We’ve all been there at different times and in different ways. Going and going until the realization hits that we’re burned out. In fact, I feel that to some degree right now as I type these words, having pushed myself way too hard this week to meet deadlines.

The author shares perspectives from three people who first understood, then adapted to burnout. A few of the insights shared: making time, being present in the now, becoming at ease with falling behind (the last one I struggle with in a big way, but the point is taken!).

The “whys” don’t matter anymore—you work too much to enjoy the new house, or the extra cash in your pocket now that you’re debt-free. All you can see is a list of to-dos that’s long and growing.

But an all-too-common case of burnout doesn’t have to be the end of your career, nor does it have to be the death of your desire to succeed. In fact, hitting rock bottom can provide the clarity that so many leaders lack after months or years of day-to-day drudgery.

“Sometimes you need someone to hold up the mirror,” … “Hitting the wall does not come from ignorance, it comes from distraction. I needed to look introspectively at what I was addicted to—was it success, respect, love, power, freedom?”

“Because of the hyper-connectivity that today’s technology affords us, being comfortably behind is a great tool to avoid burnout,” … “There will always be emails in the inbox and tasks that are newly designated to you, but it is how you manage yourself and your time that will determine your burnout rate …”