From Intense Burnout to being Laser Focused and Free – A Case Study

From Intense Burnout to being Laser Focused and Free – A Case Study

From Intense Burnout to being Laser Focused and Free

Imagine you are someone who finds you break under pressure—pressure you see others handling, pressure you think you too should be able to handle. Repeated bouts of anxiety, overwhelm, depression and burn-out can lead you to illness and unemployment. What do you do then?

What if the solution was as simple as learning how you specifically are designed to handle pressure? Imagine it was as easy as giving your birth data to an expert BG5 Career and Business Consultant. This consultant is specially trained to decipher your genetic map, and guide you into alignment with your innate strengths, talents and gifts. Your consultant doesn’t just show you how to avoid the pitfalls of your mind and beliefs that don’t serve you. They also show you how to take advantage of your hidden shadows and turn them into your greatest areas of wisdom.

What is the result of applying this newfound knowledge in your life? When you no longer find yourself on the hamster wheel of repeated burn-outs, you can build a life of true fulfillment. Read on for the real-world case study of Nathalie, a Classic Builder who went from Burn-Out to Laser-Focused.


The Challenge

Nathalie often found herself getting promoted in various jobs after being recognized for her talent and skills.  Each promotion, however, lead to more responsibility in a multitude of areas – scattering her once focused energy into an array of different directions.

Shortly after receiving nathliea promotion, Nathalie started feeling a buildup of extreme stress in trying to live up to the expectations of juggling multiple priorities. As the stress and pressure built, her satisfaction in doing the job dramatically decreased, yet she continued to push through.  Eventually her body could no longer physically handle the stress.  The intense burnout and clinical depression she experienced was so severe, she was no longer able to work.

After months of recovery, Nathalie was finally able to return to the workplace. But unfortunately, the same thing happened again – she was recognized – promoted – tried to juggle too many things – and finally had to leave the job to recover from extreme burnout and depression once again.  This became a repeating pattern – happening several times over the past decade.

When Nathalie requested a Career Design Analysis, she had recently recovered from her last breakdown. She found herself unemployed and wanting to fulfill a dream of starting her own coaching practice. After three years of training she was soon to become a certified Coach & Business Consultant. She wanted to know whether an independent coaching practice was a suitable Career Environment for her and how she could avoid the same fate of intense burnout that had happened so many times before.


Uncovering the Real Issues

nathlie-designNathalie’s Career Design shows that she is a Classic Builder and her true strength lies in an immense ability to focus her energy in a logical, concentrated way.  This unique strength of Concentration is so strong in her design that if she does not utilize her energy correctly, her energy can easily get scattered – quickly leading to stress and burn-out.


The Strength of Concentration (52-9):

This is the laser-like ability to maintain a focus which allows you to keep still and concentrate on the issue at hand. You are continually involved in assessing the details of whatever you have dedicated yourself to.

It is unhealthy for you to dissipate this potent energy by having to deal with too many things at once.


Some of the biggest pitfalls of being a Classic Builder like Nathalie are…

  • Over committing
  • Catering to everyone else’s wants and needs and not taking care of yourself
  • Experiencing an extreme pressure to live up to expectations of others.

With the openness inherent in Nathalie’s Career Design, the outside influences and pressures were often magnified making it very easy to fall into these pitfalls.   Outside influences would often distract her into spreading her energy too thin and scattering her energy – leading to repeated episodes of extreme burnout.


What Nathalie Learned From Her Career Analysis

It was such a relief for Nathalie to understand the cause of her repeated breakdowns and know that she was simply not designed to spread her energy around in so many different directions.   She experienced a feeling of great liberation in realizing there was nothing wrong with her, that she wasn’t a failure for getting burned out over and over again.  She simply was not properly utilizing her natural abilities in the way they were designed to operate.

She learned through her BG5 Career Design Analysis that she can avoid the burnout and stress when she devotes her focused energy to something very specific she loves doing—dedicating herself to perfecting and mastering a specific skill. Like mastering the piano, for instance, one must practice over, and over, and over again to perfect their art.

Nathalie leaned that as long as she maintains focus, studying, practicing, mastering, doing what she loves her life will run smoothly as long as she is following her Decision Making Strategy.

