HIGH PERFORMANCE AFTER BURNOUT
The Science of Neuro-fault Protection created by Robert P. Denton evolved out of 20 years of analysis and research for performing after serious burnout.
The First Objective
To understand what stress and burnout is; how it is created and how it affects the body, the brain, thinking and performance.
The Second Objective
To understand how to manage stressors and stress before they do any damage to performance.
The First Overriding Analysis Conclusion
There is no stress in subconscious brain/mind performance. Therefore; Subconscious Performance in any sector of Performance is the Highest Performance.
The Secondary Conclusion
Purposeful dynamic use of the subconscious brain = better use of how the brain performs naturally at its very best.
The Third Conclusion
Subconscious thinking strategies produce high performance also they avoid the risk of overwhelming stress and burnout.
This Win-Win Message is:
It is easier and safer to learn how to use the subconscious brain to do what it does best in the way it likes and free of stress than forcing the already overloaded conscious brain to perform under high stress.
Copyright © 2015 Robert P. Denton
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The symbol of the legendary Phoenix that rises from its own ashes speaks of always moving forward. Successive re-generations may look the same; however; each new Phoenix is always unique. Like the Phoenix; whether overwhelming stress or burnout; the only way is forward. The big question concerning burnout is what does this mean and how to do that?
Despite outward appearances, after burnout you are no longer the person you were. Once in burnout your reality filters have changed forever. Once this takes place your thinking patterns are only able to make different choices that form new behaviours. Thus; from the lead-up and moment of your burnout crisis, it is impossible to go back to the way of your old thinking characteristics. Your future high performance can only be something quite different from the past.
On the back cover is the image of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, capable of 431km/h. At the time of writing this, it is the fastest production car in the world. Whilst it is an amazing feat of engineering and design, it represents a powerful model of high performance also an example of how to avoid stressful thinking.
Stephenson’s Rocket, was the world’s first steam locomotive and capable of 28mph; in that era, an unimaginable frightening speed. This quantum shift invention is an example of changing past old brain cell function, for new high performance thinking.
The Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk, the world’s first stealth military fighter, was different from any other because the beliefs and values of its performance had radically changed from pilot conscious thinking to its own subconscious brain or series of powerful computers and programs that took total control of the planes performance, thus; performing better in an operations theatre that needed an altered format of control and level of high-performance. Your highest stress free performance is in how well you convert to subconscious brain performance.
Burnout comes in different forms. Athletes suffer physical burnout just as people in highly stressful company positions suffer brain burnout. The key to prolonged performance in any situation is to understand how to keep yourself free of stressors.
Burnout; with the right values and thinking can be the beginning of a dynamic renewal opportunity and higher performance life free of old stress thinking. However; there are better ways to achieve this than going through burnout.
Of HIGH PERFORMANCE THINKING AND LOW BURNOUT RISK
Learning from and Overcoming the: “Want to But cannot,” Syndrome
This book explores what you need to know and do to help you succeed and move forward in life in a completely different way.
The key to Greater Success is Higher Performance
with Lower Stress
How do you do this?
You do it by first stopping the Conscious behaviour of Stress Creating vulnerable thinking patterns.
High Performance After Burnout
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
The Key In Fixing Stress before the Damage is Done. This Opens the Door to High performance without Destructive Stress or Burnout.
The Neuro-Science of High Performance and Lower Stress.
Introduction Page 11
1. The Neuroscience of High Performance and Stress
Management. Page 25
2. Tripping Over Yourself. Page 47
3. When Stress Threatens Performance. Page 84
4. Stress is in the Air. Page 116
5. Getting it Right. Page 147
6. Reducing or Eliminating Jetlag. Page 160
7. What is the positive Intention of Stress Burnout? Page 178
8. Neuroscience of the Seventh Sense. Page 187
9. Stress Meltdown. Page 200
10. Thinking Out of the Box. Page 214
11. Mind and Body Connection. Page 231
12. Subconscious Ambition, 7th Sense Survival. Page 246
13. No Need for Stress in High Performance. Page 259
14. Why Stick a Spanner in the Works. Page 266
15. Spending more time in a Stressless State. Page 288
Bibliography Page 304
At the age of twenty four Robert Denton had already embarked on a career as an entrepreneur and was destined to develop a group of companies. While all this was going on, he pursued an interest in the body’s innate healing system and spontaneous healing. This research included spiritual or similar healing gifts. The purpose was to understand how the body’s healing system worked and when it did not, why not? It was a quarter of a century later when these studies proved helpful as massive burnout brought his life and a promising professional career to a painful standstill.
