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The 30 Day Mental Fast Revisited

30 Day Mental Fast: TCC Episode 24

Today's Episode:

  • What is the 30 Day Mental Fast
  • 30 Day Mental Fast (Modified)

What is the 30 Day Mental Fast

This was inspired by Jerry Clark's 30 Day Mental Fast for Millionaires:

  1. Read Uplifting Material for 15-20 Minutes A Day
  2. Turn Off The Television
  3. Turn off the Radio
  4. No Newspapers
  5. Associate Only with Uplifting People
  6. Drink Water
  7. Exercise At Least 20 Minutes A Day
  8. Reflect on the Good for 30 Minutes Each Day

I have slightly modified because I discovered one more thing that added value for me. I use it to work with my goals and dreams to become millionaire as an owner of an International Gourmet Coffee Business, writer, and public speaker. The mental fast has helped me gain better mental clarity and prioritize what's important.

November is not only NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) but also has 30 days in it, whink means a great time for doing the Mental Fast. As a writer this is perfect because it incorporates time to read. I read everything from journal articles for my research and books on personal development to fiction and books on how to improve my craft.

"Think Like a Giant" Jerry Clark

30 Day Mental Fast (Modified)

  1. No TV, Newspapers, or Radio - I found them not only a horrible time waster but also a huge source of negativity
  2. No Negativity - Not only in what you listen to but also your words
  3. Read a Good Uplifting Book for 15 minutes - As a writer I find this easy. I not only read books like Think and Grow Rich, The Magic of Thinking Big but also some fiction and non-fiction to help improve my writing craft
  4. Listen to Personal Development Audio - I listen to a lot of personal development audios from Holton Buggs' How to Turn Your Network Marketing Business Into a Cash Cow (for Organo Gold Distributors) and Zig Ziglar's Goals. I listen to podcasts on the craft of writing, public speaking and living a better life, for example Michael Hyatt's This is Your Life Podcast. Who are you listening to?
  5. Associate with positive people - I have several mentors or mastermind alliance, as Napoleon Hill talks about in Think and Grow Rich, who range from my business mentors Dr. Walker and Michael Hyatt of This is You Life Podcast. I have my PhD mentors Drs. Walter McCollum, Anthony Lolas, Marilyn Simon and Brandon Hamilton. I have writing mentors K.M. Weiland, Writing Excuses Podcast, Joanna Penn of the Creative Penn Podcast,
  6. Drink water & take Organo Gold Capsules
  7. Exercise for 15 minutes a day - I always feel better and gets the blood moving
  8. Reflection Time for 15 minutes a day - I sometimes stretch this out to an hour because I will often work on meditations that I will record. I have been working on a meditation script I found what I wrote 21 years ago for my hypnosis practice. I like experimenting on myself.


Jerry Clark's 30 Day Mental Fast for Millionaires

Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn Podcast - http://www.thecreativepenn.com/podcasts/

K.M. Weiland - http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/

Michael Hyatt's: This is Your Life Podcast

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) - http://nanowrimo.org/

Pacer Pedometer app for iPhone or Android - http://www.pacer.cc/

Writing Excuses Podcast - http://www.writingexcuses.com/

Zig Ziglar's: Goals


Clark, J. (n.d.). 30 Day Mental Fast Kit. Retrieved from http://www.clubrhino.com/products/item39.cfm.



The Scholarly Way: TCC Episode 20The Scholarly Way

Today's Episode

  • The Scholarly Way
  • Why I'm Writing It

The Scholarly Way

The Scholarly Way will be about how I'm making it through the dissertation process.

Area to be covered:

  • Best practices
  • Risks and risk mitigation
  • Personal development
  • Health
  • Faith
  • Family
  • Anything else I can think of that will help you.

Challenges I faced:

  • Learning style
  • Study habits
  • TIme Management

The Scholarly Way was inspired by The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) by Chris Hardwick, Dissertation and Scholarly Research: Recipes for Success: 2013 Edition by Marilyn K Simon Ph.D. (Author), Jim Goes Ph.D. (Author), Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis by Joan Bolker, The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation by Carol M. Roberts, The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz, and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Other books that helped make this works possible: How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time by Nina Amir and Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should: Updated Second Edition by David Gaughran.

