Burnout!

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I found this burned-out tree in Istanbul, just moments after leaving the vast and busy coolness of the Hagia Sophia. Its rich green leaves offers passers-by the much-needed relief from a relentless sun. At first, it appears welcoming and sturdy, but as you come nearer, you discover its hollow centre –  just layer of outer bark connecting the lush green leaves with the massive roots below.

Neuro-Guru, Steve Kosslyn, uses a tree as metaphor of the way our amazing mind, brain and body function together. For me, this hollowed out tree describes the experience of a person on their way to functional burnout.  At their very core, they are hollow, yet to the world they look strong, reliable and productive.

Have you ever experienced this, of seeming strong to others, yet privately being too vulnerable to be able to sustain the volume and quality of work expected of you over time? Yet you say nothing and simply put one foot in front of the other just to get through the day?

Experiencing burnout is an increasing problem for many people, in today’s fast-paced and challenging world. We need to build awareness of the early warning signs of burnout, in both your team, and yourself.

But let’s make this personal. What do you think Burnout looks and feels like? Have you ever experienced it or perhaps you are experiencing it right now? If so, you need to read my next blog post which will follow shortly.

Go well, and be gentle with yourself in the meantime!

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Bounce-back ability

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After Burnout, it is so hard to build yourself back up to health again ..

Ask a coach to partner you, to help you find your way back to thriving again. Begin by building greater Mindful Resilience –  this is the way our unconscious mind,  brain and body communicate with each other and impact our intentions, and direct our actions without us usually being aware of it.

The Circle of Coherence: balancing our Mind + Brain + Body connection to thrive.

The Circle of Coherence occurs is at the centre of our THORT models, and it highlights the neural networks connecting our multi-level mind-brain-body system. It depicts the powerful physiological source of our emotional power, often based on systems we are unconscious of as we focus on a task.

This is a lens down into the core of our being, a primal place guided by our genes and our emotional understanding of our past experiences.

So, while we are consciously working on one thing, these underlying forces are either supporting it … or not. Mindful awareness of this integrated coherence is essential to regaining resilience and thriving.

Ask a THORT coach to partner you on your journey towards reigniting your joy.

Collaboration

The changing role of women and men

Both women and men are redefining their roles in the 21st century. With the 4th industrial revolution on hand,  the disruptive, fast paced changes in technology, global business and the way we communicate today, means that everyone needs to redefine the way we thrive in this world.

We live most days at a relentless pace and the Ashbridge Report predicts that this accelerated change will continue for the next 30 years. This will bring greater complexity, uncertainty – and of course, the potential for stress overload. This calls for a skills-upgrade and more adaptive mental habits if we are to tap the opportunities of this century and to anticipate the challenges as they arise.

msp-neurofeedback-wow-2Our LiquidTHORT Portal and coaches can partner you in in this transition, offering you a 21 century Mental lens to build greater mental clarity. Navigate this dynamic uncertainty and thrive.

THORT workouts, animations and tools build strategic insights and new levels of mindful awareness.  You focus your energy on getting on the right track, while we guide you through the most effective processes to help you reach your goal.  Fast.

More about the  Vision Aim and Process …

Jung said that … We need to continually change the language and form we use to describe our time, so that it best reflects its new spirit and focusWe do this using THORT Workouts, accompanied by Smart Sheets and updated Concept Maps. Our central metaphor translates the seeming ‘neuro-babble’ and complexity of neuroscience into simple and memorable language and forms. You can then stay focused on working towards your goal, while we partner you with the most effective tools and strategies, to get you there.

THORT’s Strategic System is aligned with a 21 century focus, to help you navigate today’s challenging uncertainty with effective insight, resilience and innovation.  Tap into the new possibilities in our changing world and make smart sustainable choices and thrive.

No fuss, no neuro-babble, just smart decision-making for sustainable results.

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Nana re-ignites her spark!

Nana’s life-hijack

Years later, a young woman called Nana was referred to me by a client. She had been hijacked on her way home.  She had undergone trauma counselling but they were concerned that she had became ‘stuck’ in an unproductive space.

When I met with Nana she described herself as living in a bubble, as if ‘no one was really home’, but could not rekindle her earlier passion for her work or career.

