Think a c-suite role is exhausting? Here’s how to reframe that.

When it comes to getting promoted into the c-suite, one of the #1 things I see holding people back is the fear that taking on a senior level executive position will be utterly, completely, EXHAUSTING.

They assume that reaching that level in their organization will come at expense of their health, their time, and their family.

And that makes sense.

You got to the place where you are in middle management or just below the c-suite by working really hard.

You worked hard to be the subject matter expert. You worked hard to get really good at what you do.

And if you haven’t already spent time at that higher level, it’s natural to assume that it has to be even harder.

So it’s no wonder that you feel exhausted just thinking about it.

But getting a role in the c-suite doesn’t have to be that way.

You can prevent burnout by reframing the issue and developing certain skills. 

Here’s how to do it:

Tip #1: Get in control of your time

I want this to be your mantra:

Enhancing my energy at work is in my control.

One of the best ways to get in control of your energy is to figure out how to manage your time better, starting…NOW.

Not once you step into a c-suite role. NOW.

When you get in control of your time, you are showing the senior management team that you can do the job.

Because when it comes to scaling your career, do you know what doesn’t scale? 


Exhaustion doesn’t scale.

And if you are already exhausted at the level you are at now, there is no way they are going to give you more responsibility.

So, how do you get in control of your time?

You become the Executive Ahead of Time by building your executive skills NOW.

You learn how to manage your emotions.

You learn how to manage your relationships.

And you learn how to delegate your work.

Tip #2: Make sure you are stepping into a REAL leadership role

Now, you may be skeptical of the advice I’ve shared so far.

Perhaps you have a company culture that really values leaders who work themselves to the bone.

If this is true for you and you’re not interested in stepping into that kind of role, don’t.

A real leadership role is one where you can be in the driver’s seat of change, not one where you spend all your waking hours at work.

It’s a role where you can think strategically,a role where you’re not in the weeds all the time.

One where you’re able to feel inspired, passionate, and motivated about the work that you do.

If this definition of leadership doesn’t match up with your organization’s culture, it may be time to look elsewhere.

Step #3: Figure out a system for replenishing your energy

Are you getting enough sleep?

Do you exercise properly?

Are you eating enough nutritious food?

In my podcast, Maximize Your Career with Stacy Mayer, I regularly do interviews with executives who start their days with incredible morning routines.

Some start the morning by meditating. Others by journaling or going for a run. Many do all three.

So ask yourself: what routines can I create that will help me replenish my energy so I can perform at my highest level without burning out?

If you want to learn more about how you can develop the skills you’ll need to step into a senior level executive role (and love it), then I’d like to invite you to schedule a free career strategy session with me.

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PS: If you have a question you’d like me to answer on one of my upcoming Your Promotability Factor Weekly Q&A, direct message me the answer to this question: “If you and I were to have 30-minutes together and you could get my input on anything, what specific questions would you have for me today, this week, this month?”

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