News & Updates
Today (Oct 1) is my blog’s 15th birthday. I wrote my first post on Oct 1, 2004, starting with WordPress 1.0.
Tomorrow (Oct 2) is the 10-year anniversary of our first 3-day workshop (the original Conscious Growth Workshop in Las Vegas). That’s also the day my wife Rachelle and I first met. Since then we’ve done 16 3-day workshops on a variety of different themes.
I’ve really enjoyed this past decade. I’m especially glad I leaned into taking more trips, which comprise some of my fondest memories during this time period. Before 2009 I’d never traveled outside the USA. Now I do so pretty regularly and have been to around 15 countries so far. I’ll add a few more (Panama, Northern Ireland, Scotland) within the next year and Japan in 2021.
So much of what I appreciate in life seems to come from inviting and embracing what feels uncomfortable or uncertain. The challenge is not to do this a few times and then settle into an expanded comfort zone but rather to accept the long-term path of continually finding the edges and stretching beyond them. No matter how big your comfort zone gets, there’s always more to explore beyond it, and that’s where a lot of growth is to be found.
Next month my stretch experience will be to try ayahuasca for the first time (4x in a week actually) with a group of friends in Costa Rica. I’m curious to see what effect it has. I’ve heard the experience can be impossible to put into words, but I think it would be worthwhile to at least try to share what the experience is like.
I’m looking forward to speaking at WordCamp Las Vegas September 7-8, 2019. My talk is titled: Counterintuitive Lessons From 15 Years of Personal Growth Blogging.
There are 30 tickets left for anyone who wants to attend, so they will probably sell out. It’s only $50 for the whole weekend, which is a nice deal for anyone who wants to up-level their WordPress knowledge and skills. I’ve gone to the Vegas WordCamp as an attendee the past two times and found it worthwhile each time.
I believe this will be recorded and perhaps shared on WordPress.tv at some point as well.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve added a significant amount of bonus material to our popular Submersion 60-day audio program to make it even better.
These bonuses include:
- 60-page Submersion Summary Guide – This ebook conveniently summarizes each audio lesson on a single page, so you can refresh yourself on the key ideas at a glance.
- Guided Walkthroughs – I recorded seven new audios (about 10 minutes each) to walk you through applying some of the richest Submersion tools, including practicing the simulation lens, creating your story, healing trust wounds, sparking creative ideas, talking with your future self, and more. These add a great deal of replay value to the course. Some include a few playful surprises as well. 😉
- Guided Walkthrough Transcripts – We’ve added text transcripts for all Guided Walkthroughs, making it easy for you to do the exercises any way you like. You can even use these scripts as a base to record your own customized walkthroughs.
- Subjective Reality Stories – We have six new videos of personal stories about getting results with Subjective Reality, recorded exclusively for Submersion. These stories include manifesting sums of money ranging from pennies to $50,000, manifesting an aligned relationship, turning fear into fun, creating beautiful memories, and more.
- Subjective Reality Explorer’s Guide – Submersion now includes this compact collection of Subjective Reality tools and experiments – a handy resource for when you’re in the mood to explore and experiment with the subjective lens.
And the course already had 7 bonuses before this. Now it has 12. 🙂
Current Submersion customers already have access to all of these bonuses – you’ll find them on the Gifts page in the Submersion portal. Enjoy!
And if you’ve been waiting for the right time to join us, it’s here. This is the perfect time to join hundreds of other Subjective Reality explorers who’ve been having fascinating adventurers using these tools for many months now.
Learn more about Submersion by watching the invitation video.
Then summon some courage, and join us. The simulation will handle the rest. 😉
This course has changed many lives for the better, especially in terms of helping people heal trust wounds and getting into the flow of their creative power. It feels really good to know that we’ve made this even more valuable and useful now.
My friend LuAnn Buechler, who gives super warm hugs, is preparing to travel around the USA sharing hugs during the time of the 2020 Presidential Campaign. She’s stepping up to create more positivity and connection with Hugs Across America during a time of political divisiveness.
Here’s a description of what she’s doing:
The ihug movement is meant to give hope to people, like me, who want to live in a more positive environment. Who is tired of the negative political environment in our country setting the stage for all of our lives? We wish to balance the energy on the planet with the positivity of the simple human connection known as a HUG. We are looking to build a community of people who are willing to hug their neighbor, friend, family, colleagues and community, even when they may fail to see eye to eye on the issues.
The ihug movement’s mission is to combat negativity in our country during the 2020 presidential campaign and beyond. It is a non-partisian movement to remind people to love each other and it’s okay to agree to disagree on the topics.
I encourage you to join or support LuAnn in her mission, either by donating to her Hugs Across America fundraiser or by reaching out to her directly to offer other forms of help and support.
Ultraworking is hosting a 4-day Work Marathon Aug 14-17, 2019, based on their Work Cycles model, which is similar to the Pomodoro method. This involves working in 30-min blocks with 10-min breaks between, and you map out your next work block during each break. I often work in cycles like this and find it pretty effective for some types of work.
Of course you’re not expected to work for 96 hours straight, but they’re providing some structure with extra accountability during this time, so that could indeed help you stay focused and be more productive.
