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+1: #1010 Virtue Management

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Release Date: 01/10/2020

PNTV: Discover the Power Within You by Eric Butterworth (#415) show art PNTV: Discover the Power Within You by Eric Butterworth (#415)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Eric Butterworth was a prolific author and Unity minister—one of the great spiritual teachers of the 20th century. We featured another one of his books called Spiritual Economics.

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#1: Project: Strength for 2 + Handbook + Nextcitement + ... (#54) show art #1: Project: Strength for 2 + Handbook + Nextcitement + ... (#54)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

In this Sunday edition, we talk about doubling my basic training protocol (it's the 200 burpees and 20k steps a day that provide the best challenge!) and some iterative creative progress on the book.

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#1: Tour: Outdoor office: #1: Tour: Outdoor office: "Before" view (#53)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Weekend edition: Today we take a quick trip to the back of the property for a "Before" look at what (Deo Volente) will soon be an awesome outdoor office. Fun. :)

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+1: Spray Painting Leaves | Wise Gardening for Mind Body and Soul (#1270) show art +1: Spray Painting Leaves | Wise Gardening for Mind Body and Soul (#1270)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

In our last +1, we hung out with some scientists and doctors who decided to test whether or not FOOD prescriptions would be more cost-effective (and health-boosting effective) than just normal prescriptions for medicine.

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Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo (#414) show art Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo (#414)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

My wife Alexandra has been a huge fan of Marie’s for a long time. I knew she was awesome. But... As I told Alexandra: “I had no idea Marie was THAT awesome!!!” My excuse: I’ve been in hermit-mode and have done nothing but read books for 5 years (no blogs/videos/etc.) so I wasn’t able to get the full sense of Marie’s heroically brilliant and grounded and HILARIOUS power until this book came out.

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#1: Stepping into the (re-)new(ed) identity: Philosopher + CEO + Handbook WINs +... (#52) show art #1: Stepping into the (re-)new(ed) identity: Philosopher + CEO + Handbook WINs +... (#52)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Today we have fun with my (re-)new(ed) identity: Philosopher + CEO and some Handbook +1s.

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#1: Good bad nights via sleep algorithms (+ v1 OPTIMIZE Handbook cover!) #51 show art #1: Good bad nights via sleep algorithms (+ v1 OPTIMIZE Handbook cover!) #51

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Today we take a sneak peek at v1 of the OPTIMIZE Handbook cover and look at some Oura data on a good bad night saved by an algorithm!

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#1: Target Practice with Apollo and Handbook scaffolding project COMPLETE! (Yay!) (#50) show art #1: Target Practice with Apollo and Handbook scaffolding project COMPLETE! (Yay!) (#50)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Today we chat about missing the ol' mark on the 3:00 last-input target. And simply recommitting. And... Finished Phase I of the Handbook construction process. Scaffolding is in place. Fired up. (Just noticed this is #50. Time flies when you're having fun!) As always:

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PNTV: Positive Psychology and the Body by Kate Hefferon (#413) show art PNTV: Positive Psychology and the Body by Kate Hefferon (#413)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

"Positive Psychology and the Body." Unfortunately, those two subjects are rarely connected--which is why I was so excited to get this book when I saw the title. It's actually a *textbook* not a normal book.

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#1: 101 days left in 2020 = LET'S GOOOOO! (What're your wildly important targets?) (#48) show art #1: 101 days left in 2020 = LET'S GOOOOO! (What're your wildly important targets?) (#48)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Did you know there are 101 days left in 2020. Yep. Time to finish strong. I share a little on how I'm going to do that with the Handbook, etc. How about YOU?

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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. 
 
We talked about some of the key themes of our upcoming Mastery Series/Optimize Coach program. (Fun fact: Looks like he’ll be doing the program with TWO of his kids—which makes my soul smile.)
 
So…
 
One of the things we discussed was creating Masterpiece Days. Of course, we talked about the fact that our day starts the night before (PM counts twice!), the importance of being creative before we’re reactive and all that jazz. 
 
We also spent a fair amount of time talking about The Fundamentals (Eat! Move! Sleep! Breathe! Be Present! Prosper!) and how important it is to Optimize our Energy so we can show up most fully in our Work and our Love.
 
But what I found myself thinking about as I was falling asleep was the fact that when most people start to think about architecting their ideal days, they start with “Time Management.”
 
Optimizing the nuts and bolts of how we manage our time is, of course, important. But I think there’s something more important and essential than managing our time. 
 
As Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr put it in The Power of Full Engagement, we need to manage our ENERGY. When we prioritize Energy Management, things like our PM Bookends (with its shut-down complete and digital sunset rituals) become obvious high priorities.
 
So… 
 
Energy Management > Time Management.
 
But…
 
There’s something FAR more important than either Energy Management or Time Management.
 
Virtue Management.
 
This is, essentially, what all (!) the great philosophers and spiritual traditions have taught us since the dawn of time. 
 
Live with Wisdom. And Self-Mastery. And Courage. And Love.
 
Why?
 
So we can more consistently close the gap between who we’re capable of being and who we’re actually being as we joyfully show up as the Optimus-best version of ourselves in service to our families, communities, and world.
 
When?
 
TODAY.
 
P.S. We’d be honored to welcome you to our 2020 Mastery Series and Optimize Coach programs. You can sign up now. Based on the feedback of the 1,000+ Optimizers who participated in our inaugural class, I KNOW we can help you make 2020 THE greatest year of your life and the start of the greatest decade of your life. 
 
Let’s do this!!!