Do you love going to work? Are you one of those people who hops out of bed, eager to start your morning routine so you can get to the office and dig into your work, feeling lit by purpose and passion? According to recent research, if you answered ‘yes’ to those questions you’re actually among the minority of Americans. Loving our jobs isn’t the default, but getting there and finding your next opportunity that does light your fire is possible.
After spending a decade grappling with a fast-paced career in marketing and two autoimmune diseases, Amina hit burnout. In hopes of healing her own life, she sought training in coaching, nutrition, fitness and mindfulness and her goal became to teach others how to balance a thriving career, body and mind. She takes a holistic approach to coaching— examining any blocks in the mindset, in our bodies and in how we lead.
Amina is on Goal Digger to talk about hustle culture, about knowing the difference between burnout and exhaustion, setting boundaries in the workplace, and tips for confidently selecting your next path towards and aligned, authentic career.
Non-Linear Career Path
Amina AlTai walked through the winding non-linear career path that brought her to where she is today, and it was a beautiful foundation for what she teaches: You do not need to have a straight line progression to your final goal.
Amina shared, “I think as humans, we are always evolving and I think that in years gone by, decades gone by, generations before us, we didn’t live as long and we had one career and it was linear and it was this one path,” she continued, “Now we’re multi hyphenate, we have so many slashes in our titles and there’s so much information out there and we hae permission to evolve all the time. And so of course our careers would evolve alongside us.”
For Amina, it’s about granting that permission over and over saying, “I love this thing now, and I’m great at this thing now. And there might be something else in the future, too. We’re always becoming.”
Hustle Culture Issues
“Our next level of success won’t come from doing more, it’ll come from being more you.” Amina has that quote on her website and it’s the foundation of what she teaches and believes.
For Amina, her burnout came from believing that if she wasn’t going to be the smartest, at least she would be the hardest worker. This “wound”, as she calls it, informed her view of work and worth.
“I think that’s true for so many of us, we’re coming from a wound, there’s something inside of us that needs to be healed or doesn’t feel seen or heard. And so we’re seeking that thing outside of ourselves, but we end up instrumentalizing our bodies almost dehumanizing, like trying to squeeze every last drop out of ourselves and it’s not possible.”
Amina explained that taking care of the person doing the work is one of the most important parts of it all, “When I’m working with clients, I always invite them into thinking about a sort of triple bottom line approach of people, profit, the planet. Not just profit. Humans are such an integral part of our success. We have to take care of our people and take care of ourselves and it’s no longer a luxury. Self-care isn’t a luxury. We have to really prioritize it, to be able to show up really fully for the work that we’re called to do.”
Four Aspects of Burn Out
Amina explained that there are typically four contributors to burnout. They are biology, invisible labor, visible labor, and tolerations.
She shared that those of us with female hormones actually have a higher propensity for burnout. It’s just the way that we’re designed. It’s important to be aware of that biology piece when talking about burnout.
Second, invisible labor is the work you’re doing that’s not necessarily seen or paid for behind the scenes. This might look like passion tax, as in, those who are passionate about their work are often asked to do more. Third, there’s the visible work – the work we’re actually being paid to do.
Finally, the toleration piece includes the things we tolerate that we don’t need to. “All four of those things combine and create this perfect storm of, I don’t know if I can do this anymore,” Amina shared.
Press play on this episode to hear Amina’s advice for recognizing these four areas of burnout and actionable tips for digging your way out, or better yet, stopping burnout in its tracks.
More from Amina AlTai
For more from Amina, follow along on Instagram @aminaaltai, learn more about what she teaches on her website, plus snag Amina’s FREE Burnout and Passion & Purpose worksheets. Press play on this episode for even more goodness about finding work you truly love to do.