Saturday Share: Getting Stuck in the Negative (and how to get Unstuck)

Every Saturday I would like to share with you a video I find inspirational. There are so many amazing, enriching resources out there. Hopefully these videos will bring you joy and inspiration!

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get upset and stay upset about something that goes wrong, but yet you quickly loose the positive high you get when something goes right? Why is that. Alison Ledgerwood decided to find out and shares her findings in this TedTalk. The takeaway is that it IS harder for us to shift from bad to good. We have to actually work harder to see the upside of things. But Alison provides some great ideas on how to train your mind to look for the good instead of the bad and make that transition easier. This is one of the major reasons I try to stay positive on the blog. Negativity begets negativity. So let’s all be positive!

What do you think? How full is that glass to you?

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Saturday Share: The Most Important Lesson Learned from 83,000 Brain Scans

Every Saturday I would like to share with you a video I find inspirational. There are so many amazing, enriching resources out there. Hopefully these videos will bring you joy and inspiration!

This week’s video is a little bit different. Normally I feature videos which inspire us to take action in our own lives. Today’s video is more ‘food for thought’. It’s amazing how many people want to keep things as they are and don’t like the idea of merging science with more behavioral fields. Dr. Daniel Amen explains why it is so important to merge technology with practice and to keep an open mind about what is possible. I don’t know more about this research than what is in this video but the idea of it is fascinating. We know so very little about how the brain works. If there is an ability to change the brain in times of trauma or problems I think we should definitely be researching it. Given the number of brain issues that arise in today’s society I think this research is important and possibly vital to our health in the future.

What do you think? Had you heard anything about brain scans and reversing brain problems before now? Any thoughts?

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Saturday Share: Programming Your Mind for Success

Every Saturday I would like to share with you a video I find inspirational. There are so many amazing, enriching resources out there. Hopefully these videos will bring you joy and inspiration!

Is your mind holding you back? Do you have big awesome ideas that you shut down for any number of reasons? Carrie Green was a successful entrepreneur who was absolutely miserable. It took her a while to realize that she was doing it to herself. She was making herself miserable through negative self talk and focusing on her problems. Her mind was holding her back. Once she decided to stop allowing her mind to hold her back she blossomed. By being mindful of her thoughts she was able to stop the negative self talk and instead visualize her dreams so clearly that it became essential to make them happen. While some might find this talk idealistic since she doesn’t go into any specific details about how she made her dreams come true, we can learn from her overall message. Often the only one holding us back from achieving the crazy big things we aspire to, is ourselves.

What do you think? Do you struggle with negative thoughts and self-talk? Can you see value in programming your mind for success by visualizing what you want to achieve?

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Saturday Share: The Psychology of Self-Motivation

Every Saturday I would like to share with you a video I find inspirational. There are so many amazing, enriching resources out there. Hopefully these videos will bring you joy and inspiration!

Have you ever tried to self-motivate yourself or wondered why you are not already self-motivated? Are you in a job or a role where you are trying to empower others to be self-motivated? In this talk Scott Geller explains how to tell if someone is self-motivated and how to encourage it. He explains that someone is self-motivated or empowered if they answer the following three questions with ‘Yeses’. Can you do it? Will it work? Is it worth it? Listen to find out the 4 ‘C’ words Geller thinks are critical to empowering others. Personally I can use those 3 questions to figure out where my self-motivation is lacking and decide what to do about it. It’s helped in motivating me in my morning writing so I think it’s a success!

What do you think? Can you use this method/theory to motivate yourself? What about others?

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Saturday Share: What Makes a Good Life?

Every Saturday I would like to share with you a video I find inspirational. There are so many amazing, enriching resources out there. Hopefully these videos will bring you joy and inspiration!

Many people when asked what they want in life, or what would make their life successful, would assert that money would be the number one factor to a happy life. Many might claim fame, or business success. But how many would decide that the number one factor to a happy life would be relationships? That’s exactly what Robert Waldinger teaches in this TedTalk based on a 75 year study of men’s lives. I find this talk fascinating and totally relate-able. Robert explains that our relationships and the quality of those relationships not only make us happy but make our minds and bodies healthier. Loneliness is a killer. This study aligns completely with the life that Steve and I are trying to live. One in which we have the time to maintain and grow important relationships with others and our marriage. It might mean less stuff but if it means a happier longer healthier life….I’m all for it.

What do you think? Would you agree with his assessment?

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Saturday Share: How to Stay Calm When You Know You’ll be Stressed

Every Saturday I would like to share with you a video I find inspirational. There are so many amazing, enriching resources out there. Hopefully these videos will bring you joy and inspiration!