Nathalie’s Decision Making Strategy of “Following her Gut” allows her to tune into what is true and correct for her.  This gives her the power to distinguish when she is being influenced by outside pressures which, as she learned through past experience, can lead to over commitment and burnout.  This also helps her distinguish when she is doing what is focused and correct for her.

A Gut “Yes” or “Ah-huh” that pulls her forward with excitement will lead towards satisfaction.  A gut “No” or “uhu-uh” can prevent frustration and burnout when followed.

In the session with her BG5 Consultant her passion for coaching and consulting was apparent with a strong gut “YES” response! It is something she thoroughly loves doing so much she would be prepared to do it over and over again to perfect it and be a detailed authority and expert in her field.

Nathalie also discovered that coaching and consulting fits in beautifully with the design of her Life Work.

Nathalie’s Life Work is to provide practical solutions as a detailed authority.  Others naturally look to her to lead, save or guide them with new and innovative ways to bypass or overcome obstacles.  It is healthy for her to step in and provide a logical, practical solution and then step out.  Having a solid foundation of knowledge is important for her to focus on.  When she says “Yes” to the right clients by listening to her gut response her reputation will flourish and she has the ability and responsibility to make huge difference in the lives of many.

She also has the ability to work well on her own.  She has what is known as an” Independent Assimilation” which allows her to process information quickly and work independently, so starting her own coaching practice is an ideal work setting for her. As long as she keeps focused and follows her gut she can easily avoid the stress, pressures and burnouts from the past.

All in all, Nathalie was thrilled that the session confirmed and reinforced her gut feeling to start her own coaching and consulting practice and gave her deep insight into how to avoid debilitating burnouts moving forward into the future.


The Importance of Continued Support

On-going coaching of the BG5 Consultant can be of great value, especially when a habit is so deeply ingrained.  One session may not always sufficient.  You may understand and feel freed-up from the information you learned, but you may not do anything about it or make the necessary changes.  This was true for Nathalie.

Even though Nathalie now knew about her career design and making decisions, she once again got caught up in outside stresses and pressures of life.

Shortly after her BG5 Career Design Analysis, Nathalie accepted a job offer as an Executive Assistant in an international non-governmental organization.  It was an opportunity she felt she couldn’t resist even though her gut response was “uhu-uh” being No.

Her mind second guessed her gut response.

She told herself, “I loved working for a philanthropic business before when I worked for a Charity Foundation.”  “This will give me the security of a good, stable income.” “Starting my own business is risky especially being a single mom.” “In my BG5 Consultant was also told I could work in Partnership – this position is kind of like a partnership within the organization.” 

The former Executive Assistant had already resigned and Nathalie promptly got on board this fast moving train without any training or support.  In no time she found herself scattered, not knowing what to focus on and being pulled in multiple directions. Pressurized stress built up at a fast pace.  Within a month she ended up at home again with another severe breakdown forcing her to leave the job.

Nathalie reached out to her BG5 Consultant for support.  The BG5 Consultant once again explained there was nothing wrong with her; she had just experienced the danger of spreading her energy too thin. Nathalie was reminded that her success lies in focusing her energy doing something she loves.  She also was made aware of the importance of following her gut and consequences of second guessing her gut response.

You are designed to work in a very focused, concentrated, detailed way. When you try to focus on too many things at once it can lead to stress, panic and burnout. Take one thing at a time in a step-by-step manner and trust your gut in knowing what to say yes to. Your gut will always tell you what you have the energy for or not. Don’t over commit.

Going through the experience again made her realize “Oh my goodness, now I really do see the pattern.


The Turning Point and Result

Turning PointAs soon as Nathalie was able to let it go and realize there was nothing wrong with her, she began focusing on her coaching and consulting business.  She was delighted with the peaceful stillness she experienced in being able to concentrate and devote herself to her practice.

Things began to move forward and new opportunities became available. Feeling this sense of calm is critical for her to be able to see the opportunities as they come to her.  Nathalie soon discovered that she could actually receive a start-up allowance for half a year, starting her own business as an entrepreneur and she is now well on her way to a successful career!

