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OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Release Date: 01/05/2020

Want to Prosper? Here's 10 Big Ideas from Mastery Series Module VI: The Fundies - Part 8: Prosper show art Want to Prosper? Here's 10 Big Ideas from Mastery Series Module VI: The Fundies - Part 8: Prosper

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An 80/20 Look at How To Invest in Optimus You, PBC, To Create a Heroic Fire That Lights up the World. In our final Module of The Fundamentals, we learn how to turn Pro and "go forward with hope." We'll build Optimus You, Public Benefit Corporation, with a personal Board of Directors and our daimons as CEO, before creating a 5-year prospectus and tracking our Optimized investment strategy of profound dignity via Eudaimonic accounting.

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Want to Celebrate Life? Here's 10 Big Ideas from Mastery Series Module VI: The Fundies - Part 7: Celebrate show art Want to Celebrate Life? Here's 10 Big Ideas from Mastery Series Module VI: The Fundies - Part 7: Celebrate

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An 80/20 Look at the Powerful Practice of Appreciating What’s Awesome. It’s easy to get so fired up about the whole Optimizing game that we forget the fact that we’re ALREADY WINNING. Science says: Gratitude is super important. In fact, it’s the key that unlocks a ton of joy. Therefore, it’s time to make it a fundamental. (When? TODAY!)

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An 80/20 Look at How To Focus Your Soul Force on the Only Moment That Matters show art An 80/20 Look at How To Focus Your Soul Force on the Only Moment That Matters

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An 80/20 Look at How To Focus Your Soul Force on the Only Moment That Matters. If we want to create an awesome future AND to enjoy life right now then we need to focus on the only moment that matters: the present moment. (Aka RIGHT THIS SECOND!)

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10 Big Ideas to Optimize Your Breathing (via Mastery Series Module VI: The Fundies - Part 5: Breath) show art 10 Big Ideas to Optimize Your Breathing (via Mastery Series Module VI: The Fundies - Part 5: Breath)

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An 80/20 Look at How To Optimize Your Breathing for Calm, Focused Energy (Aka Energized Tranquility!). In Module VI.5, having explored the 80/20 of Eating, Moving, and Sleeping, we turn our attention to another potential contender for the title of "most important fundamental." We learn how to Optimize our breathing (through the nose, deep into the belly, with long exhales) all day, every day, and how to train our tranquility with this ticket to self-mastery.

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10 Big Ideas to Optimize Your Sleep (An 80/20 Look at Why We Sleep, Why We Don't Sleep, and How To Optimize Our #1 Fundie) show art 10 Big Ideas to Optimize Your Sleep (An 80/20 Look at Why We Sleep, Why We Don't Sleep, and How To Optimize Our #1 Fundie)

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An 80/20 Look at Why We Sleep, Why We Don't Sleep, and How To Optimize Our #1 Fundie. In Module VI.4, we learn that Sleep isn't just a pillar of optimizing, it's the foundation on which all of our fundamentals rest! (It's also the most underappreciated way to change our lives.) We review what science says about the Top 10 Sleep Kryptonites (and how to minimize/eliminate each of them) before identifying the most important things we can do as we move from Theory to Practice to Sleep Mastery.

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10 Big Ideas to Optimize Your Movement (An 80/20 Guide To Becoming an Energized Perpetual Motion Machine) show art 10 Big Ideas to Optimize Your Movement (An 80/20 Guide To Becoming an Energized Perpetual Motion Machine)

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An 80/20 Guide To Becoming an Energized Perpetual Motion Machine. In Module VI.3, we learn how to take advantage of the time-released, well-being power tool of exercise while also finding Opportunities-to-Move throughout the day and helping our designed-to-move bodies experience the gift of playing our personal movement games. Enter: You, the Energized Perpetual Motion Machines!

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10 Big Ideas to Optimize Your Nutrition (An 80/20 Look at Optimal Nutrition) show art 10 Big Ideas to Optimize Your Nutrition (An 80/20 Look at Optimal Nutrition)

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An 80/20 Look at Optimal Nutrition. In Module VI.2, we explore the importance of optimizing our nutrition to become (even more!) radiantly alive. We remind ourselves that there is no "the" way—especially for nutrition—while reviewing some pretty universal recommendations on what to eat (food!) and, even more importantly, what to avoid (edible food-like substances; aka ultra-processed sugar-laden pseudo foods that make us sick and tired!).

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Mastery Series Module V: Algorithms - Part 4: Top 10 Power Algorithms show art Mastery Series Module V: Algorithms - Part 4: Top 10 Power Algorithms

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The Essential Algorithms To Install to Reach Your Heroic Potential. In Module V.4, we explore The Top 10 Optimize Power Algorithms we can use to create a higher probability of living in alignment with our Daimons. (After asking the important question of "What variable are we Optimizing for?")

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Mastery Series Module V: Algorithms - Part 3: Delete show art Mastery Series Module V: Algorithms - Part 3: Delete

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Removing the Habits That Make You Crash or Create an Unnecessarily Bumpy Ride. In Module V.3, we make it really, really hard to do the bad habits that we know don't serve us, identify the #1 habit that will have the most positive impact on our lives if we STOP doing it, and delete it.

