Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa

Becoming Fluent in Optimize

“They say you can’t really claim fluency in a foreign language until you’ve dreamed in the language- in other words, until it’s lodged in your subconscious.

The metaphor works for Foundation Training as well…doing it right without thinking about it- unconsciously if not subconsciously.” ~ Eric Goodman from True to Form
I love the metaphor that optimizing is like becoming fluent in a new language- that point where you no longer need to “translate” what’s being said- you just get it.
Eric tells us that it takes a LOT of diligent, patient, persistent mindfulness to re-train ourselves…that it’s NOT about intensity per se, it’s about CONSISTENCY.
(Note from Michele Risa: this is what I experience, too.)MR&Light
Take advantage of tiny little opportunities through our days to engage in our new (behaviors)- THAT’s where it’s at.
Little by little, we re-train every aspect of ourselves. Fully immersed in our new OPTIMIZE language, translating and translating- embracing the discomfort of learning the new “language” until (OVER.THE.LONG.RUN.) one day we’re dreaming in our new language- and what used to require conscious effort now runs on autopilot.
THAT’s what we’re after.  Consistency over intensity.
We need to let go of the idea that HOW HARD we do something in any one moment is the most critical factor, and instead realize it’s all about how CONSISTENTLY we show up, day in and day out, week in and week out, month in and month out.
Diligent.  Patient.  Persistent.
Remembering that incremental optimization aggregated and compounded over time=
OPTIMIZE fluency + the joy of ACTUALIZING our greatest potential
 ~ Brian Johnson The Optimizer​​​​​​​

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