In the months leading up to his burnout crisis, there were many signs that all was not well. In England during the late 1980s little was known about burnout and even less as to how to deal with it. Although he was experiencing symptoms better recognised and understood today as signposting the run-up to burnout; at that time they were just put down to the results of consistent high stress. Following his doctor’s advice, it was clearly time to take a holiday. Soon after his return to work; in the true style of limiting behaviours, old habits die hard; so he went straight back into his high stress behaviours. A few months later the inevitable burnout crisis hit suddenly, violently and with devastating impact on himself and his businesses. Immediately following the actual crises, he experienced a state of total physical and mental exhaustion. The first example was the fact it took a mammoth effort of mind and physical effort to climb twelve steps lasting more than one hour; to get to his bedroom. This extraordinary exhaustion lasted for many weeks during, which time Robert Denton found it impossible to focus his mind without triggering even more mind and body fatigue.
Included in his study of the innate healing system; earlier readings about those who had been through burnout, left him abundantly clear as to what had happened. Though that was of little consolation, he had registered one basic guide line to get out of the mess he was in. Now he understood why the only way to a new future, was in letting go of the past. Denton said that, “after fighting for control again, and with only exhaustion to show for his effort, he eventually followed this advice when he found there really was no alternative option.” At that stage, further study of the subject or any study whatsoever, had to take a backseat. This did at least give space and time for simply stepping back to observe exactly what was happening to him.
As a rapidly evolving entrepreneur, Robert Denton clearly had an active and creative mind. This meant, he was not going to take the situation sitting down for long. Although he was unable to do much immediately after burnout; as soon as was possible he had set up a monitoring process to test his own healing progress with regular self-guiding assessments.
About two years after the height of the burnout crisis, his healing was making headway at a steadily faster rate. Nonetheless; making any attempt to restore the remains of his dwindling companies proved fruitless. He describes this stage as like running into an invisible wall of resistance, at the bottom of which was a deep black hole into which all his resources and efforts disappeared. To make things worse he found himself hampered by chronic dyslexia. Before burnout, he had been adept at strategic thinking, planning action and long hours of work. After the burnout those capabilities had simply gone. Slowly but surely his businesses faded away. Although well known in his main profession; his great love was as an entrepreneur; nonetheless; further efforts to start a new business ran into the newly formed and apparently immovable mental barrier of resistance. This became to be known as the “Want to but cannot syndrome.”
Looking back after an in-depth analysis of his total burnout experience, Denton concluded that after a burnout crisis there is no way back to pick up the reins to do what one did before burnout. He says he certainly agrees with and confirms the findings of Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee who say in their book ‘Resonate Leader,’ – “that company directors and managers after burnout cannot or will not go back to what they did before.” In this book he explains in detail exactly why that certainly proved to be true in his case; also for other burnout victims he has encountered.
From his combined studies of the brain and burnout, Robert Denton understood how over a period of many years; he had steadily poisoned unknown millions of his own brain cells principally with the stress hormone cortisol. This was produced in his own body and caused by the high stress for more than two decades. As he unknowingly headed into burnout, he did recognise being in a permanent state of high stress. At that time he knew little about cortisol or the cocktail of other hormones involved in the burnout process or their dangerous affects. He believed there was nothing he could do about his high stress because he could not and would not abandon his companies. Changing his management style had helped; though mostly too little and too late. He believed the only way to really stop the stress was to shut down or sell off his companies, but then what? He recognised “then what” was going to be as stressful as managing his companies. Biting the bullet, he tried to sell most of his companies. No one would buy them because he had made the mistake of many entrepreneurs before and after himself, in the fact those companies all depended on him. He was the king-pin so without him the risks to any buyer were high. He was damned if he did and damned if he did not. So he decided to work on the problem and hopefully find a solution soon. With continuous stress and high doses of stress induced cortisol, he recognised how his performance had noticeably slowed. Although not understood at the time, a sudden dyslexic event was the first serious warning of the impending burnout crisis. Only after the crisis did he understand the appearance of dyslexia was due to his brain reconfiguring thinking pathways to compensate for damaged brain cells that had been under steady attack. He explained how after his very personal burnout crisis, he found that burnout really is precisely what it says on the label.
