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Updated July 2020
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Way back in the day, we discussed the fact that Stephen Covey’s 7th Habit of Highly Effective People is “Sharpen the Saw.” Covey tells us that we need to make sure we take time to renew ourselves—not just physically but also spiritually, socially and mentally. To bring the point home, he tells us to imagine walking into a forest. We see a guy (or g…
 
In our last +1, we talked about the fact that, if we could figure out how to take 30 EXPONENTIAL steps, we’d be able to hop in a rocket and go around the Earth two DOZEN times. Rather than get 90 feet down the street, we’d get a few BILLION steps further in our joyful jaunt around the Earth. That’s crazy. And, well, that’s the power of aggregating …
 
Continuing our brief foray through Jim Qwik’s brain and book, let’s talk about the power of getting into Flow. Jim tells us that being able to flip the switch and drop into a powerful Flow state is one of the keys to tapping into our (Limitless!!) superpowers. He quotes Steven Kotler in The Rise of Superman to make his point. Here’s how Steven puts…
 
In our last +1, we had some fun playing with Cal Newport’s Deep Work equation. We modified it from: High Quality Work Produced = Time Spent x Intensity of Focus to: High Quality Work Produced = Time Spent x Quality of Energy x Intensity of Focus The basic idea: You can get a TON of high quality work produced when you Focus your best Energy. Today I…
 
Continuing our brief tour through Kate Hefferon’s textbook on Positive Psychology and the Body, let’s flip open to the chapter on “Positive Nutrition.” Hmmmm… I wonder what science has to say about the impact of our diets on our wellbeing… Guess where Kate starts her discussion? With sugar. She tells us: “Sugar has been a component within western d…
 
In the last couple +1s, we talked about The Shattered Vase (and the power of taking those pieces and making a beautiful new mosaic) then we practiced The Art of Precious Scars (as we chatted about “golden repairs”). Let’s imagine that art sitting on a desk in our dojo-studio. We’ve got the mosaic and that golden-seamed vase. And… Right next to thos…
 
Have you ever heard of “hedonic treadmills”? We talked about them briefly a few years ago in the context of this +1 on the science of hedonic adaptation. Basic idea: We adapt to all the “things” we get in our lives. That shiny new car isn’t so shiny a few months after we get it. Same thing with the new phone or TV or whatever. Sonja Lyubomirksy is …
 
In our last +1, we tapped into some wisdom from Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness as we wrote ourselves a permission slip and then hopped on the bus. Today we’re going to spend some more time with Brené. And, we’ll invite Pema Chodrön to the party. Brené tells us: “I love Pema Chodrön’s ‘Lousy World’ teaching on this topic. In it, Chodrön …
 
In our last +1, we blew up some belly balloons with our kids. We breathed in through our noses, down into our bellies (can you make that balloon pop?!) then we breathed back out through our noses (slightly longer than the inhale). Ah… Repeat. ESPECIALLY when things start to get a little out of control!!! Which leads us to another little practice we…
 
A little over seven and half years ago, Emerson was born at home. We had an amazing midwife (named Mary Jackson) for both Emerson and Eleanor’s births. I’ll never forget the very first moments of Emerson’s life. I had the blessed honor of being the first to officially welcome him into the world. RIGHT after he was born (literally a couple seconds a…
 
Continuing our little series on the science of courage, how about some more wisdom from Robert Biswas-Diener? In The Courage Quotient, he tells us: “Herein lies the intervention related to failure: accept it. We modern people have fallen in love with the idea that we are in control of our lives, and this worldview gives rise to an impulse to resist…
 
In our last +1, we all get issued our magic wand. It can alchemize any and all challenges into fuel for our growth. Thank you, Hermes and Epictetus!! I mentioned the fact that Ward Farnsworth shared that passage in his great book The Practicing Stoic. He shared it in a chapter on how Stoics deal with adversity in which he tells us: “Stoics avoid ad…
 
In our last +1, we played the “I want to speak with your supervisor!” game. You play it yet? If not, try it. It’s truly awesome. As you’ll recall, the most important part of the process is to start with the end in mind—knowing that it’ll end with you praising the awesomeness of the rep who helped you. (btw: When you chat with the supervisor, tell T…
 
In our last +1, we upgraded our conception of Soul Mates to Soul Mate 2.0. (At least I did!) Before we jump into the wisdom for Today’s +1, how about some fun Johnson family history?! Once upon a time (actually, almost exactly 13 years ago), Alexandra and I met. At the time I was running a social networking site called Zaadz that was all about conn…
 
