Dopamine Makes You Get Things Done!

Dopamine Makes You Get Things Done!

So dopamine is really the hormone that makes you get things done.

It turns on all the learning centers of your brain. That's the primary one that people say makes you happy, but there are other hormones that are actors in there. There’s one thing that I’ll warn you about dopamine, it is very addictive.  You know when people do cocaine and things like that, they get an initial high from dopamine when they do the cocaine the first time, but why do people get addicted? Because they want to try it again and again and again. 

When you artificially create these hormones to go on, you never get the same high. So they're chasing that initial high that they never get, but when you do it naturally, you can get it again and again, but it’s addictive just like the cocaine. 

So when I tell that, I’ll tell you some of the things that drive that. When you look at things like your cell phone.

How many people take their cell phone to the bed with them? Almost the entire room, right?

Some other things that do it, we talked about cocaine, cigarettes, alcohol, gambling can stimulate it.  

The reason that we have dopamine though, it's about getting things done. It's really about us moving towards a goal.  Dopamine is something that you can get by yourself and it's really interesting, it’s very visual how dopamine works. 

Dr. King was a real one who understood the value of people really seeing things. Now he didn’t have a PowerPoint presentation when he did the, not “I Have a Plan” speech, but “I Have a Dream” speech. He said I can envision little black slave children sitting next to little white children.  You can visualize, that. You don't need a PowerPoint, but you can visualize it. Stimulating dopamine, making people want to move towards that same goal that he has. 

Why was it developed for us anthropologically?

If you look back fifty thousand years ago when we were living as tribes, it was about getting us to eat. So somebody said eating is a good habit, well, we need to eat to nourish ourselves and stay alive. So we would see an apple tree and a little dopamine would be secreted. As we got closer to the apple tree, more and more, and when we eat the apple, the most dopamine is secreted, so we want to continue to eat. So that’s what dopamine is about.

Mirror Neurons: Human See, Human Do

Mirror Neurons: Human See, Human Do


They had monkeys wired up to their brains to see the activity that was going on in their brains and they had one monkey that was eating a banana and the other monkey was watching the monkey eating a banana.

So the monkey that eats the banana, certain areas of his brain light up, and they’re like, OK. What they didn’t expect is the monkey who was watching also lit up in the same way.

So they go, ‘maybe we got the wires messed up,’ so they go back and checked the wires and no, the wires are OK. So what they learned is that monkeys have mirror neurons.  What happens is, as the monkey was watching the monkey eat the banana, the same areas of his brain lit up.  So we learned that it's not only for monkeys, it’s any pack animals and it’s part of being in groups in order to survive.

So it’s monkey see, monkey do, but it’s also human see, human do.

What happens when you see someone yawn? Right, you yawn too.

Anybody old enough to see Joe Theismann's injury? What happened when you saw it? Ewwww. We all cringe, it’s immediate, yes. Nobody was there, but it was as if you experienced it yourself. As humans we are wirelessly connected to each other and there's a ripple effect that goes on when people are that way.

Now I will share with you another study that was done, it's definitely something with repeatable, but I would highly recommend those of you flying out tomorrow that you don’t do it at the gate at which you’re flying. People, again, are wirelessly connected.

So if you get to your gate and you start pacing around and doing this action, fidgeting, anxious. People around you will start doing it too. Even just like, you look at your watch, right? Nobody cares what time it is until you look at your watch. They they’re like, oh, what time is it? I’m thirsty, let’s take a drink. People respond very quickly.

Now I’d recommend that you don’t do this at your gate because absolutely you’re going to stress out the flyers on your flight. So go to another gate and try this out. The reason being is because our brains are wirelessly connected to each other. People pick up on each other’s vibes much quicker than even second hand smoke has an impact.  

So then you might say, oh Giselle, then I guess I have to avoid all the negative people, right? No, no, we don’t have to avoid all the negative people, we can understand where they are. The bottom line is that we learn skills to buffer our brain against it.

My Smile Productions, really bringing in gratitude into your life as a habit, not just something that you do, first thing in the morning, but before you do anything. Any place you want 30% more advantage of your brain, that's where it might be a good place to fit it in.

What are Some Good Habits?

What are Some Good Habits? 

So once it becomes a habit, it becomes routine. Now brushing our teeth is one good habit, what are some other good habits that we have? 

Eating properly. 
Making time for R&R. 
Nourishing your mind, body, and soul. 
Prayer and meditation. 
Positive thinking. 
Attitude of gratitude. 
Goal setting. 
Getting some rest. 

Yes, Awesome!

What About The Negative People? Start with Gratitude

What About The Negative People? Start with Gratitude

So you can reprogram any person.  Well, truly they reprogram themselves, right? So us sharing our My Smile Productions, we actually benefitted from hearing other people's My Smile Productions as well. Because whether we experience or we see something positive happen like that, we also get our hormones turned on like that. 

What happens is your brain cannot be in two places at once.  

By starting in a place of gratitude, My Smile Productions, you cannot be in negativity, fear, anguish. Those two things can’t happen. People talk about multitasking, there's no such thing. What happens is, your brain jumps from one thing, to the next, to the next. It's not true multitasking.  So by getting focused on things that are positive it puts your brain to set you up for success.  When you make it a habit and what habits do is they really help for us to minimize the resource that's needed. 

