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Heroic with Brian Johnson features the best big ideas from life-changing books and practical tools to help you move from Theory to Practice to Mastery and flourish in Energy, Work, and Love. Get more wisdom in less time so you can activate your best, every day—so that we can change the world, one person at a time, together, starting with you and me and us, today! (Learn more at https://heroic.us)

Heroic with Brian Johnson | Activate Your Best. Every Day‪.‬ Brian Johnson

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Heroic with Brian Johnson features the best big ideas from life-changing books and practical tools to help you move from Theory to Practice to Mastery and flourish in Energy, Work, and Love. Get more wisdom in less time so you can activate your best, every day—so that we can change the world, one person at a time, together, starting with you and me and us, today! (Learn more at https://heroic.us)

    +1: "Consistency Is a Superpower" (#1354)

    +1: "Consistency Is a Superpower" (#1354)

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    Today's Heroic +1 features wisdom from "Discipline is Destiny" by Ryan Holiday. Get more wisdom in less time (including Big Idea highlights of "Discipline is Destiny" and a 1-hour Willpower 101 masterclass) with a Heroic Premium membership.
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    About Heroic:
    Heroic integrates ancient wisdom, modern science, and practical tools into a beautifully-designed app to help activate your best. Premium Heroic members have access to 600+ of the absolute greatest personal development books distilled into 25-min PhilosophersNotes and 50+ hour-long masterclasses on all areas of a flourishing life.
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    #ryanholiday #discipline #dailystoic #wisdom #personaldevelopment #heroic

    • 3 min
    +1: A Cold Shower a Day (#1353)

    +1: A Cold Shower a Day (#1353)

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    Today's Heroic +1 features wisdom from "The Wim Hof Method" by Wim Hof. Get more wisdom in less time (including Big Idea highlights of "The Wim Hof Method" and a 1-hour Optimal Breathing 101 masterclass) with a Heroic Premium membership.
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    About Heroic:
    Heroic integrates ancient wisdom, modern science, and practical tools into a beautifully-designed app to help activate your best. Premium Heroic members have access to 600+ of the absolute greatest personal development books distilled into 25-min PhilosophersNotes and 50+ hour-long masterclasses on all areas of a flourishing life.
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    #wimhofmethod #wimhof #coldexposure #breathing #wisdom #personaldevelopment #heroic

    • 3 min
    +1: Napitate Lately? (#1352)

    +1: Napitate Lately? (#1352)

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    Today's Heroic +1 features wisdom from "Take a Nap! Change Your Life" by Mark Ehrman and Sara Mednick. Get more wisdom in less time (including Big Idea highlights of "Take a Nap! Change Your Life"and a 1-hour Sleep 101 masterclass) with a Heroic Premium membership.
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    About Heroic:
    Heroic integrates ancient wisdom, modern science, and practical tools into a beautifully-designed app to help activate your best. Premium Heroic members have access to 600+ of the absolute greatest personal development books distilled into 25-min PhilosophersNotes and 50+ hour-long masterclasses on all areas of a flourishing life.
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    #sleep #napping #wisdom #personaldevelopment #heroic

    • 4 min
    +1: The Office Is Closed (#1351)

    +1: The Office Is Closed (#1351)

    “Shutdown Complete!” for the Target Swipe Win
     
    Steven Pressfield is one of my all-time favorite writers.
     
    In addition to being a brilliant writer of both fiction and non-fiction, he’s a good human being. You can feel his wisdom and humility and realness with every word he writes.
     
    We’ve featured SIX of his brilliant books on the creative process including: The War of Art, Do the Work, Turning Pro, Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t, The Artist’s Journey and his most recent book: Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be.
     
    Check out all those Notes if you want to learn more about how I approach the creative process. You can also check out Creativity 101 and the collection of Notes on the subject.
     
    As you know if you’re familiar with Pressfield and his style, his books are both inspiring and beautifully pithy. 
     
    btw: I just looked that word up. Yep. His books are the very definition of pithy: “concise and forcefully expressive.” I read his latest book in an hour and fifteen minutes.
     
    Now…
     
    Today I want to connect a Big Idea from his latest book to my #3 Work Target: “Shut-down complete.”
     