In our last +1, we spent some time with Carlos Castaneda and his Toltec Warrior. Today, we’re going to spend a little more time with this eccentric teacher. I’ve always found one passage of his to be particularly powerful. THIS one: “Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore, a warrior must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if he …
 
In our last +1, we did some swooping and gliding and hunting with a red-tailed hawk and our bird-watching guide: Carlos Castaneda. Today I want to chat about that hawk again. I mentioned the fact that he’s not worried about whether or not he’ll find his prey. He’s just hunting. Calmly, 100% focused on the PROCESS. Letting the outcomes take care of …
 
In our last couple +1s, we’ve been having fun spending some time with former Navy SEAL Commander and perennial wolf-tamer, Mark Divine. Most recently, we named our Courage wolf, “Daimon” and our Fear wolf, “Demon.” (As Dan Siegel and other mindfulness neuroscientists would say: It’s always wise to “Name It to Tame It!”) I mentioned the fact that I …
 
I’m the kinda guy who goes to a movie with a pen and paper ready to take notes. Well, I’m actually the kinda guy who (aside from when I’m on the Trail) pretty much ALWAYS has a pen and paper ready to take notes. So… The other day, I’m that guy in the movie theatre watching the most recent Star Wars installment: The Rise of Skywalker. Luke is chatti…
 
In our last +1, we talked about making a Purpose upgrade—going from a grand conception of one “big purpose” for life (Purpose 1.0) to finding micro-moments of purpose all day every day (Purpose 2.0). I promised to chat about HOW to go about doing that Today. So… Here we are. Let’s bring Tom Rath back for some more wisdom from Life’s Great Question.…
 
Richard Rohr is one of my new favorite teachers. Alexandra got me his book called Falling Upward after I told her how much I loved David Brooks’ The Second Mountain. Apparently it’s recommended alongside that book on Amazon. With 1,400+ reviews, Alexandra thought I might like it. And, well, YES!! Not only did I like the book, I loved it. (Check out…
 
In our last +1, we talked about being Efficient vs. Effective. Efficiency? It’s GREAT for managing our time and completing tasks. Not so great for creating EFFECTIVE relationships with people. We also hammered our “technology is the obstacle to presence!” theme one more time. (I promise to keep coming back to it.) Today I want to chat about another…
 
In our last couple +1s, we flipped through my notes from session number 150-something with my Yoda/spiritual Godfather Phil Stutz. On page one we had: “Success doesn’t matter in this world, commitment does.” On the middle of page three we had: “Real enthusiasm is passing through the worst and realizing it’s the best.” Looking at the bottom of page …
 
Gratitude. Yes, we’ve been chatting about it quite a bit recently. That’s deliberate. You know how we recently established the (scientifically-validated) Top 2 virtues as Zest + Hope? Well… Positive psychologists arm wrestle a bit about those top two virtues. While Ryan Niemiec (via The Power of Character Strengths) tells us that Zest + Hope are ou…
 
William Damon is one of the world's leading scholars on human development. As the Director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence, Professor of Education at Stanford University, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Damon's research explores how people develop purpose and integrity in their work, family, and civic life. In his most recent b…
 
In our last couple +1s, we talked about the science of gratitude and explored some tips on Robert Emmons’ #1 practice: Gratitude Journaling. Today I want to chat about one of the distinctions I most loved from his book Gratitude Works! He tells us: “Think about and then write down those aspects of your life that you are prone to take for granted. I…
 
In our last +1, we talked about how to sidestep depression and anxiety. I still can’t believe that scientists have identified a threshold for our step counts under which we make ourselves more vulnerable for anxiety and depression. As Kelly McGonigal tells us in The Joy of Movement: “The average daily step count required to induce feelings of anxie…
 
Alzheimer’s. Even just thinking about that dreaded disease freaks you out a bit, eh? Over 5 million people in the US alone have Alzheimer’s. 1 in 9 people over 65. We’re told that there’s little we can do to prevent it and even less (make that: nothing) we can do to reverse it. Well... What if we could put an End to Alzheimer’s? In his great book, …
 
In our last +1, we left Zeno the leopard gecko in his terrarium and hung out with Zeno the founder of Stoicism. As we discussed, Zeno was a wealthy merchant who arrived in Athens via shipwreck, discovered philosophy and then told his students that “he had come to value wisdom more than wealth or reputation.” He valued wisdom so much that he used to…
 
