What to Do When You Feel Like Quitting

Mark ReaganBurnout, Stress Management2 Comments

What to do when you feel like quitting

Ever get so stressed out or frustrated at work you wanted to quit on the spot? During college I worked part time in a warehouse full of comic books. We had millions of them. Most college jobs aren’t very glamorous, and as fun as comics can be the warehouse was anything but. In the summer it was a furnace. Every time it rained the roof leaked. Some employees had been there in the same position for 20 years and despised it. And the owner was like Michael Scott from The Office, who while hilarious to watch on TV, was not … Read More

The Price of Being Comfortable

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The Price of Being Comfortable

I’m going to let you in on a personal secret. The past few months I’ve been writing about stress and my past experiences with it, and now I’m narrowing in to also help people who feel burned out at their job since it goes hand-in-hand with stress. I don’t want this to turn into a PSA about how bad burnout is (we KNOW it’s bad), so here’s what happened.   I’ve gotten burned out too many times… but I realized over the past few weeks I had been getting burned out again, this time on coaching. On my business. On … Read More

What is Burnout and What Causes It?

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What is burnout and what causes it

Have you ever run yourself ragged? You might toil away day after day at your job, feeling overworked and underappreciated. Or that you have to prove yourself and always give your best no matter the task. As you keep pushing yourself, keep fighting against the stress, you find yourself… exhausted. Burnout can happen to the best of us. I had a writing client recently who has an achieved an amazing amount of success by the age of 32. He’s traveled to over 60 countries. He’s one of the top salesman at his company and through that and his investments makes … Read More

How Do I Tell I’m Getting Burned Out

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How do I tell I'm getting burned out

It’s 2014. March. Work offered me a promotion and I took it. My employer is increasing my pay to the highest it’s ever been. For the first time in my life I’m getting paid vacation. Sick days. Benefits. You might’ve noticed from my photos I don’t have the best teeth. You should’ve seen them before I had dental! Life. Was. Amazing. Little did I know that six months late I would be completely burned out. Worse, a year later I would be having an emotional breakdown from it. Before my girlfriend left for work that day, she asked, “Are you … Read More

The Power of Competition

Mark ReaganConfidence, Performance, Public Speaking4 Comments

The Power of competition

I pace the hall. My mouth has gone dry and my hands are sweating in the gaps between my fingers. The audience applauds the current speaker. A minute later my name is announced and I stride to the front of the room before a group of 60 people. The title of my speech is announced. Taking the place I’ve planned out on the stage, I begin speaking. Last weekend, I competed in my area’s division level contest for the International Speech Competition put on yearly by Toastmasters. The third round of the competition, I was up against seven others, each … Read More

5 Steps to Take When You Feel Overwhelmed (I Learned From My Mom)

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Steps To Take when you feel overwhelmed

Last week, I got a call from my mom. Ever talk to someone and knew as soon as they started talking something was wrong? She spoke slow, the fatigue deep in her voice. “You probably saw it on the news…” When someone starts with a sentence like that, you know it’s going to be bad. I don’t watch the news, and I tend to read world news and not the local stuff. I hadn’t heard a thing. The day before there was a fire on my mom’s floor of her apartment, and the Red Cross had set up a shelter … Read More

When Your Standards Are Too High (and When They’re Not High Enough)

Mark ReaganHappiness, Performance, Stress Management0 Comments

How to tell your standards are too high

Each week I have a call with my accountability partner. We give updates on our current projects and goals, and talk about any obstacles we run into. This past call, we ended up talking about standards. In this case, we talked about standards being too high to the point they can hold us back, cause unnecessary stress, and even stop us from trying at all. The Curse of Too High Standards Standards can be a great thing as I’ll write about below. But sometimes they keep us completely stuck or run us ragged. Here’s one of the “too high” standards … Read More

The Magic of Deadlines

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how to use deadlines

For the past few weeks, I’ve been rather… lazy. Sure, I’ve still been getting out a weekly blog post and keeping up on my other work, but I haven’t been putting much into my public speaking. This isn’t good when I have a competition coming up to prepare for in May, a 30 minute speech to work on to pitch to service clubs and other groups that need speakers, and more. What happened in March that I fell off the wagon for my speaking? An easy excuse would be to say “I didn’t have the time,” or “life happened.” Sometimes … Read More

What’s Your Stress Stalker?

Mark ReaganStress Management0 Comments

It’s there, hiding in the shadows. Following you, getting closer and closer… You might not notice it, but it’s creeping up on you. You’re starting to feel tense, scattered, and you don’t know why. Just that something’s not quite right. Your stress keeps building, the world seems like it’s spiraling out of control, and then it leaps at you from the darkness… *** Ok, so maybe that’s a bit dramatic for something that’s causing you stress. Stress isn’t some monster lurking in the shadows, but sometimes what’s causing it can be hidden. Hidden sources of stress are often in plain … Read More

3 Things Athletes Can Teach Us About Stress and Performance

Mark ReaganPerformance, Stress Management1 Comment

athletes stress and performance

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant Famous athletes can dominate headlines (and your Facebook feed). Here in Denver, there was lots of excitement around football quarterback Peyton Manning coming to play for the Broncos. I didn’t know who Peyton Manning was, and if I didn’t live here, I probably wouldn’t know who the Denver Broncos were, either. Although I played sports as a kid, I stopped enjoying it and don’t pay any attention to what goes on at the games (The Broncos won … Read More