Dr Alan Watkins; Being Brilliant Every Single Day (Video)

Ted speakers are specialists in their field and talk about their specific topic. Topics range from psychology, nutrition, science, leadership, etc. Executive coach and neuroscientist, Dr. Watkins, talks about how to perform at your best every single day by training consistent breathing. Watkins brakes down how to understand your consistent performance: to change performance you have to change behavior, which influences your thinking, which is dependent on your feelings, which is a reaction from emotions, and emotions come from your physiology. So you have to become aware and control your physiology which is possible when controlling your heartbeat and thus your breath.

The Science of Breathing: How Slowing It Down Can Make Us Calm and Productive (Article)

Forbes Media is a global media, branding and technology company, with a focus on news and information about business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles. In this article, contributor Seth Porges simplifies the explanation of how our autonomic nervous system works, it’s ties to stress and anxiety, and how breathing can be used as a solution to get rid of those unpleasant feelings. When stressed and anxious the sympathetic nervous system (the fight or flight part of our nervous system) reacts causing body reactions such as shortage of breath and tensing of your muscles.  Porges writes that slow, consistent, and deep breathing can slow down all bodily functions leaving you in a calmer and more controlled state. Dr. Gerbarg suggests coherent breathing as a daily practice, such as slow and long breaths of about 10 to 12 seconds, can significantly improve your ability to deal with feelings such as stress, depression, and anxiety.

Leo Messi and Larry Ellison Have More In Common Than You Think (Article)

The European Business Review is the leading business intelligence magazine provides readers with indispensable insight, current best practices and breakthrough ideas. This article discusses the Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and how Leo Messi (Barcelona striker) and Larry Ellison (CEO Oracle) both use it though one is for sport and the other for business. Explains HRV’s physical and emotional advantages. Heart Rate Variability is used for recovery, energy efficiency, program/work tailoring, and stress management. 

Josh Waitzkin and Adam Robinson (Video)

The Alan Howard Foundation features conversations, talks and entertainment delivered by leaders and experts in their respective fields who can provide a unique insight into their chosen topics. This video is of chess champion and master of martial arts Josh Waitzkin, he talks about how to excel your growth curve. Later in the interview expert Performance psychologist Dr. Leag Lagos who talks about the benefits of Heart Rate Variability (HRV). Some of the topics Waitzkin discusses in his interview is the ability to unlearn and then learn, how to get and stay in the flow, thematic interconnectedness (world is connected through principles and themes), using heart rate variability for maximum performance, and pushing boundaries to reach new limits. A theory discussed in this video is the incremental theory of intelligence (versus fixed intelligence): habit creation, feedback loop, deliberate practice based on observing.