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Caffeine-Free Year

One of my goals for 2017 is to go caffeine-free for the entire year. This includes having no coffee, espresso, tea (black, green, white), caffeinated soda, chocolate, cocoa, cacao, etc. Herbal tea that’s naturally caffeine-free is okay though.

I feel this is something I just don’t need in my life this year. My mind feels sharper, calmer, and more focused without it. 🙂

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Congratulations!

I know you’ve done something recently that deserves some acknowledgement and appreciation, and you may have been wondering if it was going to pass by unnoticed, but you’re wrong about that. So speaking as a figment in your reality matrix on behalf of the matrix itself, I just want to congratulate you for your private victory. The matrix noticed what you did, it was awesome, and we all appreciate it tremendously!

Congrats… and please keep it up!

Michael Hyatt’s Book Recommendations

Author, Speaker, and Coach Michael Hyatt shared his top 5 business book recommendations for 2016.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport sounds especially aligned with my priorities for 2017, and The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax sounds fascinating, so I just bought copies of those.

New Year Supercharger – Prime Your Brain for Success in the New Year

If you’d like to prime your mind for goal achievement in the New Year, Learning Strategies is hosting a free audio streaming event this week to help you do that. It’s called the New Year Supercharger, and it’s already underway. The first two lessons are online now, so you can listen to them as soon as you register.

This series is based on six of Learning Strategies’ popular Paraliminals programs, which are 20-25 minute relaxing meditations that I’ve been using and recommending since 2006. They consistently put me into a deep and relaxing meditative state, which is great for positive self-programming.

Get free access to the New Year Supercharger, and enjoy! 🙂

Also… if you want to learn a lot more about the priming effect, including other ways you can use it to make your mind more automatically aligned with your goals, see this article: Prime Your Brain for a Permanent Performance Gain.

99 Reasons 2016 Was a Great Year for Humanity

Have you been feeling a bit down with how this year has turned out? Here’s a nice piece about the good news: 99 Reasons 2016 Was a Great Year for Humanity.

Skim through it. I think it will help you feel more optimistic about our positive progress.

If you negative news has been dragging down your motivation, see Overcoming News Addiction.

Let’s continue to expand the good in 2017.

Wikipedia’s Anti-Health Bias

Here’s an interesting article someone shared with me about how Wikipedia is being manipulated, especially when it comes to health-related articles:

Wikipedia’s Bias Against Science in Natural Healing

I’ve run into evidence of this bias on multiple occasions, especially when I researched water fasting earlier this year. See for yourself by taking a look at Wikipedia’s water fasting entry. I think you’ll agree that it’s an absolute joke. It’s barely more than a screen’s worth of info and looks like it was written by someone who either knows nothing about water fasting or is just an all around idiot. The entry has a mere two sentences about the health effects of water fasting. Seriously? Half of the entry is about religion. There are only three references in the entry, one of which goes to Quackwatch, which isn’t even close to a credible or scientific source for health info. After all these years, this is Wikipedia’s summary of the knowledge we’ve accumulated from thousands of years of water fasting? Really?

In the past I’ve donated to support Wikipedia when they do their annual donation drive. Not this year. I do feel they do a provide a good service for the planet in many ways, and I’ve used their site a lot for research. But I find myself trusting them less with each passing year, especially when it comes to information that could affect my health and well-being (and by extension the health and well-being of my readers if I share such info). Wikipedia needs to do a better job of rooting out corruption and bias, especially in the health area. At the very least, their water fasting page should be filled with a lot more facts as well as links to scientific studies. If you know something about water fasting, see if you can fix that entry without having your changes rejected, as the article above suggests.

Earlier this year I completed a 17-day water fast without Wikipedia’s help, and I found it beneficial. It was easier than I expected. The summary blog post about my water fasting experience will give you a lot more info about water fasting than Wikipedia at present, and I’m just one guy who did this one time so far, able to share only from personal experience. Wikipedia’s entry on this topic should put my blog post to shame in terms of the facts and knowledge it provides, shouldn’t it?

Wikipedia, up your game.

New Vegan Retail Store in Toronto

A new vegan retail store just opened in Toronto. It’s called The Imperative and sells vegan clothes, shoes, cosmetics, and more. Wonderful!

I like the greeting card that says, Congrats on living this long with a protein deficiency! 🙂

Next month is my 20-year veganniversary. Still waiting for that protein deficiency to kick in… I wonder how many people are still brainwashed enough to believe that these days.

Music Complete

Why the heck didn’t anyone tell me that New Order came out with a new album last year? I just found out this week. I suppose that’s what I get for ditching social media.

It’s called Music Complete. And apparently this year they released a remix album called Complete Music. I’m listening to the latter now while reading through a few hundred emails related to my last blog post on turning weaknesses into strengths. Both albums are really good!

New Order is my second favorite music group. My favorite is the best band of all time, which is obviously Depeche Mode.

New Order is helping with my musical detox, which I really needed after being immersed in 30 days of Disneyland last month. I’m still haunted by some of those Disney tunes endlessly echoing in my mind.

Anyway… I’m learning tons by reading through these emails. Y’all certainly have some interesting problems and challenges on your plates!

Any interesting synchronicity – a few people mentioned wanting to improve their alignment with unconditional love, and the lyrics from New Order’s song “Stray Dog” on their new album begin with this line:

The secret of our happiness is unconditional love.

Fascinating.

Setting Up a Video Recording Studio

I’m working on setting up a basic home video recording studio, so I can create and share more videos with you. While I’ve done lots of speaking with live audiences, I’m fairly inexperienced when it comes to making videos, so I took a few days to research the heck out of this in my usual deep dive fashion. I found no shortage of opinions on the subject, especially when I asked experienced friends for suggestions. I’ve learned enough to get started, but it’s also clear that I’ll need to learn most of this by diving in, taking action, and iterating based on results and feedback.

I found the tutorials from Wistia’s library immensely helpful, especially the ones on putting together a sub-$100 lighting kit, video lighting, and recording audio. Some of their recommendations contradict what I’ve learned elsewhere, but I really like the clean look of their videos.

It’s ridiculously easy to get lost in endless research on this subject, so I focused on finding videos I really liked and then studied how they were filmed. What I love about Wistia’s material is that they show how different tweaks change the resulting video, like how the same shot looks with different lights. I also like the general vibe of their videos – upbeat, friendly, and helpful.

I finally figured out what to buy, some from Amazon and some from Lowe’s, so I’ll assemble everything on the weekend if the items arrive by then. I decided to start with a pretty modest investment, so I’ve kept the total cost below $300, not including the camera. I can always upgrade to fancier equipment later if it seems warranted, but I don’t want to go crazy with the gear just yet.

For the camera I’ll be using an iPhone 7. For editing I’ll use Final Cut Pro, which I learned a few years ago. I’ll record the audio separately, which will produce better results than using the iPhone’s built-in mic.

For starters I would love to create a short video series on a certain personal growth topic, so I can gain some video production experience quickly, help you move the needle forward in your life, and get some feedback on the results. If you have some suggestions for what you’d like help with, please share. What are your biggest problems or challenges in life right now? In which area of your life do you most want to make faster progress?