184 episodes

Hosted by Dr. Kevin Majeres and Sharif Younes, co-founders of OptimalWork, The OptimalWork Podcast will help you learn to challenge yourself in each hour of work according to your highest ideals. We discuss all aspects of Dr. Majeres's approach to work, which he developed in his private practice and teaches at Harvard Medical School, and show how it applies to everyday situations like professional work, study, sleep, and relationships.

For personalized plans to help you put the ideas into practice, visit www.OptimalWork.com.

Please send questions for discussion to team@optimalwork.com.

The OptimalWork Podcast OptimalWork

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 278 Ratings

Hosted by Dr. Kevin Majeres and Sharif Younes, co-founders of OptimalWork, The OptimalWork Podcast will help you learn to challenge yourself in each hour of work according to your highest ideals. We discuss all aspects of Dr. Majeres's approach to work, which he developed in his private practice and teaches at Harvard Medical School, and show how it applies to everyday situations like professional work, study, sleep, and relationships.

For personalized plans to help you put the ideas into practice, visit www.OptimalWork.com.

Please send questions for discussion to team@optimalwork.com.

    [Rebroadcast] How to Process Negative Feedback

    [Rebroadcast] How to Process Negative Feedback

    Negative feedback is a part of life. It’s also essential in helping us identify our biggest opportunities for growth. In this episode, we discuss how to give and receive negative feedback and the role it plays in the social dimension of growth.



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    • 31 min
    183. Overcoming Anxiety III: Incorporating Ideals

    183. Overcoming Anxiety III: Incorporating Ideals

    #183: Overcoming anxiety occurs in three successive stages. In the third and final installment of a three episode series, we discuss stage three: using adrenaline to achieve maximal growth. Stage one, bronze-work, centers on challenging yourself by engaging triggers head-on, and it has the effect of habituating the fear associated with that particular trigger. Stage two, silver-work, centers on being mindful of the alarm as it’s sounding, and it helps you accept the discomfort associated with triggers in general. Finally, stage three, gold-work, helps you focus on transcendent goals — skills, ideals, and bonds — so that the adrenaline you have brings out your best.



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    • 29 min
    182. Overcoming Anxiety II: Develop Daring

    182. Overcoming Anxiety II: Develop Daring

    #182: Overcoming anxiety occurs in three successive stages. In the second installment of a three episode series, we discuss stage two: using mindfulness to experience the alarm of anxiety. When you focus on the alarm of anxiety, rather than the trigger only, the learning generalizes to all triggers. It also flips the feeling of fear into one of daring, an eagerness to approach the trigger. This sets the stage for you to use your anxiety and adrenaline to achieve peak performance, which is the topic of next week’s episode.



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    • 30 min
    181. Overcoming Anxiety I: Feel the Fear

    181. Overcoming Anxiety I: Feel the Fear

    #181: Overcoming anxiety occurs in three successive stages. In this first installment of a three episode series, we discuss stage one: confronting the trigger of anxiety head-on, embracing the fear. Over time, the trigger will habituate; as you challenge yourself, the fear you experience will gradually diminish. You can then develop a sense of daring, which is the beginning of the second stage, the topic of next week’s episode.



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    • 32 min
    180. How to Discipline Your Children While Deepening Your Bond with Them

    180. How to Discipline Your Children While Deepening Your Bond with Them

    #180: When a child does something wrong, your first instinct may be justice: to punish them. In this episode, we discuss “No-Drama Discipline,” by Daniel Siegal and Tina Bryson, exploring how to discipline children in a way that builds your bond with them and promotes their moral development. By connecting with your child, helping him or her gain insight into what went wrong, and look for ways to repair and reintegrate, discipline becomes a way of actually deepening your bond with them, rather than a source of friction.



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    • 28 min
    179. Unleash the Power of Dynorphins

    179. Unleash the Power of Dynorphins

    #179: Difficult situations can feel intolerable. That intolerable feeling is produced by dynorphins and it makes us want to give up and abandon the difficulty we’re facing, whether it’s exercise, a difficult task, time in the sauna, or some small annoyance. But the more we embrace the dynorphin effect — the intolerable feeling — the more we develop a kind of inner strength. And, paradoxically, we end up unleashing a subsequent wave of endorphins, which cause feelings of wellbeing and improved mood. In this episode, we discuss how to harness this effect to grow in ideals and form deeper bonds.



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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
278 Ratings

278 Ratings

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Lifechanging

I’ve been listening since mid-July, when I had some pretty epic professional and family life events. This podcast has been transformational for my life, not only professionally but also personally. I can’t say I’ve implemented all the advice - I can’t even remember it all at this point! - but I get a nudge from every episode that tweaks my preconceived notions of reality, especially when it comes to neuroscience, psychology, and counseling. Don’t be afraid, though, this isn’t a technically dense conversation. These gentlemen are looking at real-life situations with what I perceive to be a very fresh take.

My one misgiving is the applicability of this advice to people in certain life situations: people with very young children (will be frustrated by the episodes on sleep), stay-at-home-parents and homeschooling families might struggle to find some of the counseling wholly applicable, but that could be a veiled challenge waiting to be discovered by what is certainly a very small portion of the population (even if I belong to this population).

I look forward to a holy life with a growth-mindset!

Pakatak ,

Excellent

Not sure how this isn’t on the front page of the WSJ. Dr Kevin knows what he is talking about and the approach actually works

Sam_Fowles ,

Wisdom for life change

Dr Majeres has crafted a substantive philosophy that really does have the power to change your life. Thank you for your work!

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