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+1: #985 Operating at the Highest Level

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Release Date: 12/16/2019

+1: #1048 “I Found Something!” show art +1: #1048 “I Found Something!”

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

As we’ve discussed many times, one of my absolute favorite things to do in life is curl up in bed next to Emerson and read together. It’s an essential part of our PM Bookend and one we miss only on rare occasions. 

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+1: #1045 What’s 1 + 1? show art +1: #1045 What’s 1 + 1?

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

In our last +1, we had fun with the ultimate riddles of life—from skunks and giraffes to watches and pearls. And… The answer to pretty much all of life’s riddles? Love.

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Optimize Interview: Irresistible with Adam Alter show art Optimize Interview: Irresistible with Adam Alter

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Irresistible. That’s the perfect word to describe the growing array of addictive technologies that are capturing so much of our attention these days.

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Optimize Interview: The Psychology of Possibility with Ellen Langer show art Optimize Interview: The Psychology of Possibility with Ellen Langer

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Ellen Langer is a professor of psychology at Harvard and one of the world's leading experts on the science of wellbeing, and what she refers to as the "psychology of possibility."

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+1: #1035 Yesterday’s Home Run show art +1: #1035 Yesterday’s Home Run

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In our last +1, we spent some time with John Maxwell and reflected on his wisdom on the pinnacle of leadership influence: Moral Authority.

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+1: #1030 Want to Make It Stick? show art +1: #1030 Want to Make It Stick?

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We’re going to consult with Barbara Oakley on this one. Barbara taught one of the most popular classes in history. Nearly 2 million people from 200 countries have taken her Coursera class called Learning How to Learn.

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+1: #1025 Exercise: It’s a Well-Being Tool show art +1: #1025 Exercise: It’s a Well-Being Tool

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

In our last couple +1s, we talked about a key (arguably the #1 key) predictor of our long-term health/morbidity: our visceral fat. 

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+1: #1020 Learning Cycles show art +1: #1020 Learning Cycles

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Today we’ll step back a bit and put in an AM Intention practice to go with that PM Reflection practice.

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+1: #1015 It’s Day 1 show art +1: #1015 It’s Day 1

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

In our last +1, we had fun chatting about the diploma we give to our Optimize Coaches. It so perfectly captures the underlying purpose of all of our work together that I’d like to share it again. 

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+1: #1010 Virtue Management show art +1: #1010 Virtue Management

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Last night as I was falling asleep, I was reflecting on the wonderful time I spent with a dear friend who came up to Ojai for a hike to chat about his next hero’s journey. 

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In our last +1, we did our best Boss impersonation as we reinterpreted our sweaty palms and racing hearts as a sign we’re EXCITED and READY TO GO rather than as a sign that something’s wrong.
 
When I read that passage in Marie’s book, I immediately thought of some parallel wisdom from Jon Eliot’s Overachievement.
 
Recall that Eliot is the guy who told us that we want to keep our V-12 engines and learn how to manage all that power rather than swap it out for a lawnmower engine. And, he told us that we want to be more like squirrels than Einstein when we get ready to perform.  
 
So…
 
Here’s the passage I thought of as I read about the Boss’s Bossness.
 
Eliot tells us: “The physical symptoms of fight-or-flight are what the human body has learned over thousands of years to operate more efficiently and at the highest level. Anxiety is a cognitive interpretation of that physical response.”
 
Aha!
 
That energy we feel when we’re about to perform? 
 
Eliot tells us we need to remember two more things: 
 
"1.   Everything that your body does to you when the pressure is on is good for performance...
  1. Pressure is different from anxiety; nervousness is different from worry.”
 
One more time: Everything is inherently empty of meaning. We get to CHOOSE the meaning we give to any and everything that’s happening to us. (Period!)
 
So, might as well choose the optimal response.
 
Excited about anything Today?
 
Me, too.
 
Let’s do this!