Virtues > Behaviors model. Big Ideas we explore include Superman + Clark Kent (who's who?), activating your Heroic Self (the science of), motivation and emotion (share a common Latin root), virtues as super powers (more on the science of), and Crossing the Threshold (Today the day?)."}" data-sheets-userformat= "{"2":769,"3":{"1":0},"11":3,"12":0}">…
 
In our last couple +1s, we’ve been hanging out with Emerson, playing the “I Love You!” game and taking a quick look at the story of our world. Today we’re going to spend a little more time with Emerson and history. First: Quick aside. At the Optimize Coach graduation weekend, it was amazing how many of our Coaches came up to Alexandra and me and to…
 
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. After Emerson gave me that answer to the hero-virtue riddle, we went to visit the ladies in the bath to tell mommy about his answer. Which, of course, led to a whole ‘nother round o…
 
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." Dr. Langer was first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University, and is the the author of eleven books--including Mindfulness, The…
 
In our last +1, we spent some time with John Maxwell and reflected on his wisdom on the pinnacle of leadership influence: Moral Authority. Recall: “Moral authority is the recognition of a person’s leadership influence based on who they are more than the position they hold. It is attained by authentic living that has built trust and it is sustained …
 
In our last +1, we talked about the research on the fact that The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking. Today I want to talk about another way to make what we’re learning stick. We’re going to consult with Barbara Oakley on this one. Barbara taught one of the most popular classes in history. Nearly 2 mil…
 
In our last +1, we talked about the PM ritual Pythagoras came up with 2,500 years ago (!) that the Stoics liked to follow: "Allow not sleep to close your wearied eyes, Until you have reckoned up each daytime deed: ‘Where did I go wrong? What did I do? And what duty’s left undone?’ From first to last review your acts and then Reprove yourself for wr…
 
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. Here it is one more time: Having demonstrated a commitment to areté through the mastery of ancient wisdom, modern science, and the fundamentals of Optimal…
 
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…
 
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 t…
 
This is Optimize +1 #1,000. I don’t really know how to best start this one other than by saying: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Seriously. I am so honored to be a part of your life—whether that’s occasionally or every day. And I’m deeply grateful to have your support so I can do what I do. Thank you. Today I want to celebrate YOU. And… I want to …
 
In our last +1, we hung out with my two favorite Joes: Scholar of the Hero’s Journey (and Grandpa in my spiritual family tree) Joseph Campbell, and gritty heroic exemplar (and soul brother), Joe De Sena. Today I want to spend a little more time with Joe De Sena. Let’s open up his latest book The Spartan Way. Page 14. He tells us: “Through work and …
 
Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness have written a couple great books together. First, they gave us Peak Performance. Then The Passion Paradox. Today we’re going to talk about one of the central themes of The Passion Paradox. (Tomorrow we’ll chat about some goodness from Peak Performance.) So… Passion. It’s AWESOME! Except when it isn’t. Enter: The Pas…
 
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 tol…
 
A few +1s ago, we had fun chatting about the starting and finish lines of my first business, eteamz. I mentioned that it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows and we briefly discussed the fact that I’ve failed WAY MORE times than I’ve succeeded. (btw. As a recovering fixed-mindset perfectionist, it was therapeutic for me to type that. Hah. Seriously.) T…
 
We talk a lot about the futility of arguing with reality. As Byron Katie so perfectly says, “When I argue with reality I lose. But only 100% of the time.” (Hah.) Today we’re going to take another look at that wisdom from a slightly different angle. We’ll invite a couple of modern Zen Masters to the party: Joko Beck and Phil Jackson. We’ll start wit…
 
In our last +1, we spent some time with Todd Herman, Batman, Dora the Explorer and YOUR most heroic self. Today we’re going to connect all that goodness to wisdom from the classic peak-performance book The Inner Game of Tennis by Tim Gallwey. Here’s how he puts it: “‘Asking for qualities’ describes the other kind of role-playing. When introducing t…
 
In our last +1, we revisited Ellen Langer at her “Psychology of Possibility” lab at Harvard to learn that words matter. As you may recall, simply priming people with words associated with old age (via a crossword puzzle!) will cause them to walk more slowly to the elevator than those who weren’t primed with those words. *rubs eyes* One more time: A…
 
Geoff Colvin’s Talent Is Overrated is a great book. It falls into the “Effort Counts Twice” / Deliberate Practice bucket of how to reach our Peak via Grit, etc. It’s packed with great stories about, as per the sub-title of the book: “What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else.” (Here’s a short hint to the answer: “No matter wh…
 
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