How Long Does it Take for a Strong
Emotion to Pass through our System?
How Can We Intervene to Change the Result?
“Between stimulus and
response there is a space.
In that space lies our
freedom and power to
choose our response. In
those choices lie our
growth and our
The Results ALWAYS Seek to Justify the
Precipitating Thought . . .
I told you I
Reptile Brain (Amygdala Highjack) – Failed
You see! They really are
out to get me!
Our Brain is like Teflon for Positivity and Velcro for
Negativity (hat tip to Gretchen Pisano)
Now It’s Your Turn: Individual Exercise
• Describe a recent vivid event that elicited a strong emotional
o Acted Like
• Alternative thought – just as believable as the original
Find a Friend: Pair Exercise
• Describe your situation
• Brainstorm some alternative thoughts – push
your partner’s thinking
• Switch – now it’s your partner’s turn
Dan Griffiths, CPA, CGMA is the Director of Strategic Planning at
Tanner, LLC, a Salt Lake City-based professional services firm with
about 80 team members. Prior to merging his practice with Tanner,
he co-founded Proficio Services Group to provide strategic &
business planning, leadership development, and business coaching
services. Dan is a graduate of the 2010 AICPA Leadership Academy
and in 2011-2012 served as the chair of the Young CPA Network
Committee for the AICPA. Dan has also been very active with the
UACPA and in 2011 was recognized as the Outstanding CPA in
Business and Management. He was recently selected to serve as
Utah’s elected member of the AICPA Governing Council. Dan is an
avid flyfisher, backpacker, and gardener. He and his wife Bibiana
just welcomed their fourth child to the family.
Contact Dan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or connect with him on LinkedIn