During this reflection he recounted how for the preceding ten years while still managing his companies; far more of his work time had been devoted to consultancy; notably civil litigation. This was defending his client’s interests as an expert witness. Shortly before the burnout crisis, he had completed a complex report. Satisfied with his clear and precise account of a site study for his client’s barrister, he went home at the end of another long day. Early the next morning back at his office, he read through the report. He was horrified to find the report was incomprehensible, notably missing large chunks of text he had clearly read the evening before. His doctor suspected a serious dyslexic event was responsible for him seeing words typed on a sheet of paper that were really only in his mind. The doctor explained the high level of stress over a prolonged period was responsible for this extraordinary phenomenon. He urged Robert to take immediate action. Robert Denton resolved to take what had happened seriously also follow his doctor’s advice; but he still had clients to care for and contracts to complete. This dedication proved to be the final straw that broke everything he was capable of doing.
During the second stage of his healing, apart from changing many habits and behaviours, he knew he needed to change the way he was thinking. During those days in rural England, psychiatrists were distrusted and good ones were thin on the ground also burnout was a relatively new phenomenon. Life coaching was in its infancy and largely only in the USA. Specialised life coaching for burnout would not arrive in his English town for another twenty years. His doctor had little idea what to do other than recommending yoga, meditation, rest and plenty of holidays.
More than a year after his burnout crisis and months of suffering the “wanting to but cannot” syndrome, it all lead to the recognition that more had changed to his capabilities as a result of the burnout than he had first realised.
As he made steady progress, he became aware of what he says he could only describe as, an intervening survival intelligence. This seemed to possess a strong protective or controlling element. The survival issue appeared to be shutting down any possibility of activities that could trigger more stress, more cortisol and more brain and body damage. He sensed his awareness of a new innate protective intelligence would allow certain mind processes to function more or less normally. What it definitely would not allow, was any new mental activity, which remotely resembled that, which had sent him crashing into crippling life stalling burnout. Denton recalled how anytime he made this mistake he was hit by another devastating wave of physical and mental fatigue that laid him to waste for up to three days at a time.
He knew it was quite feasible to grow new brain cells and thinking pathways by learning new skills. In pursuing this objective, he chose to continue his understanding of how the brain works; while also studying the phenomenon of burnout. Regardless of other burnout accounts, where lives just ticked along with vague new interests to keep those people occupied through the day, Denton was convinced and determined that it was possible to rise out of burnout to a new high performance and it had to be without stress. Having identified his thinking and behaviour processes that had caused the high stress, he was certain the answer was in thinking in a different way that did not induce stress. To do this he had to find new thinking patterns with different mind strategies that would allow that to happen. He was clear the first hurdle he had to overcome, was the fact his self-confidence had suffered terribly.
A renewed confidence in himself slowly developed as his self healing strategy and study worked well with notable periodic signs of progress. Nevertheless; the enduring question as to what he could do to create and sustain an income remained a constant challenge. So far; apart from his studies; anything he tried that focused on producing a new income source, simply hit the wall with an abrupt, “Oh no you don’t,” and another cloud of devastating fatigue fell about him so that any new plans proved impossible to pursue.
During this extensive healing period his character had changed. Friends disappeared as he withdrew into a protective shell. Through a past client turned benefactor, he found relief in working manually as a handyman. While this began slowly it gradually developed into designing and carving ornate oak panelling, also making complex furniture to match original authentic structures within a large Elizabethan house. This outcome was intriguing and puzzling as he had no training or prior experience in such detailed and intricate carpentry. However; he was aware that capability seemed to be working intuitively. Over a period of years this work progressed on to designing and building large structures, specialised timber barns and blocks of stables with their ancillary structures. Working entirely alone he completed each project quickly and efficiently. He put all this down to testing his theories on completely different mind strategies, which are described in the following chapters. Having recovered much of his self confidence, he then tried to turn this experience into a new business. That worked for a few weeks before the wall of protective resistance began to block any further progress.