It costs $100 to participate in their online event. I’m not an affiliate, so I have no financial stake in whether you join or not. It seems like an interesting experience, so I signed up today and will be doing it for all 4 days, starting Wednesday morning.
I’ve never done any of Ultraworking’s paid programs, and I just learned about their website last week from a Conscious Growth Club member. Since then I’ve tested some of their free spreadsheets like Work Cycles and Lights, which are well constructed.
I’m going to use this challenge to finish up the remaining Submersion bonuses, so we’ll have all of them published by August 20th. We recently added a 60-page Summary Guide bonus to this course, which any Submersion member can find on the course’s Gifts page now.
If you’re interested in upgrading your productivity, this Work Marathon looks like an interesting event, so consider joining me if this appeals to you. Just be aware that I can’t give this a strong recommendation since I’ve never done it before, but I thought it would be wise to share the potential opportunity with you.
In Conscious Growth Club we’re exploring a new way of providing value for members, which is to have a “conscious conversation” with a very growth-oriented person and invite all members to participate. This is a live video call where I have an interesting conversation with someone, say for about 90 minutes. All members can join the call and participate in a live text chat as we go. So it’s a similar format to how we did the Deep Abundance Integration live calls back in August.
It’s not an interview or a presentation. It really is an organic conversation, so it could go any which way depending on our interests and where the energy wants to flow. These calls are likely to be upbeat, playful, and fun.
With the live chat aspect, CGC members can also participate by sharing feedback, discussing ideas with each other, and asking questions. And then we can use other resources like the forums for follow-up discussion after the call.
We’re doing our first call of this type on Tuesday morning with a fellow member who recently went through a major improvement in his dating and relationship life, so this is a chance to talk more deeply with him about how he did it. And more generally we could also talk about how to go from relationship scarcity to relationship abundance.
I see this as a nice way to explore and share the practical, human side of personal growth. It’s useful to learn how real people tackle real challenges and get real results under real-world conditions. The process is rarely linear.
Presently there are no plans to share these calls outside of CGC. While we could do a call like that, I think it’s better for depth, honesty, and intimacy if we don’t broadcast these outside the group. However, we are going to record and archive these calls, so they’ll be added to the CGC member portal. Consequently, anyone who joins CGC next year or beyond will be able to watch these recordings and also participate in any new calls we do going forward.
For now this is just an experimental idea that we’re testing, but there seems to be enough support for it already that we’re very likely to incorporate it as a permanent feature going forward.
Our recent Conscious Growth Club launch went well, growing the group by more than 60%. Now we have more than 150 members teaming up to create an incredible growth-oriented year together, which is terrific.
The current mix in the club is roughly 60% previous members and 40% new members who just joined us. That’s a really nice blend. The new members are bringing a delightful infusion of fresh energy into the group, and the continuing members are enthusiastically welcoming them and helping them get oriented.
I also feel like the group just received a major intelligence upgrade in the process: more smart people, wider and deeper skills represented, more experience, and more resourcefulness all around.
Some members are already meeting up in person too, which is great to see. Part of our roadmap includes incorporating live events (possibly starting in 2020), so we can all get together in person as well. This year I intend to continue making the online experience of Conscious Growth Club even better since that keeps it highly accessible.
Most likely we’ll reopen for new members in April 2020. So if you didn’t join this time, you may want to mark your calendar to check in with us then. Or you can join our email list to be notified.
I especially love that we’re a global group. We have members on every continent but one. I’m sure you can guess who the holdout is. Perhaps we’ll eventually recruit a member from McMurdo Station. 😉
After two years in early access mode, I’m happy – okay, delighted! – to announce that Conscious Growth Club is officially launching and is open for new members to join, starting now. This is the most comprehensive personal growth program and support group we’ve ever created.
We’re only opening for a short time though, just through May 1st, and this will be our only enrollment period for all of 2019. So if you want to join this year, now is the time. Watch the video on the Conscious Growth Club page to learn the details.
Jay Rooke recently interviewed me for his Know Pain Know Gain: Entrepreneurship Made Real podcast. We talked about personal development, transformation, entrepreneurship, and trust-based marketing. The episode is about 55 minutes, and you can listen to it at the link above.
The Submersion Playlists bonus is published. All Submersion participants now have access to it in the Submersion portal.
There are 15 different playlists to choose from, each containing 8 to 16 of the 60 core lessons. This gives you another way to explore the material, especially when you’d appreciate a refresher in one or more areas after completing the full course.
The last two playlists include the 10 shortest lessons for when you’d love a quickie (most are under 15 minutes), and the longest lessons for when you’re craving a deeper lesson (most are over 35 minutes).
Text transcripts for lessons 1-16 are published too, and transcripts for lessons 17-24 will be added soon. We’ll continue adding more transcripts until all 60 lessons are transcribed from audio to text, so you have multiple ways to engage with the material. And there are several more bonuses to be added as well, including the Submersion Summary Guide and the Subjective Reality Explorer’s Guide. Submersion members will receive these bonuses automatically as soon as they’re ready.
Currently there are 597 people enrolled in Submersion, many of whom have already finished the core 60 lessons, and more continue to join every week, so we’ll be passing 600 soon. I love and appreciate the fascinating feedback that members have been sharing about this unique course, so please keep it coming! 🙂