When I get stressed, like many people, I go on automatic pilot. I stop asking for help and start doing as quickly as I can what I think needs to be done. Unfortunately what I think needs to be done is often wrong, or at least the situation could be helped by clearer more rational thinking. As I discussed in a previous post, Steve even has a reminder word for when I’m starting to freak out to help me come back to reality and hopefully think things through. In this talk Daniel Levitin talks about the things we can do and think about BEFORE the stressful situation. Pre-planning at it’s best. I know this won’t always work because we won’t always know that a stressful situation is coming, but when we do why not? Why not think rationally while we can? We already do a little of this with assigned places for important things, so we always know where they are. But there is a lot more we could plan ahead for, especially for when we hit the road next year. What steps should we take if we have truck trouble? What about something wrong in the Airstream? Family health emergency? Having a basic plan for these stressful situations will be a great guide if/when they should occur. I also love the example of the statin drug. I’m going to use those numbers, the next time I’m proscribed anything. Anyway enjoy the video!

What do you think? What kind of things can you plan ahead for? What premortems can you do?

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Saturday Share: Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling

Every Saturday I would like to share with you a video I find inspirational. There are so many amazing, enriching resources out there. Hopefully these videos will bring you joy and inspiration!

I always thought I was a specialist. Or maybe I always thought I should be. I decided in third grade to be an astronaut and I devoted myself towards that dream (or what that dream became) really up until a few years ago. Meanwhile while I enjoyed the math, and the science, and the learning, I felt bad that my hobbies had nothing to do with any of that. I wanted to read literature. Study religions. Delve into psychology and the human brain. Knit! Meditate! Explore the country and the world. I graduated a mechanical engineer and cannot tell you almost anything about cars (including makes or engines) and then got my masters in aerospace/aeronautical engineering and I can’t pick out one plane from another. In the last few years my interest in my work has started to fade as well. I’ve started to get bored. I used to enjoy work most days but now I need a challenge for me to become absorbed and lose track of time. Meanwhile get me reading on my hobbies and the time flies by. Perhaps I am a multipotentialite. It would make sense.  My next question perhaps should be what’s next 🙂

What do you think? Are you a specialist or a multipotentialite?

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Saturday Share: Draw Your Future – Take Control of Your Life

Every Saturday I would like to share with you a video I find inspirational. There are so many amazing, enriching resources out there. Hopefully these videos will bring you joy and inspiration!

I’ve come to realize more and more how important our Why and our vision of the future is to making change happen in our lives. Change is hard. No doubt about it. Our comfort zones are super duper comfortable. So how do we get ourselves to make changes? The biggest catalyst for continuing change in our lives is our Why. This video is perfect for someone who needs a more visual representation of their Why. The brain remembers pictures better and finds them more motivating than words, so I get where she is coming from. My mother recently started an art journal where she is journaling her hopes and dreams and she’s started making changes because of it. So I’ve seen this work for someone artistically inclined. I’m tempted to try drawing out our goals and dreams next time I’m in her studio (don’t have many art supplies in the Airstream) though I am awful at drawing. Might be fun! I hope you enjoy the video.

What do you think? Could drawing out your ideal future help you set and keep goals today? Going to give it a shot?

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Saturday Share: Hold Onto Your Inner Child

Every Saturday I would like to share with you a video I find inspirational. There are so many amazing, enriching resources out there. Hopefully these videos will bring you joy and inspiration!

In keeping with Monday’s article about staying childlike in adulthood, I want to share with you this weekend’s Saturday Share about holding on to your inner child. Jacqueline Emerson brings up a number of good points about how keeping your inner child alive and well leads to creativity and outside of the box thinking. I am prone to judge and, being an engineer, I like having things fit into boxes that I can understand. I’ve come to realize that I’m often shorting myself and other people by categorizing so quickly.

I’m going to try and stay childlike, especially when it comes to judging. What about you? Do you see a benefit in holding on to your inner child? Does it seem worthwhile or even possible in our adult world?

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Saturday Share: Science for the Masses

Every Saturday I would like to share with you a video I find inspirational. There are so many amazing, enriching resources out there. Hopefully these videos will bring you joy and inspiration!

Fair warning. This Saturday Share is a bit different. It’s not a TED Talk. It’s in fact comedy. Steve and I love John Oliver because he makes us laugh but does it while taking on tough issues. A couple of weeks ago he talked about our love and fascination with scientific studies and how unbelievably misleading it can all be. As someone who has suffered from food allergies and migraines, I know how contradicting studies and whole books can be on “scientific topics”. As John Oliver points out the right way to handle all this contradicting data is NOT to just choose the study that sounds best or affirms our beliefs. It is NOT to throw our hands up and say “well no one knows how to cure cancer so why do anything at all”. The right answer is to understand the science and fund better studies on these hard issues. Or not if you are more of a Todd Talk person 😉 Hope you get a chuckle!

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