Wholeheartedness: The Antidote for Burnout

My guest today is someone who has a whole new perspective about the way we look at wellness, nutrition, and exercise. After working in the corporate world for more than twenty-five years, she started her entrepreneurial journey and started helping her clients optimize their well-being, especially in times of transition. Kathy Robinson, certified wellness coach, podcaster, and the author of  The Athena Principles – Simple Wellness Practices for Overworked Professionals joins us today to talk about the antidote for burnout; wholeheartedness.

Show Notes

Kathy’s Story – We start the conversation with the story of how Kathy started doing what she loves and started her firm after decades of experience working in the corporate world and what she learned through her journey.

Health & Wellness – Kathy started thinking about her endurance, health, and wellness in her mid-30s. We dive into the events that led her to become more conscious about her wellness and the habits she started to develop to stay healthy.

Wholeheartedness – The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness, says Kathy. We dive deep into this concept of wholeheartedness, what it means, its benefits, and how you can start to practice it in your life.

Wellness and Self-respect – Wellness is not just about physical health. Kathy emphasizes how wellness is connected to the way we treat ourselves.

The Five Principles – Kathy highlights five principles that help you improve your life. We dive into what each of them means and how to implement these concepts in your life.

Celebrating Achievements – Some of us are extremely relentless when pursuing our goals and tend to skip celebrations that make us happy. Kathy shares her wisdom on why we should celebrate our achievements and what she does to remind herself of that.

Goals & Intention – Kathy shares her take on the difference between goals and intention and why we should be aware of that distinction between the two concepts.

Connet with Kathy Robinson

Kathy’s Book – The Athena Principles:amazon.com/Athena-Principles-Practices-Overworked-Professionals/dp/B0882P9Z6N
Podcast: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/athena-wellness-podcast-reclaiming-our-warrior-spirit/id1548745609
Website: athenawellness.com
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/kathybrobinson-athenawellness

Bobbi’s Takeaways

I hope that you found inspiration from Kathy’s story as well as practical ideas to move you forward. 

Here are my three insights:

  1. Our identity drives change.  When Kathy fell on those steps at Rockefeller Center, something clicked inside that said, “This is NOT who I am.”  When we connect at an identity level with something, change happens because it creates a pull – or a tug – in a positive direction.  At a point, once we start taking the actions that align with that identity – we create an upward positive spiral that creates its own momentum for us. 
  2. I loved how Kathy talked about the “still point” and listening to it.  As she said, we have to get quiet enough to hear it.  If you’ve listened to this show at all, you know how much I love cross-country skiing and road cycling.  Both of them helped me find that still, quiet point for myself.  I’m in nature. I do NOT listen to music or podcasts or anything because I want to tune into the sounds – the sound of the wind, or of the birds, occasionally, I’m lucky enough to hear the elk bugling as I’m biking, but by doing that, I can tune into my own breathing and being.  There are a lot of answers in that stillness. 
  3. “The antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest.  The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.”  I think a lot of times, we think that when we are burnt out or exhausted, we only need rest and maybe binge-watch some stuff on Netflix or whatever.  And, there are times when we do need that.  But maybe what we are really missing is bringing our wholeheartedness to our life.