How to Fix Mental Burnout- 5 Keys to Unlocking Your Burned Out Mind
In the business that I’m in. Your mind is what puts money in your pocket. You’re always one idea away from striking it big.
But up until recently my mind was in the dumps.
Heck, even writing a sentence became a chore.
And to be honest I thought that I had lost it.
No more fire.
No more sauce.
Just a cloudy mind and a whole lot to say.
Yet my words wouldn’t come together.
I’d record a video 30 times until I just said to Hell with it.
Then I’d sit down to write out an email.
Only to not be able to get clear on the title and opening.
Before long this issue translated over to ALL areas of my life.
Not only did I have over 200 drafts on my blog.
I also had project after project piling up.
I found myself in quite a pickle.
Everything I’ve been putting together for 3 years seemed to be falling apart. And I felt like I couldn’t do anything but watch it burn to the ground.
But instead of letting my empire burn like Nero I decided to take control.
I took inventory of everything…
- My current projects
- My daily/weekly actions
- Who I was spending time with
- My health (supplements, diet, working out)
Doing that gave me a clear understanding of where I was. I QUICKLY realized the source of my problem.
Addressing the problem at the source…
I noticed that ever since I returned from Ft Lauderdale. My mind began feeling scattered in a billion places. One side of me was doing groundskeeping.
The other side was doing this whole personal branding thing. While I had another side that was figuring out whole Ecom. Put simply- I was doing too many things at once.
As it’s almost impossible to run 3 businesses by yourself. Let alone run/build them into profitable ventures. So I did two things that were hard but have proved to have been good moves.
1) I found someone to work with me.
He’s someone with potential and more importantly hunger.
2) I cut out almost ALL of my ventures/ideas.
Ideas are easy to come by once you learn how to tap into certain things. You could be eating dinner with a friend when a great idea just pops into your mind.
But the only thing that keeps the lights on is executing on those ideas.
Here’s an Example:
I’ve got an idea for 2 niche sites. They’ve already proven to be profitable as I make over $500/month from one of the ideas alone.
But no matter how great this idea is.
It ain’t nothing without me putting in the work ie. building a site, publishing content, and then sending traffic to it.
So I sat down and created an outline for one of the ideas. Now I’ve got 10 pieces of content listed out, branding, and other back-end things down on paper.
Instead of keeping the idea locked up in my head. I’ve taken the first step towards bringing this idea into reality.
Back to the article…
And so I dumped anything/everything that wasn’t connected to where I want to go. Because while I want to act on ever single one of them.
It just isn’t possible with my current resources of time, people, and energy.
So remember it’s ALL about the execution. Everything else is nonsense as it won’t put money in your pocket or give you any kind of fulfillment.
Until you finally bring the idea into reality.
But you’re probably reading this article because you want to learn something. That something being how to come back from mental burnout.
Luckily I just finished walking through the no mans land of mental burnout. Because as I said, I thought that I had lost it.
And being a person who uses their mind to make money. I’m going to share with you exactly what I did to come back.
How to Fix Mental Burnout
1) Understanding WHY.
You can fight your burned out mind as much as you’d like. But until you understand why you’re burned out nothing’s gonna change.
Believe me I fought it for 6-months until I finally decided to understand why. Once I took the time to understand exactly why, my mind began coming back.
For me it was the million different things I was trying to do at once. Which over time began adding up.
Until my mind was so scattered that even doing one thing became had.
For you it may be something different.
The best way to figure out the source of your problem is to change up your routine. From there take inventory of your life.
Just like I did above with my own.
More than likely you already know the source of your mental burnout. But it isn’t until you see it on paper that you finally accept it.
Either that or you’ve lost everything and have no choice but to solve it.
2) Plug Into A Power Source.
You can only rely on your own motivation/energy for so long. So I experimented with some crazy and not so crazy power sources.
I did everything from…
- Creating an Alter-Ego
- Upping my caloric intake
- Becoming more spiritual (praying, fasting, no ego)
- Reading inspirational books
- Hanging out with friends every few days
- Walking through nature
- And working with spiritual entities
And while some of them worked. They were all just temporary until I found my real power source.
That power source being nonya business.
