Key To Success

What do you do when you come across a key to success in a book you're reading? You ponder over it. Since I read many books and come across many keys, I thought it would be fun to share the ideas that arise as I contemplate a key to success. Reading is not just about absorbing information, it's also about contemplating, allowing the ideas to blossom within, and nurturing a seed tossed in the rich soil of the inner garden.

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

I got my Master's degree in psychotherapy more than a decade ago. Since then I've studied the human condition with fascination. Over the years, I've learned a singular lesson: your life does not work when you oppose your soul nature. If you want a magical life, you have to drop your inauthentic transactions with the world. You discover your own power when you spend time alone to figure out what you really love to do.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Seven Ways to Cope With Burnout

If you reach a point where you feel you can’t take it anymore, you’ve arrived—at a point of overwhelm that pop psychology refers to as “burnout.” It is a point of emotional exhaustion, mental confusion, and even physical fatigue.

The word itself originated from a description of a busted light bulb.

However, while you can’t do anything about a light bulb that won’t work anymore, there is plenty that you can do with psychological overwhelm. You might even say that unlike a light bulb, a human being is a self-renewing system.

Here are seven simple remedies to renew your mind, body, and soul.

One. Step out into nature. Go to the mountains, the forest, or the ocean. And if you’re really strapped for natural resources, go to a local park. I’m not sure how this works, but when you spend a sufficient amount of time in nature, you feel rejuvenated and your mind comes up with fresh ideas on how to cope with your pressing situation.

Two. Reframe. If you feel stressed because you are doing a task that you dislike, use your imagination to make it more enjoyable. For example, if you’re raking leaves, and you just hate gardening, then imagine that you’re raking in money, and that each leaf represents a hundred dollar bill. This will actually spark creative ideas in your mind on how you can improve your income.

Three. Energize. Go to a health-food store and get an energy supplement. Vitamins, minerals, and herbs can help your metabolism recuperate from the stress. Most health-food stores have someone to assist you, as well as reference books and videos on what to take for your particular condition.

Four. Introspect. In a notebook, write down everything that bothers you until you can come up with a way that you can change the situation. Start with a question. “What can I do about…?” Then keep writing until you come up with an answer. I once did this for two hours and came up with a new model on how I could radically improve every aspect of my life.

Five. Try music. Listen to beautiful, serene, uplifting music. Don’t do anything else as you listen to the music—or you’ll simply find a way to tune it out. Listen to every note, every word sung, and every interval of silence in the music. It’s amazing how this will transform you. Music has been said to tame a wild beast. It will do the same for the wild beast of your major upset.

Six. Relax deeply. Massages, hot baths, and stretching exercises can all be used to unknot your muscles. It’s impossible to be unhappy when your body is completely relaxed. The rise of stress hormones in your body, create a fight-or-flight response in your nervous system. Systematic physical relaxation reverses this condition.

Seven. Talk to an expert. Visit someone who can help you or read a book or hear an audio program by a stress reduction expert. As you open your mind to new information, you shift your stuck thinking and find new ways of dealing with the troubling situation.

Using any of these simple remedies or a combination for burnout will help you get your perspective back.

Saleem Rana is a psychotherapist in Denver, Colorado. If you’re interested in finding out about software that will reprogram your mind for total success, replacing burn-out situations with a fresh, empowering alternative, then go to


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