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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: Want to Be the Best? | Godin Says: You Really Can’t Try to Do Everything (#1265) show art +1: Want to Be the Best? | Godin Says: You Really Can’t Try to Do Everything (#1265)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

In our last +1, we got our inner Freak on as we spent some time with Dav!d Rendall and learned to embrace constraints as we reminded ourselves to approach this whole game of life as Optimalists rather than Perfectionists—using our ideals as GUIDING STARS not distant shores.

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PNTV: Food Fix by Mark Hyman, MD (#411) show art PNTV: Food Fix by Mark Hyman, MD (#411)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Mark Hyman, MD, is head of strategy for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and board president for the Institute for Functional Medicine.

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PNTV: Breath by James Nestor (#410) show art PNTV: Breath by James Nestor (#410)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

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PNTV: Life's Great Question by Tom Rath (#409) show art PNTV: Life's Great Question by Tom Rath (#409)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

I’m a big fan of Tom Rath and his work. And... I’m not alone. His 10 books have sold over 10 million copies. Dan Pink (author of Drive and When) calls him “One of the most successful nonfiction writers of his generation.”

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PNTV: The Practicing Stoic by Ward Farnsworth (#408)  show art PNTV: The Practicing Stoic by Ward Farnsworth (#408)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

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PNTV: Sea Stories by Admiral William H. McRaven (#407) show art PNTV: Sea Stories by Admiral William H. McRaven (#407)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

I got this book immediately after finishing Admiral McRaven’s first book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life... And Maybe the World.

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+1: The Flat Tire | And the Ultimate Question: What Do You Want? (#1261) show art +1: The Flat Tire | And the Ultimate Question: What Do You Want? (#1261)

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In our last couple +1s, we’ve been chatting about Trevor Moawad’s wisdom on what he calls “neutral thinking.” We started by hanging out with Russell Wilson en route to winning a Super Bowl. Then we visited the Johnson Ranch to discuss my relationship with our new chickens and their poop.

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#1: Pause button, foolish consistency and WIN!! (#44) show art #1: Pause button, foolish consistency and WIN!! (#44)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Today we hit the pause button on the ol' #1s as it's taking a little more Energy + Focus than I'm willing to give it vis-a-vis my truly What's Important Now targets. I think I'll be back with these near the end of the year to make sure we're wrapping up 2020 with antifragile ferocity and getting ready to make 2021 THE Greatest Year of our Lives.

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+1: Your Stinkin’ Thinkin’ | Chickens, Poop, and Neutral Thinking (#1260) show art +1: Your Stinkin’ Thinkin’ | Chickens, Poop, and Neutral Thinking (#1260)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

In our last +1, we spent some more time with Trevor Moawad and explored some more wisdom from his great book, It Takes What It Takes. As you may recall, we chatted about neutral thinking. As Trevor says: “No matter where I work, the same truth keeps emerging. Neutral thinking is the key to unlocking a set of behaviors that can turn also-rans into champions and champions into legends.”

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PNTV: Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven (#406) show art PNTV: Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven (#406)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Admiral William H. McRaven is a Retired U.S. Navy SEAL who served for thirty-seven years and commanded at every level. As a Four-Star Admiral, his final assignment was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces.

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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!