    As you know if you’ve been following along, “Shut-down complete!” is a Cal Newport-inspired idea. 
     
    In Deep Work he tells us: “At the end of the workday, shut down your consideration of work issues until the next morning — no after-dinner e-mail check, no mental replays of conversations, and no scheming about how you’ll handle an upcoming challenge; shut down work thinking completely. If you need more time, then extend your workday, but once you shut down, your mind must be left free.”
     
    And, he says: “When you work, work hard. When you’re done, be done.”
     
    To ritualize this process, as he shuts everything down for the night, he says: “Shut-down complete!” 
     
    That’s exactly what I do as I shut down for the day and get my desk in a ready state for the next morning. (Which, btw, is ANOTHER one of my Work Targets: “Desk in Ready State.”)
     
    Pressfield captures the same sentiment in his latest book.
     
    He tells us: “When I finish the day’s work, I turn my mind off. The office is closed. The work has been handed off to the Unconscious, to the Muse. I respect her. I give her the time. If I see family or friends, I never talk about what I’m working on. I politely deflect any queries. But beyond not talking with others, I refuse to talk to myself. I don’t obsess. I don’t worry. I don’t second guess. The office is closed.”
     
    That’s Today’s +1.
     
    When you work, WORK. 
     
    When you’re done with work, BE DONE.
     
    The office is closed.
     
    Turn your brain off as you transition from Work to Love and give yourself the best shot at both enjoying your family AND training your recovery so you can show up with Heroic Energy and do it all again at the highest possible levels tomorrow.
     
    Target swipe: “Shut-down complete!”  
    Target swipe: “Desk in Ready State”  
    Target swipe: “LET’S GOOOOO, HERO!!!”  

    • 3 min
    +1: My #1 WIN (Yours?) (#1350)

    +1: My #1 WIN (Yours?) (#1350)

    If All You Did Today Was This…
     
    In our last couple +1s, we talked about my Top 3 Work targets and then we talked about my #1 Target: “Recommitting to my Sacred Vow.”  
     
    As you may recall, these are my Top 3 Heroic Work Targets:
     
    I. Recommit to Sacred Vow (101 | 1M | 51 2051)
    II. #1 WIN
    III. Shut-down Complete
     
    Which begs the question…
     
    What are YOUR Top 3 Work Targets?
     
    I. ______________________
    II. _____________________
    III. _____________________
     
    Quick check in…
     
    Have you taken a moment or three to reflect on that? 
     
    If not, why not? 
     
    Seriously… 
     
    We’re trying to move from Theory to Practice to Mastery, Hero!! 
     
    Let’s GOOO!!!
     
    Now…
     
    Today I want to chat about my #2 Heroic Work Target.
     
    Right after I reread and recommit to my Sacred Vow and BEFORE I allow ANY inputs into my life (no email, no smartphone, no inputs yet!), I decide what THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is that I’m going to do that day and then… I DO IT. 
     
    And…
     
    As I like to say, if that was all I did that day but I did that EVERY DAY, I’d still be more effective and more productive than I was before I made this a non-negotiable habit. 
     
    Now, of course, if you feel so inspired, we want to combine this AM Work practice with a good “Shut-down complete!” protocol (my #3 Work Target which is the subject of our next +1!) and all the Energy stuff that helps us show up for that WIN feeling ZESTY.
     
    Do that consistently and let’s see if we can astonish yourself (and the world) with both the quantity AND the quality of your creative output.
     
    But…
     
    Don’t just hit that “#1 WIN” Target once during the day.
     
    Discipline yourself to CONSTANTLY focus on WHAT’S IMPORTANT NOW! 
     
    All day. Every day.
     
    ESPECIALLY…
     
    Today.
     
    Target swipe: “#1 WIN!”  
    Target swipe: “#1 WIN!”  
    Target swipe: “#1 WIN!”  

    • 2 min
    +1: Vow Kinda Sorta Committed (#1349)

    +1: Vow Kinda Sorta Committed (#1349)

    The Foundation for Greatness
     
    In our last +1, I shared my Sacred Vow with you.
     
