How you (really) function </li></ul><li>Improve yourself – once you know yourself: </li><ul><li>Map out how to get to where you want to be </li></ul><li>Enjoy your life </li><ul><li>Create “flow” in your activities
Happiness – recognize, allow, expand it </li></ul></ul>
How Do We Change, Improve? <ul><li>Just identifying a problem is half solved.
Identifying your own challenges gets you past denial and blockage.
Sometimes you need to act without believing. </li></ul>
mind-body connection <ul><li>Somewhat obvious, sometimes not
Vision example: </li><ul><li>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
What you eat = who you are able to be (brain performance) </li></ul></ul>
enjoy "flow" in life's activities <ul><li>Flow – a positive mental state of operation … </li><ul><li>“... 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) </li></ul><li>Enjoyment without trying: </li><ul><li>“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 one's emotions” </li></ul></ul>
focus, willpower, and motivation <ul><li>Focus – situations: </li><ul><li>Learning
Focus – battling internal & external distractions </li></ul><li>Motivation </li><ul><li>Expected benefits from an activity (reward) </li></ul></ul>
focus, willpower, and motivation <ul><li>Motivation questions </li></ul>Now : What are you doing now? Think about the activity that you are doing at this moment Needed : What result are you working towards, but currently not on track towards? 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 current activity-momentum. Next : Find the very next step… an activity that you can do right now…] .
brain <ul><li>Human brains are the most complex. </li><ul><li>Four lobes, folds making each brain unique </li></ul><li>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?
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.” </li></ul>
meditation <ul><li>Practicing meditation may lead to changes in the neurological process, creating physiological health benefits </li><ul><li>Examples of benefits include: reduction in stress, anxiety, depression, headaches, pain, elevated blood pressure, improved focus, mood. </li></ul></ul>
“limitless” <ul><li>being limitless in pursuit of all that inspires us
what limits us? </li><ul><li>* physical - boundaries, energy,
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. </li></ul>
Self-Deception <ul><li>Understanding how our minds deceive us, and using that constructively </li><ul><li>How do we decide, anyway? </li></ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Destiny <ul><li>You are exactly where you are supposed to be. </li></ul>
Next Thoughts <ul><li>Meta-cognition – thinking about thinking </li><ul><li>Why are you acting/thinking this way?
Think it through – what do you really want? </li></ul><li>Watch What You Feed Your Brain: </li><ul><li>“You will move towards what you think about” </li></ul><li>Everyone wants to influence you