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OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson features the best Big Ideas from the best optimal living books. More wisdom in less time to help you live your greatest life. (Learn more at optimize.me.)
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Sep 17, 2015

We're not going to change *everything* all.at.once. But we can make 5% incremental improvements. Here's one powerful way to do that.

Sep 17, 2015

Steve Chandler tells us “There is bad and there is good . . . And then there is crazy good." And, our path to living a crazy-good life is simple. It's all about CHOICES. As with all of Steve's books, this one is packed with wisdom. Big Ideas we cover include The 5% Solution, Systems vs. Dreams, Game vs. Shame, and making life an experiment.

Sep 16, 2015

Want happiness? Close the gap btwn what you're capable of being and what you're actually being, yo! In other words, live with arete! :)

Sep 16, 2015

Is your motivation intrinsic or extrinsic? Pay attention. It has a big impact on your overall happiness and mojo!! (This is the first in a daily series of Optimal Living 101 Big Ideas. Hope you dig 'em! Let me know what you think!! Have something you want me to talk about? Leave a comment! 

Sep 15, 2015

Meditation. If you believe leading research scientists, it's as close to a magic pill as we can get! Let's take a quick look at 5 reasons why meditation is awesome along with 10 tips on how to rock it!

Sep 15, 2015

Tripp Lanier is the host of The New Man Podcast: Beyond the Macho Jerk and the New Age Wimp. He coaches entrepreneurs around the world to redefine success, create offerings that actually make a difference, and do the thing they were put on this Earth to do.

Sep 14, 2015

Want to conquer your fear? Here's how. :)

Sep 13, 2015

Wondering how you can discover your purpose in less than 5 seconds?! Here you go! :) (Laughing that it took me 5 minutes and 50 seconds to describe a 5 second process! hah. :)

Sep 13, 2015

Patricia Ryan Madson is Emerita of Stanford University where she taught for three decades in the Drama Department. In this interview, we'll talk about her 13 maxims for improv living from her quick-reading, fun, smart, practical book.

Sep 12, 2015

Here's a quick look at the Top 10 Big Ideas for my upcoming class: Confidence 101: How to Create Indestructible Trust in Yourself. 

Sep 12, 2015

Here’s a quick look at the Top 10 Big Ideas for my upcoming class Getting Stuff Done 101: How to Reach Your Potential by Crushing it Day In and Day Out. 

Big Ideas we’ll explore include: The fact that it’s more about *energy* management than time management + how to create systems that make it easy to produce consistently (we’ll look at what I do systems-wise) + time-blocking (the “#1 power tool” of productivity as The One Thing Gary Keller describes it) + creating masterpiece days + the importance of a “stop doing list” + other such goodness.

Sep 11, 2015

Here are my Top 10 Big Ideas on how to create habits that can change your life. Hope you enjoy!

Sep 11, 2015

Georges St-Pierre. GSP. If you’re into mixed martial arts/the UFC, you know GSP as one of the greatest pound for pound fighters ever. Although I’m not really a big MMA guy, I’ve always admired the sheer, visceral strength + courage of fighters and elite warriors like the UFC champions + Navy SEALs/Army Rangers. In this great book we get a behind the scenes look into GSP’s greatness. Big Ideas include Areté, Sacrifices vs. Decisions, being courageous (hint: it’s NOT about being fearless), crazy dreams + long journeys, and dedication.

Sep 10, 2015

Here’s a quick look at the Top 10 Big Ideas for my class Meditation 101: How to Meditate without Moving to the Himalayas!

Sep 10, 2015

When you're clear on your mission you structure your life to actualize. But when you eliminate distractions you're not making "sacrifices" per se. You're simply making decisions.

Sep 9, 2015

Here are my Top 10 Big Ideas on Relationships 101: How to Optimize the Love in Your Life. Hope you enjoy! 

Sep 9, 2015

If we want GREATNESS (whatever that means for us), we need to remember that our destiny is shaped by our moment to moment decision. Let's shoot into the right basket as we step forward into growth.

Sep 8, 2015

Ready to get your brain right? Start with your gut! In this compelling book, Dr. David Perlmutter walks us through the leading-edge science on how to dial in our microbiome to optimize our brain + overall well-being. In the Note, we explore Big Ideas ranging from the power of probiotics and your second brain to the importance of focusing on root causes rather than just symptoms along with the 6 keys to feeding your microbes.

Sep 8, 2015

I'm convinced Mark Divine is a superhero. Seriously. And in Unbeatable Mind, the former Navy SEAL gives us the handbook on mental toughness. In the Note, we'll look at the keys to cultivating our confidence, the importance of cultivating our concentration, learning how to control our breathing and other goodness that will make you unbeatable.

Sep 7, 2015

Who do LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Dwight Howard, James Harden and a ton of other top basketball players go to to get better? Idan Ravin. If you’re into sports + self-development + the pursuit of being the best you can possibly be, I think you’ll *love* the book. Big Ideas include getting paid to do what you love, greatness, obstacles and exiting the cave.

Sep 7, 2015

If you want to hit your outcome (or "product" goals) you need to hit your daily PROCESS goals. Here's how.

Sep 6, 2015

Wonder where happiness comes from? So does Jonathan Haidt, one of the world’s leading positive psychologists and Professor at NYU. Join us as we explore some of my favorite Big Ideas from his great book.

Sep 6, 2015

What are the Top 10 goals you’d like to achieve over the next year? Awesome. Now, what’s the #1 goal? FOCUS ON THAT!

Sep 5, 2015

How’s your habit-building process working for you? If you’ve stalled a few (hundred?) times, Stephen Guise tells us that Mini Habits might be just the thing you’re looking for!

Sep 4, 2015

Jason Selk is one of the world’s leading peak performance experts. His tagline? “The relentless pursuit of greatness.” If that appeals to you, you’ll love this book. It’s *fantastic*! Big Ideas we explore include the difference between Process and Product Goals, a 100-second mental training workout, why your self-image matters and the REMARKABLE benefits of writing down your goals.

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