If I told you my power source then it wouldn’t be mine anymore. I can however tell you how I went about finding it.
It started with cutting out almost every daily activity that I was doing. No social-media, minimum work, and lots of time rejuvenating myself.
The no social-media and minimum work was easy. What was the hardest part was the rejuvenating part.
As I’ve been possessed by my vision since the ending of 2014. Giving little time to anything but the daily hustle and grind.
And while the hustle and grind is the price that you pay. You’ve got to be able to rejuvenate yourself.
Otherwise, you may as well keep working a job.
So I started off my rejuvenation period by going out on a boat.
I got my work done for the day and spent the rest of it living.
While it takes lots of energy to make shit happen.
Don’t forget to live your life.
Peace out. pic.twitter.com/IVmOX9lfsk
— Dylan Madden 🧠➡️💰 (@realdylanmadden) August 2, 2018
It was while I was out on the water that I began feeling excitement again. Because I had gotten to the point where I didn’t enjoy what I was doing.
Everything became about the numbers.
Which while they’re important. They aren’t as important as enjoying what you’re doing. Now don’t get it twisted.
I’m not saying that if you don’t enjoy every last second, you should quit. What I’m saying is that you should enjoy the overall process of what you’re doing.
If you’re a writer and suck on camera, focus on platforms that favor writing.
If you enjoy working outside, focus on doing work that lets you be outside.
And as you begin doing the things that excite you. It is only a matter of time that you will find your own source of power.
Some people call it true desire and other people call it doing what you love. But you won’t find it until you actively search for it.
For more info on this check out this video I released a while back.
3) Cut Your Drug Use By 70%.
When you’re feeling mentally burned out temptations begin to present themselves. For some they begin playing lots of video games.
While others pack a bowl or pick up the bottle.
This is just a form of escapism that gives you momentary relief. Yet in reality it’s just prolonging your problem by masking the solution.
So if you’re feeling burned out. Cut your drug use by 70%. And stay away from most recreational drugs almost entirely.
Drugs that are allowed:
- Coffee (1-3 cups)
- Smart drugs/Nootropics
Drugs that aren’t allowed (use your own judgement):
- Weed (twice a week max)
- Alcohol (depends on how you handle it)
Drugs can help you focus and get more out of your day. Yet most people use them to simply escape their miserable life.
Whether that be being high all day or getting tipsy. It’s all just a trap that keeps you in your own Hell for longer than you need to be.
Being high as a kite makes your reality seem more bearable. But once you come back down you’ll want to escape again.
So it’s up to you. Cut your drug use down almost entirely or stay in your mental burnout Hell for eternity.
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor so you MUST do what’s best for you/talk with your doctor. This is just what worked for me.
4) Find Direction.
Now that we’ve got the first 3 keys it’s time for the magic to begin happening. As ALL magic starts with direction also known as intent.
For without a direction you’ll end up in the middle of nowhere.
This lack of direction is something that I see most people mess up on. They think they’ve gotta be a Twitter Alpha or make money online selling info products.
But in the words of Billy from ForeverJobless:
It’s a big world out there.
Which means that you can find direction from anything. For some they may get their sense of direction from their family.
Other people may get their sense of direction from building online businesses. But the most important part of it all is that it’s their direction.
Not what every online personality is jamming down their throat. Find the direction that fits with you and a switch will be turned on.
Once this switch is turned on motivation, creativity, and energy are yours to use. For those who lack any direction it comes down to figuring out what you want.
But it’s hard to do when you’re overwhelmed by options. At this point in the game though I’ve dealt with that more times than I can count on both hands.
So I created a deadly simple way to figure it all out. If getting clear on what you want is something you’re looking for.
5) Level Up Your Mind.
Once you’ve got your direction now it comes time to elevate your mind. You can do this a number of ways.
While I could go over what you’d label esoteric methods. I’m going to stick with known methods that work for everyone.
- Expand Your Environment
- Burn Your Books
- Smart Drugs/Nootropics
Expand Your Environment-
It’s easy to take the same way to work every day. Eat the same food. And follow the same general routine for years at a time.
