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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 20, 2016

How would the boldest, most authentic, best version of you act? Now a good time to be that? (A: YES! "Fake it until you become it.")

Sep 15, 2016

Unless you're looking to be mediocre, focus more on your talents than your weaknesses. Forget about being well-rounded and focus on being the best version of you.

Sep 12, 2016

You know how long Google kept Gmail in Beta mode? 5 years. Only after MILLIONS of people used and loved it did they declare beta complete. We need to put ourselves in permanent beta mode!

Sep 8, 2016

Here's a quick look at some of Warren Buffett's thoughts on goal setting. In short: Identify 25 important life goals. Identify the top 5. Throw away the rest and get to work!

Sep 6, 2016

When you look at EXTRAORDINARY performers do you find yourself saying, "Wow. They must have been born with something special?" If so, remember: SO WERE YOU.

Sep 1, 2016

Dallas and Melissa Hartwig tell us good food passes four tests. Here they are.

Aug 28, 2016

Welcome to OPTIMIZE Airlines. Please fasten your seatbelts and... remember that if cabin pressure changes you need to give yourself oxygen before trying to help others!

Aug 27, 2016

Here's the definition of the Common Denominator of Success: Successful people make a habit of doing the things failures don't like to do.

Aug 25, 2016

Pete Carroll and Michael Gervais made mental training as important as the physical training with the Seahawks. One trick? They'd have their players imaging their peak performance. Then think about what gets in the way of that. Then they'd systematically remove those obstacles. <-- Good idea!

Aug 22, 2016

Here's an awesome standard: Outperform your contract. At work. At home. Let's astonish.

Aug 19, 2016

What's the #1 rule of confidence? "The *actions* of confidence come first; the *feelings* of confidence come later."

Aug 18, 2016

Did you know the word "character" comes from the Greek word for "chisel"? Yep. Just as you chisel away at a marble statue to create a work of art, we need to chisel away at everything that gets in the way of making our lives a work of art.

Aug 16, 2016

Michael Phelps tells us there’s a big difference between “Can’t” and “Won’t.” His coach, Bob Bowman, told him, “‘Can’t’–that’s a tough word.” Let’s preserve our power and quit throwing around “can’t” when we really mean “won’t”!

Aug 15, 2016

The Spartan Race tagline is "You'll know at the finish line." But getting to the STARTING line is way more important.

Aug 11, 2016

Want to know what happens when we industrialized our food. Here are 5 key things to keep in mind.

Aug 9, 2016

There's REAL work and then there's pseudo-work. It's all about intensity. Remember: Work = Time x Intensity.

Aug 6, 2016

Fats. They are not created equal. Here's a quick look at the good, the bad, and the truly evil.

Aug 5, 2016

Want to know learning's enemy #1? Here it is: the fluency illusion. And, here's how to beat it!

Aug 3, 2016

Did you know fast-acting carbs light up the addiction center (called the nucleus accumbens) of your brain? Yep. Here's a quick look at some fascinating reseaarch on this and a tip on how to conquer your cravings.

Jul 31, 2016

"Edible foodlike substances." That's what Michael Pollan calls the stuff food scientists are cooking up these days. Remember Rule #1: Eat food. If your great-grandmother didn't eat, you probably shouldn't eat it. If it doesn't rot, don't eat it. If your 3rd grader can't pronounce ingredients? Don't eat it.

Jul 28, 2016

Gravity. It's always pushing us into the center of the Earth. If we're sitting all day every day, that causes super unhealthy compression. We need to decompress. Easiest way to do that? Stand tall!

Jul 26, 2016

Next time you walk through the grocery store remember: The long the shelf life, the shorter YOUR life. Choose real food.

Jul 24, 2016

When you experience pain do you struggle and try to control your thoughts and feelings or do you accept the pain and commit to values-based action? Choose wisely! Keep the struggle switch in the OFF position. Remember: S = P x R.

Jul 21, 2016

Eleanor Roosevelt tells us we gain strength, courage, and confidence every time we stop to look fear in the face and she challenges us to do that EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

Jul 19, 2016

Movement transcends and includes exercise. How much do YOU move? (And are you ready to become a perpetual motion machine? :)

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