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  • Life in the Aliveness Zone:
    How to feel less stressed and more energized every day

    Are you living into your fullest potential? Or do you fall all too often into the stress, challenges, and busyness of life? Does it feel like you have more to give, and more you can achieve? Do you want to open yourself to the flow of what’s possible?

    This talk offers nuts-and-bolts, research-based ideas to help you feel both more energized and alive and less stressed and depleted.

    When you’re in the Aliveness Zone, you step more fully into your shine and live life as your best self.

    No matter what your current situation – whether you’re consistently in the groove and want ways to turn up the volume on your potential, or you’re feeling ground down and just want to dial down the stress and anxiety – the ideas in this talk can change the way you experience life for the better.

    You should come to this talk if you want to:

    • Step more fully into your best self, opening the door to a fuller expression of your potential and possibilities.
    • Feel more energized and alive.
    • Feel less stressed and depleted
    • Learn a way to navigate the inevitable bumps and bruises of life more gracefully.
    • Make more of a difference with your life.

    You will come away with:

    • An understanding of a powerful framework to simplify your efforts to feel less stressed and more alive.
    • An understanding of how your inner work affects your ability to make an impact.
    • Specific research-based tips for:
      • Navigating stress when your day goes sideways.
      • Feeling more energized.
      • Building a foundation for greater inner peace.
      • Experiencing more of what’s good in your life

    The talk draws from The Aliveness CODE ™, the framework I developed based on my work helping stressed out career change clients explore how to make their here-and-now better while they worked toward change.

    First-Aid for a No-Good, Very Bad Day:
    Research-based hacks to de-stress your day

    Even the best of careers can have no good, very bad days, packed with stress and things that go splat. (And if you don’t happen to have the best of careers, then you probably have even more of your share of those days.)

    This talk looks at several research-based hacks you can apply any time to help you feel more grounded and less stressed and reactive. It combines a focus on foundation-building (so you have a more solid ground to stand on as you face the inevitable stresses of life) and “first-aid”, practices and techniques you can apply to more gracefully navigate the bumps and bruises of those no-good, very bad days.

    Attendees will learn:

    • Techniques to help them dial down the stress as they experience it.
    • Practices to help them build a solid inner foundation so they are less reactive to stressful circumstances.
    • The neuroscience and psychology research behind the techniques and practices.

    Nobody is immune to the challenges of life. The more adept we get at navigating stress as it comes up, the happier and healthier we can be.

    The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Success:
    How embracing imperfection can make you happier, healthier, and more successful

    Is the quest for perfection holding you back? Are you limiting your potential with the desire to look good? Is your fear of flopping keeping you small? Might perfectionism be putting a damper on your happiness?

    To err, as they say, is human. But for all too many of us, the answer to at least some of these questions is a resounding yes. In this talk, you will learn the value of “imperfectionism” and how it can help you feel happier, less stressed, and more successful.

    In this talk, attendees will learn:

    • How the desire to look good holds us back (and what to do about it).
    • Specific tips to help you embrace the life-enhancing power of imperfection.
    • Insights on how authentic imperfection can help us get more out of life.

    Being an imperfectionist isn’t just about letting go of perfectionism. It’s about letting go of the absurd notion that we are anything other than human. It’s about embracing the reality that being human is a messy and imperfect affair, and any attempt to deny that will only impose rigid limitations.

    Being an imperfectionist involves, for example:

    • Letting go of a one-shot approach to perfection and replacing it with an evolutionary approach to ever-better.
    • Turning mistakes and less-than-perfect performance into opportunities for learning.
    • Being authentic and real.
    • Practicing self-compassion.
    • Celebrating the success part of partial success.

    Resisting the inherent imperfection of the human experience is a little like resisting the wetness of water. You can rail against it all you want and insist you should stay dry, but if you end up in the water, you’re still going to get wet. Far better to learn to swim and enjoy it.

    The Inner Peace Learning Lab:
    How life’s irritations and aggravations can make you happier and less stressed

    Let’s face it. Irritations and aggravations, bumps and bruises are an inevitable part of life. They disturb the peace, and it’s natural to want to wish them all away. But what if the very things we wish would disappear can actually be a path to greater inner peace?

    Imagine if that commute you dread could actually help you feel more at peace. What if that annoying co-worker could actually teach you how to feel happier? And wouldn’t it be cool if that interminably slow checkout clerk at the grocery store when you’re in a hurry could actually leave you feeling more peaceful and patient?