Analysing this not unexpected turn of events, Denton understood his new found survival program would allow him to work at planning, designing, and any amount of physical effort; but would not tolerate any activity that remotely resembled the stresses and stressors of creating a new business. This experience seemed to be the proof that his internal survival defence programming was set firmly against any possibility of going back to do what he had so ably done that caused or was involved in his burnout. He admits it was not what he did but how he was doing it that was the major cause of burnout.
In his search for a solution to this dilemma, Denton later perceived the question: “when is a business not a business?” This paradox was in search of a chink in his mercilessly all seeing, all knowing and powerful innate protector’s survival armoury. It was almost two years after raising this question when he realized he may already be in the midst of an answer he had not seen coming.
Part of his self organised healing process had been to overcome the sudden appearance of severe dyslexia. This could vary from mild to chronic. As dyslexia is word blindness, he chose to focus on what was not working rather than try to avoid it. So in attacking this new weakness, he could turn it into a new strength. To start with this proved to be arduous work. With self-feedback and adjusting his fledging strategies, he began to develop an improving level of performance confirmed by the gradually improving writing skills and reduction of dyslexia.
Writing published articles was his first objective. During this period and later he had written two book manuscripts about healing burnout also business strategies, focusing heavily on what to avoid doing.
In writing, he was able to explore his experiences and theories on surviving burnout. So far his inner protector had seemed to approve of this activity by not presenting any mental or fatigue barriers. There was no wall in the way regardless of long days researching and writing. Next came the challenge of whether his all knowing and capable master would allow him to earn a living by writing without evoking the wall of resistance.
Before writing this book manuscript Robert Denton had written a series of four manuscripts in the manner of fiction detective thrillers, two of which have been published so far. The stories are based on factual information taken from much of his life. Despite the fact he found those books flowed with ease; he says he really only had to type out the words, though polishing did prove more challenging. Writing “High Performance after Burnout,” Denton introduced some of his earlier subconscious mind performance strategies. Robert described writing this book as far more challenging than producing the thrillers. He began to detect renewed effects of moderate dyslexia. This indicated a renewed level of stress and therefore cortisol was affecting his body and performance. Thus; he understood he had to do more work to get his new performance strategies working better.
Renewed bouts of dyslexia raised the question if this was one step too far or too close to starting a new business? The wall had apparently dissolved, but the re-appearance of the dyslexia at a significant level was worrying. Denton took this as an indication the healing process; although long coming; there was still much more work to be done. He says that he came to recognise immediately the moment when a stress event occurred. Each time he understood it was necessary to change his thinking to counter the ensuing word blindness. In later chapters you will find how he developed new mind strategies to manage any situation with the objective of blocking stressors and activating subconscious brain performance strategies so preventing stress before it started getting in the way of his performance.
Working manually in a creative manner had clearly been all part of his healing process. There was no more work for him at the Elizabethan house and an effort to start a new building company hit the wall. He felt that was the end of the road, now it was time to take the next step. As one door closed, he gradually turned into the renewal process of facing his next purpose in life, which seemed to be writing and sharing his experiences and adventures in living with burnout and dyslexia.
In the beginning, of this new era, his studies continued to focus on researching how the body/mind manages its inner healing system. It was at the end of the 1999 when Robert found his interest had shifted into understanding what makes success thinking and what makes the big movers and shakers think in the way they do.
When first studying NLP in 1996 and then life coaching shortly after, followed by training in sports psychology coaching, Denton observed powerful connections between activating the body’s innate healer and these new forms of performance psychology compatible to the fast changing world around him.
Some years later he seemingly found a second breath of confidence and activity. He made a long car journey of twenty three hours virtually non-stop that took him three days to recover from. He had undertaken a personal project that meant repeating the journey many times in the future. Not content to go through the same bad experience, he identified the underlying problem of the two greatest driving stressors. Now his studies of neuroscience clicked into gear in a very practical way. Early trials of deleting the awareness of time and distance; proved so successful that further high performance strategies were created along the same lines. These involved thinking and performing with the subconscious mind on demand by creating and uploading automatic unconscious high performance thinking strategies and programmes. You will find how he equates these to the F-117 stealth plane and the Bugatti car. These strategies were developed and tested rigorously, some of which you will read about later. Denton discovered these subconscious performance programmes took all the stress out of high performance. Consequently; he felt these mind strategies could be the foundation for achieving his intuitive concept that it is possible to go beyond stressors and stress to achieve consistent and sustainable high performance without the consequences or fear or risks of serious stress and burnout.
