Positive Mindset in an Age of Distraction
The average person receives 147 emails, checks their cell phone 150 times, and makes 295 decisions. A day! And all this decision-making energy we’re spending is a particularly finite resource. When it’s gone, it’s gone, and we don’t know it’s gone. Our brains send signals that we need sleep or glucose to replenish our energy but that parking lot nap or cherry danish only gets us so far. Our busyness is getting in the way of our happiness. Who has time for exercise, meditation, or journaling when we’re surrounded by endless dings and pings? In this resource-rich keynote, Neil shares groundbreaking research on how we can re-energize our brains through simple tools. He shows how to prioritize decisions on a 2×2 of Time versus Importance and develop systems to automate, regulate, and effectuate our low time, low importance decisions to create space in our brains… and our lives.
Happiness is a Choice
We think it goes like this: Great Work →Big Success→ Be Happy. Study really hard, get straight A’s, become a doctor. Or work really hard, score a promotion, and then be happy. We grow up with that model. We tell our kids that model. But that model is scientifically backwards. We need to instead choose happiness first, and then we’ll do great work, and then big success follows. The model actually goes like this: Be Happy → Great Work → Big Success.Why? Happier people have 31% greater productivity, 37% higher sales, and three times the creativity of their peers. Not to mention they live an average of ten years longer. But how do we get there? Neil shares the research underpinning #1 International Bestseller The Happiness Equation to answer three big questions about happiness: How much can we control? What results can we expect? What tools can we use? In this funny, fast-paced, and interactive speech Neil opens with motivation but ends with application … as we all discover how to lead happier lives.
Fighting Fears Using Newton, Nike and Neuroscience
We all have fears. The job you want to work, the marathon you want to run, the book you want to write. What’s stopping us from reaching our goals? We are. We believe capabilities lead to motivation which lead to action. But what if that’s not how it works? In this vulnerable and fleet-footed talk crossing cultures and industries Neil shows how we let fears shape and direct our lives and then shares models to shift our brains into action. Using sources as diverse as Newton’s Laws of Motion, Seinfeld’s stand-up comedy, and Nike’s marketing campaigns, he shows why we all believe motivation leads to action and how instead … action leads to motivation and inspiration.
What Is Happiness?
When you type “How to be” into Google, the first drop-down is “happy”… followed by “rich”, “pretty”, and “real estate agent.” Yes, we want happiness more than anything else. (Even more than looking good while selling condos, apparently.) And look around. We have created a multi-billion dollar monster of an industry searching for it. Despite over 100,000 books on happiness, endless daytime talk shows, and ubiquitous clickbait promising three tricks to turn your frown around, we simply haven’t got there yet. According to the longest longitudinal study ever done on happiness… we haven’t moved societal well-being in over fifty years. Despite massive spikes in wealth, safety, mobility, and technology… happiness has flatlined. From Ancient Rome to the Declaration of Independence to Gross Happiness Indexes around the world, happiness has been our epic quest. Aristotle called happiness “the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” In this fast-paced straight talk leveraging the latest positive psychology, neuroscience research, and Fortune 100 case studies, Neil cuts through the clutter to finally define, demystify, and re-empower that most nebulous term of all so we can finally take steps to achieving it.