How to Prevent Burnout, Live Authentically and Thrive

An introduction to the 3-Selfs Framework for wellbeing

Sally Clarke
5 min readApr 29, 2024
Thriving at Txindoki, 2017

When I was researching my first book, Protect Your Spark, one of the most stunning insights I reached was that burnout is not the individual’s fault.

In fact, burnout is your mind and body’s intelligent response to chronic workplace stress.

To end burnout completely, we need to start and sustain major systemic and cultural change. This will require involvement from governments, institutions and organizations, and some bold individual leaders to light the way.

But you and I don’t have time to sit and wait patiently for this change to happen. We need to take matters into our own hands. Life is too short and systemic change is too slow.

We need to take an individual approach to prevent burnout, live authentically and thrive — starting right here.

To truly prioritize your own wellbeing and live authentically requires commitment and a sprinkling of fierce energy. It’s not a once-off, either. It’s an ongoing investment in your health and wellbeing.

This approach is not simply about more self-care, or getting up 30 minutes earlier to do a morning ritual. The 3-Selfs is about fiercely prioritize yourself and your…



Sally Clarke

Wellbeing & burnout author, expert, writer & speaker. Global adventurer. she/her