Why I'm Writing It

I have way too many book and screenwriting projects started and not finished. I'm also working on my dissertation. The dissertation was the primary reason for writing this book. I want to help students like me get through the PhD program and the dissertation process.

I plan on writing two or three posts a week, God willing. I don't see the book as a very long one, therefore  I'm hoping it won't take too long to finish it.

This will  be my first draft. I'm  not a professional editor, although I’ll be reading through each post at least once, doing a spellcheck, and then hit “publish.” If there are typos or grammatical errors, I’ll catch those later. That's what editors are for.

Special Thanks to:

Dr. Walter McCollum my Walden University mentor and dissertation chair

Dr. Antony Lolas of my dissertation committee

Marilyn K Simon for her expertise and support for research design

Dr. Latrice Walker for her mentorship outside Walden (Walden Graduate)

Dr. Brandon Hamilton for his mentorship outside Walden (DeVry University)

Those Who Encouraged Me to Launch this Project:

K.M. Weiland of the Helping Writers Become Authors Podcast for her support and guidance as a writer

Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn Podcast for her support and guidance as a writer

Nina Amir, author of the How to Blog a Book, for her book that made me seriously think about launching this book project.


5 Ways to Stay Motivated During the Dissertation Process: TCC Episode 19

Place this image in your mind to help with your motivation during the dissertation process.
Place this image in your mind to help with your motivation during the dissertation process.

Today's Episode:

  • My progress
  • Motivation During the Dissertation Process
  • 5 Ways to Stay Motivated

My Progress

Date: September 16, 2014

Name: Dissertation Writing

Topic: The Proposal

Milestones: Chapter 3 revisions

Summary: After coming back from a leave of absence, I'm on my second revision of chapter 3

Risk: Over thinking the process and getting stuck

Risk Mitigation Strategy: Meditation, work on a different section, and working on smaller chunks.

Project timeline: On Time

Committee Member: Dr. Walter McCollum & Dr. Anthony Lolas


Motivation During the Dissertation Process

Thanks to Dr. Walter McCollum, my dissertation chair and mentor, Drs. Latrice Walker and Brandon Hamilton, my mentors and friends, email and phone me increasing my levels of motivation during the dissertation process. I also found a writing support system face-to-face, with my fellow classmate and friend, Helen. She has been facing many of the challenges that I have, such as: family, work, and procrastination. I want to first congratulated her on her her milestones so far, completing KAM 6 and working on the application section of KAM 7. Hang in there!!!! We can do this!

Motivation is that desire or willingness from deep within us to do something (Hiam, 2002). In other words, dig deep and never give up. In our case, it is to get the dissertation done and graduate. How can you keep yourself motivated?

5 Ways to Stay Motivated During the Dissertation Process

5 Ways to Stay Motivated during the Dissertation Process (Simon and Goes, 2013; Bolker, 2010):

  • Meditate (complete stillness)
  • Take care of yourself
  • Visualize yourself completing the dissertation and graduation
  • Find a support system
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Like minded people
    • Blog or Podcast
  • Create relationships on social media
    • Twitter
    • LinkedIn
    • Facebook


Bolker, J. (1998). Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: A guide to starting, revising, and finishing your doctoral thesis. USA: New York, NY.

Hiam, A. (2002). Motivational management. (p. 12). New York, NY: AMACOM Books.

Simon, M. K., & Goes, J. (2013). Dissertation & scholarly research: Recipes for success. (2013 ed.). USA: Dissertation Success, LLC.


Latrice Walker, Ph.D.: http://robinkelly.house.gov/media-center/blog-posts/constituent-spotlightlatrice-walker

Brandon Hamilton, Ph.D. - Hamilton's Solutions: http://hamiltonssolutions.intuitwebsites.com/

Walter McCollum, Ph.D. - McCollum Enterprises, LLC: http://www.mccollumenterprisesllc.com/1905782.html