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Mastery Series Module V: Algorithms - Part 2: Install show art Mastery Series Module V: Algorithms - Part 2: Install

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Being a Good Co-Pilot for Your Daimon Pilot and Basal Ganglia Auto-Pilot. In Module V.2, we make it really, really easy to create good habits, identify the #1 habit that will have the most positive impact on our lives if we START doing it, and install it.

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Emily Fletcher was a Broadway performer living the dream.
 
Only…
 
Her hair was graying at 27, she was always stressed and had chronic insomnia.
 
One of her fellow Broadway performers was always super calm and confident. Emily asked her how she did it. The woman told her that she meditated. Emily rolled her eyes. Then she decided to give meditation a try.
 
After ONE day of meditation, her insomnia was gone. She was hooked. Soon after, she quit Broadway, traveled to India to study more deeply then became a meditation teacher and created something called the “Ziva Technique” which she’s taught to thousands of people.
 
In her book Stress Less, Accomplish More, Emily walks us through the science of WHY meditation is so powerful and then introduces us to the “3 M’s” of her Z Technique: Mindfulness, Meditation and Manifesting.
 
As you know if you’ve been following along, I’m a HUGE fan of meditation. I’ve missed ONE day in the last 12+ years. 
 
If you’ve been looking for a book that will help you get started on your meditation journey and/or take your existing practice to the next level, I think you’ll love it. It’s a great place to start. 
 
Today I want to chat about one of my favorite distinctions from the book.
 
Emily tells us: “The single most important piece of meditation advice you can hold with you as you dive in is this: Thoughts are not the enemy. Remember that the mind thinks involuntarily just like the heart beats involuntarily, so please don’t try to give your mind a command to be silent. Instead, know that thoughts are okay—they’re actually a useful part of this process and now you have your trusty anchor, one, to come back to when you notice you’ve taken a mental field trip.”
 
I always love it when an author prefaces some wisdom with “The single most important thing you need to know about X is...” As we’ve discussed, IF that happens, THEN I sit up a little straighter (gently pulling that thread through the head, of course) and pay even closer attention.
 
So... 
 
Sit up a little straighter and pull that thread if you feel so inspired as we note: “The single most important piece of meditation advice you can hold with you as you dive in is this: Thoughts are not the enemy.”
 
Have YOU “tried” to meditate but felt like a failure because you couldn’t stop thinking?
 
Well... Uh... 
 
Know this: You’re not SUPPOSED to be able to stop your brain from thinking. PERIOD.
 
Emily tells us that she’s NEVER (!) had a session in which she didn’t have a single thought bubble up. It’s not going to happen. EVER.
 
Why? Because, and I just love this line: “The mind thinks involuntarily just like the heart beats involuntarily.” <- Isn’t that a beautiful, empowering way to think about it?
 
The mind THINKS involuntarily just like the heart BEATS involuntarily.
 
Yes, you can slow your heart rate quite a bit by learning how to breathe deeply, training wisely and all that jazz. BUT... You can’t just flip the switch OFF.
 
SAME WITH YOUR BRAIN.
 
We can learn how to slow our thoughts down (interestingly, via the same mechanisms we use to slow our heart rates down: deep breathing, good sleep, exercise, etc.) BUT... We can’t just flip the switch OFF. <- Isn’t that empowering?
 
Knowing that, when our minds inevitably move away from our anchors, we can just say “Oh, well” like Herbert Benson recommends and get back to our practice—in this case, to allowing our mantra to gently bubble up in our consciousness as we deeply relax our minds and bodies.
 
So… One more time: Our thoughts are not our enemies.
 
In fact, a meditation in which we have a LOT of thoughts bubble up is actually, potentially, one of our BEST meditations because the process of sitting and calmly bringing ourselves back to our anchor allows us to “digest”/“release” those thoughts that would otherwise have remained locked up in our minds and bodies.
 
As Emily says: “Thinking during meditation is actually an indicator that some stress is leaving the body. This is where the healing happens. Better out than in, right? When you feel those thoughts coming up and out, know that it is stress exiting your nervous system.”
 
And: “If you remember one thing from this whole book, let it be this: A deep meditation is no better for you than a shallow meditation. I’m going to say that again for dramatic effect. A deep meditation is no better for you than a shallow meditation. I am defining a deep meditation as one in which time passes quickly, you have few thoughts, and you generally enjoy the sitting. In a shallow meditation, the time may pass more slowly, you may feel like you are just sitting there having thoughts the whole time, and you may not enjoy the sitting itself. Both are beneficial for you. A deep meditation means the body is getting deep rest; a shallow meditation means the body is releasing stresses in the form of thoughts. One is not better for you than the other. Write it on your mirror, make a T-shirt, tattoo it on your forehead. I know it sounds crazy and counter to everything you have likely heard about meditation so far, but it’s true.”
 
Here’s to just showing up and brushing our brains.
 
TODAY.