Transform your never-ending ‘to-do’ list into a view of readiness with Dr. Daria Long’s expert guidance, as we explore practical strategies for achieving a state of preparedness. From the ER to your personal chaos, Dr. Long translates her frontline experience into actionable advice for managing life’s daily demands with finesse. We tackle the pitfalls of the ‘crazy busy’ badge of honor, advocating for a ‘ready mode’ outlook that prioritizes triage of tasks and simplicity in everyday life. By sharing techniques to step out of the whirlwind in your mind, we help you reframe stress as a manageable facet of a well-organized life.

In our continuing journey of self-improvement, we scrutinize the mental frameworks that dictate our actions and the results we achieve. Using personal anecdotes from my time as a martial arts coach, we expose how mindset and beliefs craft our reality, emphasizing the power of visualizing success and the necessity of confronting confirmation bias. This episode is an invitation to audit your belief systems, to dare to challenge the status quo of your limitations, and to take command of your own narrative. Join us as we break down barriers and foster a mindset of empowerment and relentless pursuit of personal growth.

TED Talk: From Crazy Busy to Ready Mode

In this compelling TED talk, Dr. Darria Long discusses the impact of stress on our daily lives and provides strategies for managing it effectively. Here’s a breakdown of the key points she makes:

“Crazy Busy” Isn’t Just a Phrase: Dr. Long explains how using the term “crazy busy” can affect our brains and increase stress. She links the phrase to a mode where stress hormones rise, executive function declines, and areas responsible for anger and anxiety are activated.

Shift from “Crazy Busy” to “Ready Mode”: The speaker encourages a shift from reacting to every challenge with stress to embracing a more organized and calm approach. This shift is crucial for handling stress without feeling overwhelmed.

Triaging and Prioritizing: Dr. Long uses her experience as an emergency room doctor to explain how triaging—prioritizing by urgency—can help manage stress. She suggests that we categorize tasks into “red” for immediately critical, “yellow” for serious but less urgent, and “green” for minor. This approach helps focus on the most important tasks first.

Design for Simplicity: The speaker shares practical tips to reduce daily decision-making, like planning meals in advance, automating tasks, and keeping essential items in one place. These techniques help decrease stress by reducing the cognitive load.

Get Out of Your Head: Dr. Long emphasizes the importance of getting out of one’s own head to avoid tunnel vision and catastrophic thinking. She suggests focusing on others to disrupt negative internal monologues and widen perception, allowing for better decision-making.

Dr. K – Sociopathy

Level up your thinking


  • “If I could choose what I wanted it to be, what would it look like?”
  • “What evidence do I have that contradicts this belief?”
  • “What’s the hidden payoff I get from believing this?”
  • “What if what I believe was completely false?”


(0:00:02) – Overcoming Busy Overwhelm and Stress
(0:14:39) – Mastering Mindset and Overcoming Limiting Beliefs
(0:27:26) – Changing Limiting Beliefs and Bias

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