Nathalie comments: “I am so grateful for understanding and seeing what happened over the past year and experiencing how abundant the energy is doing what I love, not burning me down at all. Coaching is something I love to do. Being a laser focus, I can work with clients and get to the heart of matters, focusing in on what the issue is very quickly to uncover it. Having so much openness in my design with only two Functions defined, I can really tap into the fears, nervousness and emotions of others. Because I can see the underlying details and bring intuitive clarity to others, clients usually are very happy which is very satisfying for me. Working on my own, not scattering myself, gives me a lot of energy! Life does unfold right in front of you once you do what you are designed to do.”



In work and career there is naturally stress and pressure. People handle stress in different ways. Understanding how YOU are designed to handle stress can support you in avoiding getting burned out, depressed or having other health issues. It can help you live a healthier and happier life, personally and in your career.

How do YOU handle stress and pressure?

Is stress and pressure causing health problems in your life, like overwhelm, depression or burn-out?

Learning how you are designed to handle stress can make all the difference.

BG5 can lead you to a successful life filled with satisfaction, doing what you love. For a deeper understanding of this Function register for our Drive and Stamina Workshop part of our NEW “Unleash Your Profit Potential Workshop Series.”

Also stay tuned for our upcoming business celebrity profile and our introductory webinar  “Unlock the 5 Success Secrets of Your Hidden Potential”. Get ready to fulfill your highest purpose to improve both your bottom line and our world!






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How to Transform Work Pressure and Stress into Fuel for Success

How to Transform Work Pressure and Stress into Fuel for Success


STRESS. Like death and taxes, we can’t escape it. But the good news is, there is a way each of us is genetically wired to deal with and handle stress appropriately. You can transform the pressure you experience into fuel for you and your business’ successful evolution.

We live in a deeply pressurized business world. Conditioned to believe that business must be fraught with stressful competition (as opposed to cooperation), we are trained to believe success has to manifest a certain way or it isn’t worthy. However, there is room for everyone to succeed in the way each is designed to best fulfill their purpose. BG5 shows us the way to guide everyone on the path to the success they deserve. Would you like to learn how you can transform pressure and stress into the fuel for success?

In BG5, one of the primary ways we describe how a person is designed to operate is through what we call Functions. Functions and their Shadows are two of the 16 Success Codes we analyze to determine the most direct path to success for you as a unique individual. You can find out how all your Functions operate by ordering a Career Map or the Complete Success Code Report and taking a look at Success Codes 9 and 10. The Functions that define your consistent strengths are revealed in Success Code 9.

Functions that can get you off track are described in Success Code 10 as “Shadows and Distractions.” These shadows can be your biggest downfall. But with awareness, they can become your greatest source of wisdom. In this BG5 article, we will cover how the Drive and Stamina Function can operate in a fixed way (listed under Success Code 9) and how it can function in a flexible way (listed under Success Code 10 as “Always In A Hurry”).

There are nine Functions in a person’s career design, which are a key aspect of how they operate. One of the key elements to look at when analyzing someone’s BG5 Career Design is how an individual can best utilize each of their nine Functions. At the root of your Career Design is the Function called Drive and Stamina. This Function gives you profound insights into how you are uniquely intended to best handle the stress and pressure inherent in life and work.

Your BG5 Drive and Stamina Function:

  • Provides adrenalized fuel for ambition, beginning new projects, tasks, and teams
  • Creates hormones that get and keep you moving at work and play
  • Energizes you for turning chaos into order, creativity, emotional and survival intelligence
  • Carries a profound initiating force that can fuel success or failure for your business

Utilize this fuel wisely, or you risk adrenal fatigue. The key for any Function listed in either Success Code 9 or as a Success Shadow in Code 10 is to act in alignment with your Decision-Making Strategy. Your Decision-Making Strategy is the way you are intended to make the right decision at the right time. Making choices you trust with confidence leads you to a better quality of life and improved bottom-line. (You can reference Success Code 3 for more information about your personal Decision Making Strategy.)

BG5 Work Success Code 9:

Drive and Stamina Function—Processing Stress In A Fixed Way

If your Drive and Stamina has consistent energy present, you have a particular, fixed way of dealing with stress according to your unique genetic imprinting. It could be that you require daily physical activity to discharge stress, or you may need to vent through regular emotional releases or to channel that energy into creative endeavors.

