Role of upstream effort

Link to the Ted Talk available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8yWLA–S8Q Be sure that your responses are adequately thorough and detailed. Some of the answers may just be fill-in the blank while others clearly require more detail and full sentences. It might be helpful to take notes while watching the video in order to appropriately answer the questions below. Keep in mind that the questions are asked in order of the video’s progression making it easier to identify the answer. Most of the answers to the questions below come directly from the video. There are a few questions which are considered “Personal Reflection” questions and are thus indicated as such in parentheses to avoid any confusion. Please make answers basic and gender neutral

Questions 1.At the beginning of the podcast the speaker shares how she “tried really hard to succeed” a lot in her life but still found that she was unhappy after her accomplishments. Can you relate to this in your past or present – striving really hard but still not feeling happy or fulfilled? (Personal Reflection)

2.The speaker then mentions being an “achievement addict” who had “become addicted to the attention and the approval that often went along with being successful.” Have you ever struggled with being addicted to achievement or some other form of external validation/attention? (Personal Reflection)

3.The speaker mentions that in our society many of us wear our busyness like a “badge of honor as if we don’t feel like worthwhile human beings unless we’re incredibly busy doing something.” Is this something that you can relate to – past or present? (Personal Reflection)

4.According to the speaker what is the “cost of all our busyness”?

5.What questions was the speaker interested in exploring when considering the cost of our busyness? (Hint: She poses two of them.)

6.Is the speaker advocating avoiding all effort? Please elaborate.

7.According to the speaker what is “upstream effort” and what does it feel like when we are engaged in it?

8.Why does the speaker assert that “upstream effort is the type of effort most of us are engaged in on a regular basis?” How does our culture endorse and encourage this kind of effort?

9.Describe the role of “upstream effort” in your life. (Personal Reflection)

10.According to the speaker what is “downstream effort” and what does it feel like when we are engaged in it?

11.How is our focus different with “downstream effort” with relation to our goals?

12.Describe a time in which you have been engaged in “downstream effort”? (Personal Reflection)

13.The speaker mentions the importance of discovering and defining what “authentic success” means to each of us individually. What do you think is the importance of defining “authentic success” for yourself? And how would currently describe your idea of “authentic success”? (Personal Reflection)

14.According to the speaker what is the relationship between “authentic success” and engaging with “downstream effort”?

15.According to the speaker what is the importance of identifying our values in the cultivation of downstream effort?

16.In this context use the space below to indicate what you value and why. (Indicate at least 3 personal values and the reasons why you value them.) (Note: If you are having a difficult time coming up with values you are encouraged to Google “Core Value List” for some examples) (Personal Reflection)

17.According to the speaker what is the importance of identifying how we want to feel everyday with relation to downstream effort. Describe Doug Newberg’s Resonance Performance Model as it relates to the importance of identifying how we want to feel.

18.In this context use the space below to indicate how you would like to feel daily and why you think that’s important. (Personal Reflection)

19.According to Newburg’s findings what did top performers do when they “bumped against obstacles towards their goals” and why?

20.Describe the internal and external components of living authentically according to the research cited by the speaker.

21.According to the speaker what is it that can make our authentic life choices difficult to honor?

22.In this context describe a time in which your authentic life choices have gone against what society family colleagues or friends thought you should be doing? If you have never experienced this describe what you think would be the challenge with doing this. (Personal Reflection)

23.According to the speaker what is the “evaluation” process that follows our authentic life decisions?

24.Describe “psychological flow” and how it relates to downstream effort.

25.Given the speaker’s explanation of “psychological flow” describe a time in which you have experienced this state. (Personal Reflection)

26.Describe the role of “synchronicity” in the evaluation of downstream effort.

27.Given the speaker’s explanation of “synchronicity” as it relates to downstream effort describe a time in which you have noticed this phenomenon in your life. (Personal Reflection)

28.Indicate how the speaker describes the difference between how success “looks to the people around you” versus how it might “feel successful internally”

29.According to the speaker what are the “two questions you can ask yourself” before trying harder with upstream effort?

30.The speaker asserts “So my main point here is not that we stop trying it’s that you stop trying hard at things that don’t matter to you and start trying at things that do because when we engage in effort towards goals that are personally meaningful for us…” (Fill in the “…”)

31.According to the speaker how have. “many of the world’s greatest wisdom traditions emphasized similar concepts”?

32.According to the speaker why is authenticity and downstream effort important for each of us to discover and cultivate?

33.Given what you have learned about “downstream effort” and “upstream effort” which one most characterizes your life? Please elaborate (Personal Reflection)

34.Answer the following Personal Reflection Question Series after watching the Ted Talk:

a.What have you learned from this Ted Talk that is significant to you?

b.How can you apply these teachings in your life?

c.What will be the benefit of applying these teachings? Requirements: Short answers that meet criteria

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