Archive for December 2008

2009 Focus – Intimate Relationships

In this post I’m going to share some things I’ve never shared publicly before, some of which you might find a bit surprising. At the start of each new year, I like to pick a primary focus for the upcoming year. I prefer doing this instead of making a New Year’s resolution because it’s more…

Overcoming Indecision

Let’s consider a couple different scenarios you’ll encounter on your lifelong path of personal growth: linear growth and growth forks. This article will mainly focus on how to overcome the indecision you may face at a tricky growth fork. Linear Growth Linear growth is when you can see the next steps ahead of you fairly…

Post Juice Feasting Update

It’s been about 3-1/2 weeks since I ended my 30-day juice feast, so here’s an update on my health situation. Sleep and Dreams I’m back to sleeping normally again. During the juice feast I needed 8-10 hours of sleep most nights. Now I do fine on 6-7 hours. The super-vivid nighttime dreams continued for another…

Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole is one of my favorite foods, so I’d like to share my best guacamole recipe. I tweak this recipe every time I make it, so this is the December 2008 incarnation. I went to my first raw potluck last night and brought a large batch of this guacamole to share. I figured there would…

Rapid Improvement

When we want to build a new skill or just increase our comfort level with a new activity, the frequency of the activity is a key factor to consider. Squeezing the same experiences into a shorter period of time can greatly increase your performance gains. A Personal Example During my first few years of blogging,…

How to Create Real Value

As a follow-up to the last article, let’s tackle the question of how to discern whether or not you’re creating and delivering real value. The simple answer is that you know you’re creating value when you can see tangible positive changes in the world as a result of your creative output. Weak Value Suppose I…

How to Make Lots of Money During a Recession

A recession is possibly the best time to launch a new business or to expand an existing one. It’s also a great time to get ahead in your career. I know this sounds counter-intuitive, so let me ‘splain. First, the media goes nuts during a recession. They turn a little bit of negativity into a…

Facebook and Twitter

My Facebook Experience I’ve been using Facebook for a few months now. I currently have 1,907 Facebook friends. I’ve been a fairly active user ever since I joined. I get new friend requests, comments, and emails there every day. Overall I’m glad I joined Facebook. It takes extra time to keep up with it, and…

Calibration

In personal development terms, calibration is the process of progressively refining your thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors until you shift your equilibrium to the point where you can consistently achieve the results you desire. Just as you might calibrate a scientific instrument to provide consistently accurate measurements, you can calibrate your skills to generate consistently good…

Juice Feasting – Postmortem

Now that I’ve been back on solid foods for about a week, I have some final thoughts to share on my 30-day juice feast. I don’t want to rehash what I already shared in my Day 31 update, so I’ll try to offer some new insights. Back to Solids – and Eating More Fat Again…