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[Burniversary Series 4/5] Breaking Through the Career Plateau: A Journey from Burnout to Mental Health and Resilience

Updated: Feb 16


Breaking Through the Career Plateau

This is part four of a five day journey, highlighting the important aspects of my burnout episode. If you haven't had the chance, catch up to the rest of the "Burniversary Series" by reviewing Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3, respectively.


On the fourth day of a profound five-day journey into self-awareness, I found myself grappling with an aspect often overshadowed by physical health: mental well-being. Once the physical symptoms of my burnout had subsided, I was confronted with a barrage of mental health challenges that raised fundamental questions about my career and aspirations.


The Onset of Mental Health Challenges


  • "Am I smart enough?"

  • "Am I strong enough?"

  • "Do I want this that badly?"

  • "What would I want instead?"


These introspective questions began to surface, emphasizing the importance of mental health and resilience in the workplace. It was a point of reckoning, a moment to reassess not just my career goals but my approach to achieving them, including incorporating techniques to enhance mental well-being at work.


Breaking Through the Career Plateau

Navigating Career Ambitions and Company Expectations


We often have grand ambitions and expect our company to support us in realizing these dreams. However, the reality is that companies may not always provide the necessary support for our mental health and career progression. For an in-depth look at how career coaching can assist in creating healthy work boundaries in demanding environments, consider reading my insights in the article, "Career Coaching and Creating Healthy Work Boundaries at Deloitte." This piece explores the role of burnout coaching in navigating corporate landscapes, a crucial factor for those facing a career plateau.


Because, in truth, it’s not their job. It’s ours. And here lies the crucial lesson: understanding how to grow and progress in our careers without burning out is essential. We need to transition from merely surviving in our roles to thriving within them.


Recognizing the Plateau: Old Solutions, New Problems

Advancement in careers isn’t always intuitive, especially when facing a career plateau. The strategies that once propelled us forward no longer seemed effective. For those seeking practical advice on how to navigate this stage, Forbes offers an insightful article, "Hit the Mid-Career Plateau? 10 Ways to Get Unstuck," providing valuable strategies to overcome these common career hurdles.


It's about reaching that pinnacle in your career without harboring the secret desire to escape it – to avoid the metaphorical burning down of everything you’ve worked so hard to build.


Breaking Through the Career Plateau

Facing Realities: The Impermanence of Job Security

The reality of job security, or the lack thereof, can exacerbate the feeling of a career plateau. The possibility of layoffs or unexpected health diagnoses underscores the importance of developing resilience in our careers and adopting effective mental health strategies at work.


Thriving in Adversity: The Key to Breaking Through a Career Plateau

Understanding how to thrive in adversity is crucial to breaking through a career plateau. Developing the ability to adapt, grow, and find balance is what differentiates those who excel from those who remain stagnant. In exploring these themes, the evolving world of professional development offers unique solutions. For insights into innovative approaches, my article, "Leveraging Online Life Coaching for Enhanced Professional Development: The Untapped Potential", sheds light on how online life coaching can play a pivotal role in navigating through career plateaus and enhancing professional growth.


Breaking Through the Career Plateau

Is This Resonating with You?

If these words strike a chord, you might be experiencing a career plateau. Many professionals find themselves in this situation, seeking ways to reignite their passion and drive in their careers, often requiring a renewed focus on mental health and career resilience.


Breaking Through the Work Plateau

Curious about how to break through this career stagnation? The key lies in adopting new strategies, adapting to changing circumstances, and finding a balance between ambition and personal well-being, which includes prioritizing mental health and developing career resilience.


Conclusion: Charting a Path Forward

As we conclude this fourth day of reflection, it's clear that overcoming a career plateau requires resilience, adaptability, and a balanced approach to professional and personal life. Transforming the way we view our work and life involves turning career challenges into opportunities for growth, self-discovery, and prioritizing mental health and resilience in the workplace.

Burnout is a frequent challenge for the hardest-working women, especially when faced with the stagnation of a career plateau. If you find yourself overwhelmed by balancing professional responsibilities with personal growth, know that you are not alone. I have supported numerous talented Partners, VPs, Managers, and Experienced Associates like yourself in successfully navigating their careers, steering them through periods of career plateau without succumbing to burnout.


Let's connect and develop a strategy to effectively overcome this career stagnation. Schedule a consultation call with me so you can take the first step toward reinvigorating your professional path! Together, we'll work to transform your career journey from a static plateau to a dynamic path of continual growth and satisfaction.


Burnout Coach


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