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3 “steps”● Know yourself●● Improve yourself●● Enjoy your life
3 Things● Know yourself – become aware of: – Your passions/goals/motivation – Your capabilities – How you (really) function● Improve yourself – once you know yourself: – Map out how to get to where you want to be● Enjoy your life – Create “flow” in your activities – Happiness – recognize, allow, expand it
How Do We Change, Improve?● Just identifying a problem is half solved.●● Identifying your own challenges gets you past denial and blockage.●● Sometimes you need to act without believing.●
mind-body connection● Somewhat obvious, sometimes not● Vision example: – Our eyes see “pixels” - not shapes – Our brain filters, for patterns such as “horizontal motion”. We can even dictate these filters. – Our mind gets this input, and applies “meaning” to these pixels and patterns – We “see” our world
biology, diet, and environmental interactions● Exercise changes the brain in beneficial ways – Neurons are created, chemicals are released – Blood flow is increased – Better mood, skin, muscle tone, energy – Confidence● What you eat affects how your body operates – Complex interactions within our biology – Who you are = in your head (brain/mind) – What you eat = who you are able to be (brain performance)
enjoy "flow" in lifes activities● Flow – a positive mental state of operation … – “... in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.” (Wikipedia)● Enjoyment without trying: – “The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task, although flow is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or ones emotions”
focus, willpower, and motivation● Focus – situations: – Learning – Tasks – completing actions, thoughts – Communication● Why USA phone numbers were 7 digits?● Biological focus & follow-through (theory) – When running, we have to focus 1 to 5 steps out – The most important decsions are “near to us” – The better “working memory”, the smarter?
focus, willpower, and motivation● Willpower – Deciding on goals – Prioritization – Focus – battling internal & external distractions● Motivation – Expected benefits from an activity (reward)
focus, willpower, and motivation● Motivation questionsNow: What are you doing now? Think about the activity that you aredoing at this momentNeeded: What result are you working towards, but currently not on tracktowards?What course of action will move you towards your future happiness –towards your goals and vision of the future?Nuance: Honestly assess how will you feel later about your currentactivity-momentum.Next: Find the very next step… an activity that you can do right now…]. –
brain● Human brains are the most complex. – Four lobes, folds making each brain unique● Composed of billions of neurons, each with thousands of synapses (connections to other neurons). 80 to 120 billion neurons.● We are born with more connections than we need, and lose them as part of becoming who we are● Belief factor – fiction more powerful than fact?● Multi-tasking – fact or fiction?
brain plasticity● Neuroplasticity: re-wiring our brains● Refers to “the ability of the brain and nervous system in all species to change structurally and functionally as a result of input from the environment.” (Wikipedia)● “Plasticity occurs on a variety of levels, ranging from cellular changes involved in learning, to large-scale changes involved in cortical remapping in response to injury.”
meditation● Practicing meditation may lead to changes in the neurological process, creating physiological health benefits – Examples of benefits include: reduction in stress, anxiety, depression, headaches, pain, elevated blood pressure, improved focus, mood.
“limitless”● being limitless in pursuit of all that inspires us● what limits us? – * physical - boundaries, energy, – * logical - laws, society – * emotional - confidence, social pressure - our interpretations●
life planning, blueprinting, setting vision, goals● Parameters for life planning: – A blueprint is a structural design. – A plan is how builders take the blueprint, and over time make it a reality. – Plans change, timelines change, flexibility is always needed.● A vision precedes a blueprint; not as detailed. – You have a vision, it is what got you here. – long-term vision – create one, or use "default". – default = dependent on external influences, training, expectations
Goals● goals - these are milestones.● a goal must have a deadline, or else it is a dream?● Really? Must be someone who likes deadlines.● A goal must have a feeling associated with it, which is perhaps the real goal.● Do you want marriage, or the feelings that it will bring?● the real goal may be happiness - pleasure.
Self-Deception● Understanding how our minds deceive us, and using that constructively – How do we decide, anyway?● We think we know ourselves, especially our preferences, but not always.● Marketers continue to study this area. Why? Because if they know us, it will help them.
Destiny● You are exactly where you are supposed to be.
Next Thoughts● Meta-cognition – thinking about thinking – Why are you acting/thinking this way? – Think it through – what do you really want?● Watch What You Feed Your Brain: – “You will move towards what you think about”● Everyone wants to influence you● Keep learning, growing – Happiness “set point” – Become comfortable with what fits in with your
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