How being in “flow” can help you to prevent burnout

In my opinion, having an advanced flow routine is the most effective way to avoid burnout while optimizing your performance at work. By using the advanced Flow techniques on a consistent basis (Neuroplasticity), you are able to activate the Flow state of peak performance each day. I had the pleasure of interviewing Todd Denen. Todd […]

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In my opinion, having an advanced flow routine is the most effective way to avoid burnout while optimizing your performance at work. By using the advanced Flow techniques on a consistent basis (Neuroplasticity), you are able to activate the Flow state of peak performance each day.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Todd Denen. Todd is the founder of the Advanced Flow University. He has 28 years of Advanced Flow state or Peak Performance training. With nine #1 books on self-improvement, Todd is one of the few 4th and 5th level Flow state experts in the world.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory about what brought you to your specific career path?

I’ve always been an entrepreneur. As a kid, I had a paper route. In High School, I was detailing and flipping cars. During my first year of college, I started my own auto recycling business with the money I had saved up so I could pay for school. After graduating, I went into new home sales, which was just like running my own business without having to worry about any of the expenses. I was Salesperson of the Year, promoted to Sales Manager, and then promoted again to Director of Sales and Marketing — all for the #1 Homebuilder in the country.

After having kids, I retired from the new home industry and I started flipping houses. For my mid-life crisis in 2017, I put my house flipping business on hold and founded the Advanced Flow University so I could help others achieve the life they’ve always dreamed of living.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

I grew up living right around the corner from Olympic hero Jesse Owens. In 1998, I was doing really well in real estate and I was fortunate enough to purchase his home. My best friend growing up was Steve Berry and his mom Shirley was good friends with Jesse’s wife, Ruth Owens. She called Ruth and told her I had bought their Phoenix house. Their daughter Marlene was super cool and she sent me a LeRoy Neiman print which she signed, “Todd, May you be blessed with all the joy this house has brought our family.” -Jesse Owens Family, September 1998.

Fast-forward to 2019. Because of my history with Jesse Owens, I was recently featured in a documentary they did on him and the time he spent in Phoenix, Arizona (1972–1980). It’s incredible to have a connection to one of the greatest athletes in history. On May 25, 1935, Jesse set six world records in 45 minutes and the next year he became the first person to win four gold medals at the Olympics.

Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?

It was my first year selling new homes and it happened at our Christmas party. I was single, in my 20’s, and I had a few beers. By the end of the night, I was making out with another salesperson on the dance floor. This is what most people remembered from the party as they were leaving.

Lesson: Life is short so live it to the fullest. Also, don’t be the last person to leave the company party and make sure you find a secluded spot, if you are going to be kissing a co-worker or your significant other.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

This answer is super easy for me. All of the success that I’ve achieved after 1991 is the direct result of Yogananda and the Yogi Flow Experts of India. Yogananda is the yogi behind the success of Steve Jobs and Apple. He was a Flow teacher to Gandhi and influenced the lives of Elvis, Jack Canfield, and George Harrison.

This thing called Flow or the Flow state is the most powerful performance skill being used in Business and Sports today.

Flow is a state of optimal awareness in which you perform at your best and you feel your best. This is one reason that Flow (Being in the Zone) has been called the most desirable state to be in. Check out the incredible Flow results that were achieved by using the Beginner Level Flow techniques. Just wait until people learn the advanced Flow techniques that the Yogi Flow Experts have been secretly using for over 5,000 years.

RICHARD BRANSON:“In two hours in Flow, I can accomplish Tremendous things…’s like there’s no challenge I can’t meet.”

STEVE JOBS: Steve Jobs used the Flow state to create the 1st Trillion dollar company in U.S. history. Most people incorrectly credit “Meditation” for his success. “Meditation” is merely a subset of the All-encompassing Flow state.

SERENA WILLIAMS: “If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is SHOOTING A GUN down the street, that’s CONCENTRATION and ultimately being in the Flow (state).”

KOBE BRYANT: “When you get in that ZONE, it’s just the SUPREME CONFIDENCE that you know it’s going in. Things just slow down…. Everything becomes ONE NOISE.”

MICHAEL JORDAN: “Every Move, every Step, every decision that you make, is the right decision and we all want to be in that ZONE (Flow state).”

What advice would you suggest to your colleagues in your industry to thrive and avoid burnout?

In my opinion, having an advanced flow routine is the most effective way to avoid burnout while optimizing your performance at work. By using the advanced Flow techniques on a consistent basis (Neuroplasticity), you are able to activate the Flow state of peak performance each day.

When you are in the Flow Cycle, your body produces six Flow brain chemicals (Neurochemicals) — Dopamine, Noradrenaline, Anandamide, Serotonin, Endorphins, and Oxytocin. In addition, your brain waves change from Beta to Theta and Gamma waves during Flow (Neuroelectricity). This clinically measurable process that takes place in your body is the reason why you are able to function at a higher level of performance.

