick too often or for too long? Or do you know someone else who feels like this?
My workshop will dig not only into these warning signs, but also the root cause of burnout, and the joyful Jesus way out and into a more beautiful life.
I remember warming up for a soccer game with great reluctance. I was going through the motions physically, but my heart was not in it. In fact, I was desperately hoping the other team would not show up because I did not feel like playing.
I repeated this pattern Saturday after Saturday for over a year until a collision with a goal keeper landed me in the ER then surgery with a life changing head injury.
Why did I keep pressing on with soccer when I was exhausted and didn’t want to be there anymore?
Why did it take a life altering injury to get my attention?
Because I did not understand the signs of burnout.
Maybe this was excusable for 17 year old Paul, but all adults automatically know the signs of burnout right?
I repeated this pattern of burnout as an adult in other areas of my life besides sports.
I burned out in my work (twice!).
I burned out in certain relationships.
I burned out in my church ministry service.
And I am not alone.
I have seen smart driven young professionals burn out in their work within two years of graduating college. I have seen countless people burn out in ministry both as volunteers as well as vocation Kingdom workers. I have seen people, especially ladies, burnout in certain relationships in their lives.
Burnout is epidemic in this generation
The pressing questions right now are:
Do you know the signs of burnout?
And do you know the way out of burnout?
I have only gotten clarity and answers on these two questions in the last year. So for most of my life, I have been ignorant of how all this works.
And as the perpetual teacher and coach that I am, I now feel compelled to share what I have learned with others. Not that I have all the answers. Not that I have it all figured out. But I have learned a ton, applied it in my life, and I want to help others in their journey.
I want to help people recognize the warning signs and make course corrections before things get really bad.
And I have seen things get really bad. Both in my own life and in the lives of those I care about. I have seen people close to me ignore the warnings signs of burnout and:
- were unable to get out of bed for months,
- stop reading their bible for years,
- lose their career,
- ruin their reputation,
- hurt many people through infidelity,
- experience negative health consequences,
- land in the emergency room, &
- end up locked in the psych ward for several days.
The earlier burnout is noticed and addressed, the less consequences there are and the easier it is too find the joyful way out. The longer burnout is ignored, the more extreme the consequences are. But no matter how extreme, Jesus always has a joyful path out of burnout for us. He is our good shepherd protecting us and guiding us into a meaningful and desirable life. He will lead us to a more full and blessed life with Him, but first we must recognize when we are getting burned out so we will come to Him.
I don’t know who around me needs to learn more about burnout and the way out. I have a feeling it might be more people than I realize.
That is why I created this workshop.
Burnout: the warning signs, the root cause, and the Jesus way out.
How it works
The Workshop will take place with Paul on Zoom.
This workshop is one stand alone 90 minute meeting. There is no ongoing or weekly commitment.
To create the best possible environment for learning and coaching, I am making this workshop:
- Limited to 12 people, &
- FREE of cost (like all my courses and workshops are now).
There is no prep work for this workshop. (Burned out people might have trouble doing it.) Simply log onto zoom at the appropriate time and I will guide you from there.
The format of the workshop is 30/30/30.
- 30 minutes of teaching from Paul
- 30 minutes of self-application and small group discussion
- 30 minutes of large group discussion
Who it is for
If you think you might be experiencing any signs of burnout, I want to invite you to join me in this workshop and learn the Jesus way out.
Maybe you have no warning signs at all, but you want to learn about burnout now so you will be prepared just in case it arises in the future.
Or maybe you have a heart to help others with burnout, so you want to get educated in the topic.
These are all good reasons to join me.
Remember the spots are limited, so go ahead and register so I can save you a seat.
UPDATE: The Burnout Workshop in June filled up to capacity in just 3 days and went to waitlist. Since this workshop is meeting a real need that people have, I am offering it again in August. Join the waitlist now, and I will notify you when we set the date.