When we do something everyday, it automatically becomes part of our routine, it's not a new thing. 


If you think about, does anyone drive a stick shift? We've got about a quarter of the room that does. In the beginning, it’s like, first you’ve got to take your foot off the gas, you’ve got to push in the clutch, you’ve got to move the stick shift, and now it’s just like you’re just driving, it’s easy. 
So once it becomes a habit, it becomes routine. 

Now brushing our teeth is one good habit. What are some other good habits that we have?

Change Your Lens: Change Your Reality

Change Your Lens: Change Your Reality

The tool is that Success Leaves Clues.

The things that I share with you today, I promise you probably not anything that you've never heard before, but we as adult learners oftentimes need reminders and I want to make sure that we get the reminders of the right things.  

So how does the exposure really affect how your brain works? If you watch the news, is the news typically negative or positive?

Absolutely negative, so you then you think negative things are happening and you think it’s at a disproportionate rate. As a matter of fact, I’ve heard that 50% of the news is not even accurate. I got rid of TV 8 years ago; haven't missed it for a minute!

It's really interesting, but you see it in multiple places. Before I started my own business, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry and there's a thing called Medical School Syndrome. I worked with the academic people and basically these are people that were becoming physicians. So the first year of medical school they study symptoms of things and what this Medical School Syndrome is, is whatever you're studying, you seem to have.

Now, I was in Southern California, so you can imagine leprosy is not a big thing, but sure enough the medical students had it. But I knew they really had it when our male students were having menopausal symptoms.

So whatever lens you're looking through determines what your reality is, not reality, but the lens we’re looking through. So if you change your lens, you can change your reality. What’s really amazing, is just like you learned in that Ken Blanchard exercise, in a moment, in an instant, you can change the lens that you're looking through and change the way you behave.

So what does this mean to you?

If you aren't getting the results that you want, in an instant you can change it and change the direction that you're going.

Positive Outliers: Success Leaves Clues

What is this about really breaking the cult of the average?

It's about these top performers.

They have up and downs, but because they are the positive outliers, their up-and-downs are at a very high place. That's what we want to really learn is how do we take the benefits of positive psychology and move this average up.

When we're not focusing on hitting average, we do better. So what we want to do is move that average up and say “what are these positive outliers doing? What is the potential? Positive psychology has simply said, “it’s what is the potential of the human.”

SCORE spends all of their emphasis on working on our potential and many of us have shared how that’s happened.

The tool is that Success Leaves Clues.

The things that that I share with you today, I promise you, they’re probably not anything you’ve never heard before, but we as adult learners, oftentimes need reminders.

Top Performers Realize That Mindset Drives Results

Top Performers realize that mindsets drive results. I’m going to say it one more time. Mindsets Drive Results. Can you say it with me? Mindsets Drive Results. Ok, so let’s talk about happiness now that we’ve got everybody happy, how happiness fuels your optimism and how happiness also fuels success. It’s really amazing and it’s also founded in biology.

So the question is, “How Do We Define Happiness?”

How we’re going to talk about it today is happiness is the joy that you are feeling on the way  to your potential. The joy that you're feeling on the way to your potential.

So what does happiness do? It turns on all the learning centers of the brain. Our body is biologically designed with an incentive system.

Right? At work if you want your salespeople to do good then what do you do with them? You reward them! You give them a bonus, you take them out, you do things.

Our body has a built in bonus system that they do through hormones to get us to do actions. And that's what happiness helps to trigger, so we’re going to talk about that in a little bit greater detail.

So why does happiness matter? Happiness has a positive impact on really the three things that I promised you that you would increase - productivity, performance, and intelligence - it has an impact on it. We're going to talk about some of the research that supports that.

Flying Lesson: Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

Flying Lesson: Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

Over the last three years, I've flown about 300,000 miles, so needless to say I've learned some lessons along the road. Well, in October of 2014, a disgruntled employee at the FAA decided to light the building on fire, which also happened to shut down O'Hare airport. So I get an emergent email from American Airlines saying “get to the airport we're going to try to get you home today, but there's some problems.” So I get to the airport and it's just amazing the behavior of people when something is stressful like this. 

Now the gentleman in front of me seemed completely normal until we started to approach the counter and as we get up to the gate agent you can see him starting to fidget a little bit, moving a little bit quicker, and he gets to the counter and the lady says “where you going?” and he says, “I'm an Executive Platinum and I need to get home today,” and he's just ranting and raving and she says something so brilliant. 

She said, “Sir. Sir. There are only two people who care about you getting home tonight and you're pissing one of them off.” 

Well, you’ve never seen someone get their emotions in check so quickly. He lowers his voice, and he apologizes, and he just got himself together and slowed down, I mean it was amazing. But that gate agent really taught a lesson that was so important. And the lesson was, that Your Attitude, Determines Your Altitude. I’m going to say it one more time and I'm going to ask you to say with me, Your Attitude, Determines Your Altitude. Will you say it with me? Your Attitude, Determines Your Altitude.