    Then I encouraged YOU to consider creating your own Sacred Vow.
     
    Today I want to continue that discussion.
     
    We’ll invite Daisaku Ikeda to the party. He is the leader of Nichiren Buddhism and one of the most respected Buddhist philosophers alive whose work has inspired millions around the world.
     
    In Buddhism Day by Day he tells us about the importance of making a vow.
     
    Here’s how he puts it: “In any field of endeavor, making a vow is the foundation for achieving something great. If for whatever reason a person gives up halfway or backslides, his or her commitment hasn’t been based on a vow. Halfhearted desire doesn’t amount to a vow.”
     
    Vow.
     
    It means “a solemn promise.”
     
    It’s on the far right side of the spectrum of kinda sorta committed to ABSOLUTELY ALL IN (!) committed. 
     
     
      (Kinda sorta)                                                                 (VOW = ALL IN) 
     
    A vow.
     
    A solemn promise to ourselves that we will give everything we have for however long it takes to the altruistic goal we have determined is worthy of us—whether that’s actualizing our potential, raising healthy and happy kids, giving our gifts to the world or all of the above.
     
    Let’s do a quick inventory. 
     
    What’s most important to you in your life? 
     
    Your actualization? Your family? Your creative expression? 
     
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    What’s your ideal outcome in those scenarios? And, how committed are you to achieving something great in each of those domains? 
     
    Kinda sorta? 
     
    Or have you made a solemn promise to yourself to achieve your desired outcome?
     
    We’ll know by how you respond to challenges.
     
    Here’s how Alex Lickerman puts it in The Undefeated Mind: “And when our response to failure is to summon an even greater determination to succeed, vowing to get back up after being knocked down not just once but again and again each day and with every obstacle that rises up to challenge us—attacking them, as Nichiren Daishonin wrote, like a ‘lion king who unleashes the same power whether he traps a tiny ant or attacks a fierce animal’—then we’ll have found a treasure even more valuable than any apparently foolproof plan to reach our goal: the determination necessary to seek a better one when it fails. For in demonstrating to ourselves that we can always summon more of it, our determination becomes to us like a good friend, its steady presence and our faith in its power imbuing us with confidence that no matter how many times we’ve failed, no matter how much we want to quit, victory can still be ours.
     
    ‘When your determination changes,’ Daisaku Ikeda, the third president of the Soka Gakki, writes, ‘everything will begin to move in the direction you desire. The moment you resolve to be victorious, every nerve and fiber in your being will immediately orient itself toward your success. On the other hand, if you think, ‘This is never going to work out,’ then at that instant every cell in your being will be deflated and give up the fight. Then everything really will move in the direction of failure.’”
     
    I repeat…
     
    When your determination changes, everything changes.
     
    Let’s resolve to be victorious and use every challenge as fuel to our growth. 
     
    #makethevow
     
    P.S. Remember, as Daisaku Ikeda tells us: “Make goals. Whether big or small, work toward realizing them. You must be serious about and dedicated to your goals—you’ll get nowhere if you just treat them like jokes. An earnest, dedicated spirit shines like a diamond and moves people’s hearts. That is because a brilliant flame burns within.”
     
    Plus: “When you devote yourself to achieving your goal, you will not be bothered by shallow criticism. Nothing important can be acco

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304 Ratings

lizjaku ,

It’s all I listen to! I just love the WISDOM!

I deleted all my social media accounts and now this is all I’m focused on. So much wisdom, so much growth! Thank you Brian!

NorCal Hippie Zen Ben ,

Optimal Living: More Wisdom in Less Time

I’m a paid monthly OL subscriber and I listen to the the nutrient-rich short daily lessons every morning as I get ready for the day. Brian Johnson is making a better man out of me.

Gyggjggn ,

Thank you (especially for the philosophers notes)

Hi my name is Kreston Woods.

I’m still trying to figure out how to get on my feet in the coaching/fitness training buisness and you have found a way for me to read all the essential books and get the key concepts from them in much less time and more refined way. I will eventually go back and read each of them when I can afford to buy them all. But the philosophers notes truly are my new favorite listens. Keep them coming. I love to learn how to be my most optimal self

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