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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Any Volunteers?

Finishing a long-delayed project today. Don't want to bad-mouth people who give me money, so you'll have to read between the lines. They pissed me off, but hey, I knew the job was dangeros when I took it. Anyway, the "101" project is planned to debut next month. I have to get the first thirty days (at least) of lessons ready, so I'll actually be running the the rough drafts past you guys here on the blog, I think--threby slaying multiple dragons with the same sword-stroke. That might start next week.

The idea is to create a space of discipline that will create a balanced rise of energy, contained within a goal matrix. The three core disciplines will be:

1)The Five Tibetans

2) The Body/Mind Diet (either pure or modified Intermittent Fasting)

3) Five Minute Miracle goal setting (five microbursts of proper breathing and Heartbeat meditation combined with Triangle Visualization)

So far as I can see, this is the minimum configuration that will root the instincts. Given a connection to core survival and animal drives, plus an opening heartspace, a growing sensitivity to your own internal cues, and attention on the way daily actions impact future goals, everything else should develop naturally. There is more, of course, but everything else comes out of this. I'm not at all certain I can affect change with LESS. And the fewer moving pieces, the smaller the chance of misunderstanding or subconscious sabotage. Even with just three pieces, I'm gonna get people saying "well, I decided not to do X..." when "X" is the precise thing they needed the most. If I have four or five pieces, it would just get worse. Sigh.

Anyway, the current approach is going to be to charge a dollar a day (!) for a hundred and one days of daily coaching and access to a membership only forum. I don't know how I can be fairer than that.

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Can't wait to see "Tropic Thunder"--sounds like an absolute hoot, and Robert Downy Jr. is having a hell of a year, isn't he?

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And the question of the day is: I'm going to be looking for 101 beta-testing volunteers for the "101" program. Free of charge, of course. Any hands?

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beta-testing volunteers? Me!


--Erich Schwarz

L. R. Giles said...

I volunteer for beta-testing.

Dan Moran said...

I'm in.

Kami said...

I definitely volunteer. I don't know what the 5 Tibetans are and I've been dying to find out.

Please count me in.

Anonymous said...

I'd enjoy being a part of your new effort, Steve!

Marco

Robin James Burchett said...

I'm in.

--Robin Burchett

Chris | Martial Development said...

Who is the target audience, and what are your expectations for beta testers?

Qman said...

I am in too!!

Robert said...

I'll volunteer, too -- thanks

Robert

Reluctant Lawyer said...

I'm interested in beta-testing. What will be involved?

Steve Perry said...

The five Tibetans? Larry, Moe, Curly, Ollie, and Rinpoche, right?

Trudchen said...

I'm in too.
I've already lost 4 pounds swimming 15 laps 2X a week.
But I'll need to do more to lose more.
Trudi

Paul said...

I am also interested in beta-testing.
Like Chris | Martial Development said...
Who is the target audience, and what are your expectations for beta testers?
I am not a writer but am interested in both physical as well as mind/spriritual development. I have also started intermittent fasting.
I have received your "Five Minute Miracle" DVD's and am enjoying them quite alot.

Paul H.

Chris said...

I am interested in being a Volunteer.

-Chris Huning

Michael Hamilton (motedgrange@hotmail.com) said...

Hi Steve,
I am new to your material but just finished thresold training after 7 months of dedicated CST Golden Three. I would be very interested in trying out new material as I feel I am ready to move into a deeper practice.

Brian Dunbar said...

I'm interested in being a beta user.

I _know_ that the more fit a person is, the better he thinks. It follows that as I get older and more out of shape that I'm not thinking as well as I should.

It's getting started that is the hump in the road. But if I can master systems administration, I can master this. And I'll be better for it.

Mark Jones said...

Sure, I'll give it a try!

Steve Perry said...

I think Tropic Thunder is apt to skew your Sambo-meter all to hell and gone.

Lester Spence said...

I'm interested.

Ken said...

I'm game.

Lynn Gazis-Sax said...

Darn - I'd be game for the Five Minute Miracle and Five Tibetans, but am not touching intermittent fasting. I'll watch from the sidelines while the rest of you beta test :-).

LaVeda H. Mason said...

Count me in.

Bill_Poster69 said...

Steve, I would love to be involved in the beta test.

Ron

Doug G. said...

Steve, my partner and I would be interested in the beta test! Unless it messes up your protocol, we'd probably be doing it in conjunction with Sonnon's IntuFlow and perhaps FlowFit.

Jackie said...

I'm interested!

David said...

Im in too!

Josh said...
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Josh said...

I'm Interested in Beta testing

thrrrnbush said...

I am interested in beta testing. I love the Tibetans, I love the five minute miracle. I'm not sure I can follow through on the IF though. I have body image issues that are one deep dark ugly pit of messed up. I also come from a family with some hypoglycemia and a lot of borderline hypoglycemia. We are not pleasant to be around when our blood sugar is unstable. It's my father's theory that this is also why some of us can't smoke certain things. The element that gives most people the munchies just pushes us over into a state of cranky unwell. I'm willing to try to find a version of IF that works with my blood sugar issues but then I still have to face 101 days of my body image issues that start to hold on tight to the fast and not want to break down and eat even on eating days. So let me know if you want this kinda crazy in you beta.

Anonymous said...

I want to participate - victoria

Althea said...

I like to be a beta-tester.
mochaangels@aol.com

Althea

Brian Dunbar said...

I should have given you my email address - thought it was more obvious in the blogger profile - it's not there at all.

brian.dunbar@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Steve,
I'd like to be a guinea--I mean beta tester. Like some of the others, the itermittant fasting idea is a little intimidating (unless you mean don't eat while you're asleep. That, I could handle), but I figure, trying new and difficult things is how you grow.

Scott
DifferentPiper@aol.com

mikeco said...

I would certainly like a chance to participate. Please include me in your plans.

Thanks,
-jmc

Mike Ralls said...

Hey Steve,

Just got back from a vacation. Out in a nice secluded area and pretty much internet-free for a week. It was nice to be off the grid for a bit.

I'd be interested in being a beta tester.

best e-mail to reach me at is

mike_r_ralls
[at]
yahoo
[dot]
com

Curt said...

I am also interested in beta-testing.

--Curt Steindler

Pat Logan said...

I'll try it out.

Pat Logan said...

Forgot to leave the email: pllogan1@yahoo.com

Robert said...

I also forgot to list my e-mail:

rscurry91@yahoo.com

Paul said...

My e-mail address for my previous entry is (phoderlein at rochester dot rr dot com).
Thanks

Paul H.

Travis said...

Steve,

Would love to be in the test group if you still have room.

Please e-mail to travismpierce@yahoo.com rather then the gmail adress, thanks.

Travis

Lester Spence said...

my email is unbowed@gmail.com

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