An additional outcome of his recent twenty one years of research has encompassed a greater knowledge and understanding of intuitive and telepathic intelligence. These subjects are referred to in the following chapters. Now understood as individual brain centres of intelligence; Denton explains they were found to have important roles in accessing and communicating with the subconscious mind “on demand.” The concept then developed to creating high performance thinking that anybody can do, quickly, easily and efficiently.
When the burnout crisis hit, all Denton could do was to let go. Letting go was not giving up. He understood letting go of the past was paramount for his healing process to get underway. He said giving up never occurred to him. It was not that he knew he could get better, rather that he was clear and focused on the fact that letting go of everything was essential to getting himself up and running again. For him there was no other option. The only question was finding the best way for him; of how to do that. He says that on reflection – and given his healing was very much in his own hands; hindsight and all that is explained above, suggests there was an invisible intuitive master’s guiding hand that seemed to be showing him the way when he strayed off track. He said anyone knowing anything about psycho-cybernetics, would recognise this as a powerful brain/mind process as possible intuitive or spiritual guidance. He says, he found this so frustrating at times because he did not know where he was being guided to. Only later did he understand the psycho-cybernetic process within the brain that alongside intuition and telepathy played an important part in keeping him focused on his future. Therefore; this book is the result of more than forty years of his personal experiential, study, research and development of how the mind works in performance thinking at both the conscious and subconscious level. Compared to the peak of the burnout crisis, when just writing one coherent sentence was an enormous challenge – now having written six books, hundreds of blog posts and numerous articles on performance, he sees this as certainly the first steps to renewed high performance. Whatever it is; to Robert Denton it is proof there is life and performance after burnout. There is an answer to the “want to but cannot syndrome.” He says that none of it is possible without first understanding what stress is, where it comes from, how it is created and how to keep it to healthy levels. The key is with automatic subconscious brain programmes always in control like a perpetual motion machine.
Other results of the earlier study concerning the body’s innate healing capacity, can be read in Robert P. Denton’s book ‘Activating Spontaneous Healing’ ISBN 978-2-8399-0326-4 published by SUKUSA Publishing, Geneva. A revised second edition is being prepared for release in paperback and e-book versions. Forward advice of the release of this book may be obtained by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org
MindPower Recognition (formed in 2008) is dedicated to furthering the understanding of unconscious high performance thinking, for personal development, business and sports psychology performance training and coaching.
Neuro-fault Protection is the formulation of developed and tested performance mind strategies, designed to overcome limiting behaviours, beliefs, also stress and stressors.
Robert Denton advocates the consulting of trained and qualified professional specialist coaches to turn high stress thinking around before it gets to overwhelming stress and one step before burnout. The objective is to continue doing what gives enjoyment and satisfaction or change direction before there is no option due to burnout. He says that even though burnout can absolutely turn your life around, prevention is definitely better than cure. Walking away from a well paid secure job is challenging for the strongest. With the right guidance options and coaching it need not come to that. The greatest fear is in stepping into the unknown; even if you think you know what you are doing. There is little doubt this book will give you much to think about and prepare you for the journey, if that is what you ultimately decide to do or happen upon by default. The practical alternative says Denton; is to turn your thinking performance around so that you can continue driving the job you love to ever greater heights, completely free of high stress, debilitating stressors or the fear of burnout.
During his NLP and coaching training Denton talks of meeting many people ranging across a multitude of professions from architects to doctors to nurses and teachers who were doing the trainings in search of a new life and purpose. He says; always there were a number with all the symptoms of overwhelming stress and certainly in his view, heading down the thinking road to greater problems. He became convinced so many were planning to throw years of highly skilled professions out of the window for some almost mystical “Good life” only because stress was distorting their thinking. He explains in the following chapters, how your future can be throwing away everything you loved but came to hate – or it can be a case of learning to use the subconscious brain in a far more dynamic way.
Robert Denton says he has no doubt that learning how to consciously manage the subconscious brain for high performance, is the only future to ride the bucking bronco of this crazy world that has overreached conscious brain performance capability. First House Press