    In this talk, we’ll take a look at how to use life’s everyday frictions as a learning laboratory for cultivating a deeper, more sustainable inner sense of peace.

    Attendees will come away with:

    • Insights on how the things we don’t like can be used to improve our lives significantly.
    • Specific ideas for using common aggravations to train your inner peace.
    • Insights on how to use their commute to feel happier and less stressed.

    You will never achieve any lasting sense of peace and well-being if it relies on things being just so in the world around you. Something will always go sideways. By using the problems as the path, you can spend more of your time in a contented, happy state of mind, and less of your time in stressed reactivity.

    Bring Your Heart to Work:
    A research-based look at how engaging the heart can make you happier and less stressed

    Do you consciously bring your heart to work? If you don’t, you’re missing out on a golden opportunity to both be happier and have a positive impact on the people around you.

    When I encourage people to bring their heart to work, at best I get a blank, uncomprehending stare. Perhaps just as commonly, people look at me like I’d just suggested they hold hands with their co-workers and sing Kumbaya.

    But far from fluffy idealism, this talk builds on what the psychology and neuroscience research says about coming from the heart. I spotlight the bottom line benefits and share specific insights and practices you can apply in your own life. Various ways of engaging the heart have been show to help people:

    • Feel happier.
    • Be less stressed.
    • Have greater equanimity and less reactiveness.
    • Have greater resilience.
    • Feel less anxious and depressed.
    • Have less fear of failure.
    • Foster better relationships.
    • Be healthier.
    • Live longer.

    Some of the areas we’ll explore include:

    • Compassion
    • Self-compassion
    • Gratitude
    • Kindness
    • Altruistic action

    Attendees will come away with:

    • A greater understanding of how heart engagement can improve their lives.
    • Specific research-backed ideas for working with heart.
    • A heart-centric “toolkit” of exercises that draw on the power of heart engagement.

    Consciously engaging the heart in your day-to-day life isn’t just about the well-documented benefits we’ll be exploring in this talk. It’s also a way to, as Gandhi is said to have encouraged us, “be the change you want to see in the world.”

    If you want to see a more peaceful, more compassionate, and more connected world, this is where it starts.

    How to be a Ripple Revolutionary:
    How to change the world, one average, energized, ordinary day at a time

    If today were your very last day on earth, how would you feel about the legacy you’re leaving?

    For many people, the answer to that question would less than satisfactory. We all want to make a difference, but life – its commitments, deadlines, and ever-expanding to-do lists – too often put off those efforts until “later, when I have more time.”

    How to be a Ripple Revolutionary looks at a new way of thinking about making a difference, one that taps into the mind-bogglingly huge potential to change the world just by living our everyday lives.

    The world is more desperately in need than ever of a movement of people dedicated to making the world a better place. This talk explores:

    • How you have the potential to be a mobile point of positive impact in your life.
    • Why making a difference makes you feel more energized and alive.
    • The power of doing the inner work of your work in the world.
    • How you’re already leaving a legacy, whether you mean to or not.
    • How we create our “Ripple Legacy” with every choice we make and every action we take as we go through our days.

    Attendees will come away with:

    • A new way of thinking about how we leave our legacies.
    • Specific actionable everyday ideas for making an impact.
    • Inner work exercises they can do to increase their potential for making a difference.
    • A greater feeling of empowerment and seeing their potential impact.

    Now more than ever, the world needs people who feel empowered to have an impact. The Ripple Revolution is combines inner work to help people feel more energized and alive with insights on how their lives can – and already do – make a very real difference.

    10 Ways to Make Your Life More Meaningful:
    How to create a life that feels more meaningful (without running off to join the Peace Corps)

    It’s human nature to desire a sense of meaning in our lives. But how do you do that? In a society focused on the pursuit of yet one more shallow, short-lived happiness fix, how can you consciously, intentionally make your life more meaningful?

    There is no one-size-fits-all answer to that question. This talk takes a look at ten common ways people experience meaning and explores how to weave more of them into the fabric of your life.

    Attendees will come away with:

    • A meaning map outlining ten potential sources of meaning they can draw from.
    • Tips on recognizing already-existing opportunities to experience meaning in their lives.
    • Insights on recognizing and cultivating meaning-building opportunities.
      Questions to help them explore the meaning of meaning for them.

    Meaning doesn’t require chucking it all and going to work in an orphanage in India. You’ll find pockets of opportunity to experience more meaning everywhere you look. But first, you have to be able to recognize those opportunities.