Your BG5 career report analysis can provide further details, and your BG5 Career Consultant can synthesize those details to help guide you to the best ways you are designed to cope with the stress of work and life. The good news is that you tend to have a reliable way of discharging stress that works for you. Having this be a defined Function for you means you are more stress resilient. This could show up as:

  • More likely to withstand the stress of external time-pressures (others can’t rush you)
  • You are able to focus on and cope with complex tasks that require stamina
  • You can be good with time-management and setting/meeting deadlines

When your Drive & Stamina functions consistently, there also could be a tendency to put pressure on those around you, especially if they’re inconsistent in this area—it causes them to hurry all the more. Without awareness of your Decision-Making Strategy to guide you, you may:

  • Become obsessive
  • Improperly initiate new projects
  • Create resistance that brings unnecessary stress

Stress is one of the leading causes of disease, and improper stress management can undermine your health. Follow your Decision-Making Strategy to move forward in life grounded in correct action that can lead you to a better bottom line with less stress.

BG5 Work Success Code 10:

The Shadow & Distraction of Always in A Hurry

shadowpressureIf your Drive and Stamina Function shows up instead as Always In A Hurry under Success Code 10, this fuel operates inconsistently in you. The good news is that your design in an organization can offer the perfect solution when:

  • Short-deadline, urgent projects arise
  • Something needs doing very quickly
  • Flexibility is needed when dealing with time-pressures

On the flip side, a sensitivity to those time pressures and stressors can distract you, and you may tend to:

  • Unconsciously over-amplify pressure
  • Rush around on autopilot
  • Hurry needlessly to get rid of stress

This tendency to amplify pressure is why your Drive and Stamina Function appears as one of your Shadows. Does being in a constant hurry tend to distract you from what is critical in your work? Do you tend to push quickly through doing things you don’t need to rush, even things you enjoy doing?

When you have the Drive and Stamina Function listed as a shadow, you have the flexibility of learning to deal with stress in many different ways and develop wisdom here. In some people, it could show up as not knowing when to hurry at all, which is more rare. In either case, external conditions can activate you with immense pressurization, which tends to amplify and distort this powerful energy. This pressure can show up as:

  • An inability to focus when you need to
  • Uncontrollable restlessness
  • Physical tension or emotional stress

You may experience an enormous range of pressure over your lifetime – from deep stillness to extreme hyperactivity. Letting pressure pass through you that is not your own is important. Nature is an especially helpful place of renewal and peace for you. When you feel stressed-out, you may find it very helpful to:

  • Breathe deeply
  • Walk outside for some fresh air
  • Find a quiet place to meditate/listen to music

Take a break or move away from the source of stress, particularly if it is a person. Conversely, if the situation calls for it and you can handle the sensation, you could take a deep breath and utilize that pressure to get things done quickly.

Practice getting familiar with the pressures you have consistently in you and recognize the source of stresses in your environment. Following your Decision-Making Strategy aligns you to the perfection of your process and can help you keep your balance despite work’s constant stressors. There is an enormous profit potential in this Function—if it’s right for you to harness the fuel of Drive and Stamina and capitalize on the wisdom found here.

The Drive and Stamina to Fuel Career Success

functionpressureWhether your Drive and Stamina Function is a dependable source of energy or an area of distraction and potential wisdom, you cannot make decisions based solely on stress because of the way the pressure can get in the way of seeing things clearly. For this reason, we recommend you follow your Decision-Making Strategy to deal with and move on the right pressures at the right time. This is critical to avoiding the resistance of frustration, bitterness, anger, and disappointment in your career and business.

Moving forward correctly, from a calm and focused with joy for living, encourages proper initiation of your purpose. An action initiated correctly from a place of confidence in the appropriate timing facilitates success along with an enjoyment of the process. Correct timing of action (and being careful to not overdo it on the caffeine!) can also help protect you from adrenal fatigue.

BG5 can lead you to a successful life filled with satisfaction, doing what you love. For a deeper understanding of this Function register for our Drive and Stamina Workshop part of our NEW “Unleash Your Profit Potential Workshop Series.”

Also stay tuned for our upcoming business celebrity profile and our introductory webinar  “Unlock the 5 Success Secrets of Your Hidden Potential”.

Get ready to fulfill your highest purpose to improve both your bottom line and our world!

by Andrea Abay-Abay