She asked me to help her find inner spark, her vital sense-of-self, the interest in things that made life worth an effort.  Nana wanted the essential healing power of a ‘Helpful Talk’ coach to help her re-imagine her world.

Nana also asked to learn how she could be more in control in threatening situations.  She hoped that this awareness would give her greater resilience and support smarter decisions in the future.

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Nana agreed that we use a neurocoaching focus that included the way her mind + brain + body communicated in a threat situation.  This process created a safe space that operated at two levels.

For example, a visual model like the one on the left was used to build a safe objective space ‘above the fear’ while she explored emotions and memories in context. During this time, we tracked her thoughts and bio-markers and used these for later learning.

I was inspired as I watched Nana renewed her courage and resilient spirit.  As she rebuilt her passion for life, she found new depths of wisdom and empathy for others – and also, a love of neuroscience to help her thrive.

21C Thinking

Our amazing minds are out of date!

The human brain is the most complex organism in the known universe, and yet the way it is wired is a millennium out of date!  It is the one thing that we all have in common, regardless of culture and experiences. It’s design and habits influence the choices we makes in various situations and these decisions ultimately impact on the success of our performance every day.

It is designed to give us a survival edge when we come across a rampant lion or bear – rather than to survive the rather challenging person we dance around each day.

This means that the way our brains function is still catching up on the way we need to best manage our stress. And what about that mental chatter! This can prompt me to do daft things in the heat of the moment – and then later I respond with the familiar question: ‘How on earth could I say that? What was I thinking!’

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Today, advances in technology are accelerating the BrainSmart Revolution, helping us up-date our brain design to meet the real needs of life in the 21 century.  So far, we have thrown out some old myths about the way we think and respond to our world, such as, we now know that our brains are amazingly plastic throughout our lives, promoting Smart Thinking at any age.  

Today, research shows us that the way to update an old habit effectively is to focus on building a new one to replace it, rather than to focus mental energy on what we want to eliminate.  Hebbs Law tells us that what we our focus attention on strengthens a habit – our neural networks that ‘fire together, wire together.’  

Navigating in a VUCA world (Volatile Uncertain Chaotic Ambiguous).

We are living in the 4th phase of the industrial revolution. This changing global landscape impacts all of our lives both directly and indirectly.  We can no longer just do more of the same, at the same level, and hope it will suffice.


uncertainty-skills-upgradeRecent advances in technology both change our lives, and also helps us to build higher level insights aligned with these changes. We each need to build on our vertical development to align ourselves with the unique challenges we have of living today.

Recent research shows that the most effectively productive and happy people are those who have stepped up to challenges and unique opportunities of today’s amazing world.  

Today, to perform effectively in our dynamic world, and to live well in the future, we now know that we need to build a higher (vertical) level of awareness of our mind-brain-body connection.

This is where my fascination with NeuroCoaching comes in. Advances in technology and communication makes the latest neuroscience research available to everyone. I use this to build self-coaching tools and workouts to improve mindful awareness of our mind-brain-body coherence, and hopefully, some insights from smarter thinking.

With all this ground-breaking research at my fingertips, lets hope I will be effective in my next challenge – even when I’m tired, anxious, or at my wits end.

Join me as I update my mental hardware and build the best ‘memories of tomorrow’.

Welcome to today’s BrainSmart Revolution!

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Empathy is essential: The “soft skill” that engages the whole brain

Empathy is essential: The “soft skill” that engages the whole brain

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When we talk about executive functions, we’re usually talking about distinct, discrete skills that are easy to get our arms around. Empathy, while often lumped in with executive functions, is not a singular skill, but a package of skills that pulls from multiple parts of the brain. Children who are empathetic can form and sustain friendships, are more likely to behave well in class, and are less likely to engage in aggressive, antisocial, or criminal behavior.

What is empathy?

Empathy is often defined as the ability to identify with the suffering of another. This definition, however, is only partly correct. Human beings have the capacity for three kinds of empathy:

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Reflexive empathy – Every human is born with the ability to respond to the pain of others. When shown images of others in pain, a child will have a neurological response in the area of the brain that controls…

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