This is going to become even more normal as we march towards Virtual Reality. Because the current digital reality we’re now tied to is only getting stronger.
Just wait until you’ve got people plugged into fantasy lands. Living there for days on end only coming out to go into work.
Luckily though as you’re reading VR isn’t much of a thing yet. And if you’re reading this in a world filled with VR, this key will give you an edge over others.
The key is switching up your routine and seeing more things. This naturally leads to different thoughts and actions.
Something that really broke this down well among other things was a friends course. His name is Tanei and while I didn’t take it seriously at first.
His Law of Attraction course is the ONLY one that I would ever vouch for. Simply because he’s one of the only people who’s got the results to back up his course.
He’s not another feel good new age hippie preaching positivity. Instead he shows you how to use the LOA to change your life.
It’s not a cheap course, but it has been very helpful in my own life. After implementing some of his course my business regained steam within 2 days.
You can get Tanei’s course here.
Burn Your Books-
This is one that’s gonna stump most of you. As your books probably hold a lot of importance in your life.
But what you don’t see is that they’re holding you back via information overload. Which is one of the 7 Deadly Sins of the Young Hustler.
My rule of thumb for books is they MUST serve some kind of positive purpose.
Here’s what I look for in books…
- Inspiration (Biographies)
- Real Life Lessons Based on Experience (My book, Mike Cernovich, Victor Pride, Ed Latimore)
- Health (PD Mangan, Jay Campbell)
- Style (Tanner Guyz)
- Spirit (Bible)
Outside of that I burned every other book that I had. Every other book that was filled with mumbo jumbo was burned and given away.
Books are a great place to find useful information, gain experience, and expand your current thinking.
They also can become another form of escapism just like drugs can. If you’re not careful you’ll find yourself with a bookshelf of books and an empty bank account.
I originally took this one off as most people are looking for some magic pill. Which doesn’t exist as far as I can tell.
What does exist however, are certain smart drugs that enhance your mind. They give you a little boost when you feel low among other benefits.
But understand this- No supplement will replace taking action.
You could pop the best smart-drug ever created, yet if you don’t take action. Nothing’s going to change.
Because we live in a world based on action.
You click a link and then a page opens up.
So I want you to approach this with this understanding. Because if you understand that action is what’s important.
And then you use some kind of smart-drug, you’ll play at a level that few ever will.
My stack is simple but effective.
Here is what I take…
- Vitamin D (any brand that doesn’t have soy)
- NAC (review coming soon)
- Red Coffee (Here’s my review)
- Gorilla Mind Smooth (Here’s my review)
Using these keys you will be able to unlock your burned out mind.
If you have any question leave them in the comment section below.
Thanks for sharing the article. I . personally believe that finding the direction is the most effective way as you have a motive and a destination to reach.
Great post – I am in the similar place now and very important is to set small or bigger goals and not get overloaded by all the things. What also helps for burn out is to do kind of unplug from everything for at least 2-3 days – it clears mind a lot.
Other thing – just trying to join your email list, but getting this error:
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Have a great day
Thanks for the heads up Slawek. Give it a go now.
Unplugging really does help. Thanks for your comment.
Excellent article, Dylan. It really spoke to me, as I was going through something similar these past few months.
My attention would be captivated by all these shiny objects that twitter “gurus” used to achieve their success, in such short amounts of time.
The only problem was that I wasn’t COMPELLED by those endeavors.
I think as introverts, we need to find a burning desire/purpose to pursue a particular path. All the nootropics in the world can’t give you burning desire. If if you rely on them for that, then perhaps you are on the wrong path. Or maybe that’s just me.
But nonetheless the path I was meant to take was staring me on the face this whole time. I didn’t know it because the fire for it wasn’t as strong as it is now, not to mention I was distracted by online and offline illusions.
Writing/Blog Artistry is the Way I am supposed to walk. Doing this work feels like doing what many would call “the work/will of God”.
Interestingly enough, I just got rid of some books of mine last night. The urge had been building up for a while.
I’m glad you are walking the Way with more surefooted steps now, Dylan.
Yes it’s easy to be captivated by shiny objects. But once you find your true path you begin to see more clearly.
You do some solid writing. Nice site design as well Justin.