Therefore, I highly recommend an advanced Flow routine for anyone, regardless of age. It’s literally the fastest, easiest, and proven way to activate your Flow. McKinsey and Company, which is a global management consulting firm, did a study and found that most people spend only 5% of their working hours in the higher Flow state of performance. That means 95% of the time, or 38 out of every 40 hours, we are functioning at a low-performance level (3rd Flow Level).

This basically means you’ve been paddling upstream your entire life because nobody has taught you how to access a higher version of your current self. We all have Flow. You are born with it, so it’s in your DNA. Now you just need to learn how to UNLOCK it.

Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s move to the main focus of our interview. Retirement is a dramatic ‘life course transition’ that can impact one’s health. In some cases, retirement can reduce health, and in others it can improve health. From your point of view or experience, what are a few of the reasons that retirement can reduce one’s health?

To understand how retirement can reduce your health you simply have to look at the five factors which help to put you into the higher Flow state of peak performance. They are focus, clear goals, motivation, innovation, and challenge.

Now ask yourself, do most of my daily retirement activities fall into one of these five categories?

The people who say yes, are able to generate a level of Flow each day and so they feel better and are healthier because of it. On the other hand, the individuals who have few to no daily activities that fall into these five Flow categories, will have the opposite result.

To maximize your health during retirement, make sure that you include retirement activities which stimulate your focus, motivation, goals, opportunities to innovate, and challenge yourself each day.

In your experience, what are 3 or 4 things that people wish someone told them before they retired?

The three things people should consider before they retire is this: 1. Stay Active, 2. Define Your Purpose, and 3. Happiness comes from within.


Medical bills are now the number one reason for bankruptcy in America. Keeping your body and mind active each day will slow down the aging process. Remember, if you don’t use it, you lose it, so make sure you stay physically and mentally active.


Now that you are retired, you need to have a plan. What are you going to do each day with your new freedom? Boredom and lack of purpose will suck the life right out of you. I highly recommend volunteering your time when possible. By giving you receive.


Just because you retire doesn’t mean you are going to be happy for long. Most people incorrectly think retirement will bring happiness into their lives. They quickly learn that life is filled with challenges no matter what you are doing. Understanding how to overcome those challenges successfully is the path to finding real happiness.

Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story?

Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda.

It’s a very rare firsthand account written by a Yogi Flow Expert. Yogananda describes his incredible life and introduces us to other Advanced Flow Experts of India. These are the highest functioning individuals on our planet and for the first time, we have one of their own pulling back the curtain of secrecy.

After receiving 10 years of the most advanced Flow training, Yogananda was specifically sent to America in 1920 to share these advanced peak performance lessons with the world.

Yogananda is the yogi behind the success of Steve Jobs and Apple. At the age of 17, Steve first read Autobiography of a Yogi and he re-read it every single year of his life (*Walter Isaacson). Billionaire Marc Benioff said, “If you want to understand Steve Jobs, it’s a good idea to read Autobiography of a Yogi because it gives a tremendous insight into why he was successful.”

The memorial service for Steve was held at Stanford University and it was attended by a Who’s Who of business titans and celebrities. What they didn’t know at the time was, before his death, Steve had planned to give his guests in attendance a Secret Gift. It was delivered in a brown box and handed to people as they were exiting the service. The secret gift was the Autobiography of a Yogi book by Yogananda. Even in death, Steve wanted to show his friends how they could also achieve the higher Flow state of peak performance.

I first read Autobiography of a Yogi in 1991 and it introduced me to a world that everyone seeks but very few find. It awakened in me the desire to expect more from my life and to learn as much as I could about the advanced Flow techniques which these Yogi Flow Experts have been using for over 5,000 years to own the Flow state of peak human performance.

I give all credit to everything that I’ve achieved in my adult life to the advanced Flow lessons that I’ve learned from the Yogi Flow Experts of India.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?

Flow Expert Yogananda said, “Act and Will until Victory is the slogan of all successful activities. No matter how impossible to accomplish a thing, the man of Dynamic Willpower NEVER stops repeating conscious Acts of determination as long as he is living!”

I was adopted when I was born, the doctor’s told my new parents that I was going to die from Spinal Meningitis when I was two months old, my brother Jon died at birth, and my adopted mother Joanne drowned when I was three. As a result, I’ve always had a little different perspective on life, its true purpose, and what you can actually achieve as a human being.

At an early age, I understood my strengths and weaknesses. I was an average student and my athletic career peaked in the 7th grade. I knew that if I wanted to become successful, I would have to try much harder than my peers. When I found the advanced Flow state teachings from Yogananda and the slogan, “Act and Will until Victory,” I immediately felt a connection. For almost 30 years now, I’ve repeated this slogan over and over again because it reflects what you can achieve in life by using your Willpower!

Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!

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