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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
9:34 pm
Mount Awesomey Podcast
Howdy Awesome-a-teers!

Just letting you know that the two guys behind Mount Awesome have started a podcast.

You can hear the latest episode, about how to turn frustrating people in your life into adorable panda bears, here.

If you want to subscribe, you can do that here.

Has anyone told you lately how awesome you are?

Well, you are.

Sunday, February 25th, 2007
8:51 pm
Awesome Goodbye!
Well, it's not really goodbye. Mount Awesome will always be there. I, David, ran into a problem with Mount Awesome. As much as I love Mount Awesome and want to spend every single day climbing towards its exalted peaks, I found myself repeating themes as I wrote about it. As I worked on other projects I would think of a Mount Awesome post, click the post to journal button and then sit and stare trying to put a new spin on a similar idea. Honestly, when I look back at some of the posts of the past, I don't know where they came from. It was like I was channeling something and I couldn't pretend that was happening now.

Of course, I could just fake it and recycle themes, but that wouldn't help me in my climb up Mount Awesome.

This journal will stay where it is, so you can always refer back to it.

I am moving on to a new venture: Creative Creativity.

This is my new website where I'll address many different themes, including things that belong on Mount Awesome, so far everything from the relationship between psychoses and creative genius to how to make your hot dog more AWESOME! If you would like to join me in my new venture, you can sign up for an RSS feed by clicking here or just friend creativecre on livejournal and it will show up in your friends list. (Also, there are many awesome people who read this. If you would like to submit something to my new site or have a fantastic email you want to share, just send me an email.)

I actually think the latest post would be of interest to all who climb Mount Awesome! 5 Tips For Tricking Yourself Into Being More Creative!

I have to thank one of my inspirations and co-conspirators in Mount Awesome, Michael White. He also has a website, Know More Trances, where he deals with issues like mind control, hypnosis and anything that strikes his fancy.

If I can channel Mount Awesome again, you'll know. It's not that you'll see it somewhere, you'll just sense it. The hairs will stand up on the back of your neck, you'll smile and a mysterious voice will whisper in your ear, "Mount Awesome is back. Sorry about the hairs on the back of your neck, they'll go back down in a second. Oh... You ROCK!"

Thanks for reading, stay awesome.

Friday, January 12th, 2007
11:06 am
And the AWESOME winner is...
Have you been feeling less than awesome lately? Do you long for the heady climate at the peak of Mount Awesome? Well, it's time to give yourself an award!

Why wait for other people to recognize how AWESOME you are? It's a simple matter for you to do it yourself. Follow these five easy steps:

1. Go through your closet or junk drawer and find an object that you have no practical use for. For instance, a 5 1/4" floppy disk or that bizare Snow Baby figurine your aunt gave you for Christmas.

2. Decide what you deserve an award for. This part might be difficult. There are so many awesome things about you that your mind might be clouded for a moment. Perhaps you could be Pedestrian of the Year for the fantastic way you crossed the street this morning or perhaps you could win the Best Witty Comment That Came Too Late To Say In The Conversation I Was Having, But Made Me Laugh Later When I Was In Bed Award. Anything works that's true!

3. Write the name of your award on a piece of paper and tape it to the object. THE OBJECT IS NOW AN AWARD!!!!! It's like magic!

4. Have a ceremony where you give yourself the award. The ceremony is not as important as your acceptance speech. Remember to thank the important people and be sure to describe why this particular award is so important to you. Have music ready if you go on too long! You don't want to bore yourself.

5. Put the award in a place of prominence where you can see it and remember that you won.

Be careful you don't give yourself too many awards. If you cross the line, your awards will start to mean less than a Golden Globe!

Oh, and in your speech, don't forget to thank MOUNT AWESOME!
Monday, August 22nd, 2005
1:17 pm
An AWESOME question!!
How will life be different after the AWESOME miracle?
Friday, August 19th, 2005
10:02 am
Awesome STRONG!
Do you have real AWESOME COURAGE?

Do you have real AWESOME POWER?

Say this outloud and in your booming voice "REAL AWESOME POWER!"

You're going to grow up with real AWESOME COURAGE because you are not afraid of your fear!

And you are not to allow anyone to teach you anything you do not want to learn! EVER! And I mean ANYONE!


Now climb.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
11:52 pm
Awesome Normal!
A chorus of voices are chanting in Crap City at the base of Mount Awesome!

"Out of control! I can't help how I feel! My life is so sad! Only an insane person wouldn't be angry if they were me! The world is so horrible, how can anyone be happy?"

We spend so much of our time trying to justify how we feel, we don't pay attention to the most important part. Where we return to normal!

Of course we all feel sad or angry or depressed sometimes, but if you feel sad long enough you might start to think of that as your natural, neutral state. You've let a temporary circumstance define your permanent state!

If you imagine your mood on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the miserable pit of despair and 10 being the highest peaks of awesome awesomeness that you can barely imagine, your natural, neutral state would be a 5, right?

Not true! Some people let their neutral state slip as low as 2! When they wake up in the morning they start at a 2! Imagine that! That means if you have a really great day, you might hit a 3 or a 4.

Of course, you could always choose to have your neutral state be a 6 or 7. Or an 8, if it were that easy. But there is NO WAY that anyone could just pick their neutral state. To start every day remembering what it feels like when you are at an 8 and starting off from right there. Maybe you could link remembering how it feels to be that AWESOME to some simple act you do every morning, like getting out of bed, brushing your teeth or putting on your shoes. That's if you were some kind of SUPER GENIUS.

But, wait, you are a SUPER GENIUS!

In fact, if a SUPER GENIUS starts to adjust their mood, they soon find that their 8 is really a 5 and that 10 has grown to be EVEN MORE FANTASTIC AND AWESOME! And the cycle never stops. Neutral just keeps getting better.

Stop settling for the frame of mind that you just end up with and work to get the mood you want and deserve. Promise yourself to raise your neutral by at least 1 step today!

Don't settle for average days when you could have an AWESOME day!
Thursday, July 28th, 2005
1:00 pm
I just have to say it!
You look great today. You've got a special sparkle in your eye.

I am gonna get out of your way now, because you are going places!

I don't know what you're doing, but do more of it. Grawr! (That's a tiger growl!)
Monday, July 25th, 2005
1:54 pm
Awesome POWER!
Just stay right where you are.

Now, imagine that you have a geyser of colorful energy shooting out of the top of your head. You're a roman candle! A torch! A spotlight so bright you can shine on the surface of the moon!

You've got so much energy and power you can't hold it all in. Tilt your head slightly back and forth and watch the power move. Now shoot it through your eyes and your hands. Let your hands grab hold of something and release some power into it. Use the power from your eyes to make something more beautiful.

Be careful, you might attract attention and people won't be able to look away. Sit up straight. Now you have a sphere of AWESOME all around you. You are no longer merely a spectator in the world, you are a battery that keeps the universe moving. Colors are brighter, food will taste better, sensible slacks will have a more comfortable fit.

There is nothing separating you from where you are right now!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
8:35 pm
Sure, you're on Mount Awesome all the time, but you still have to eat! And it's much more fun to eat with friends than it is to eat alone. But, how do you decide where to eat? Have you ever had one of those conversations about where to go to lunch that just goes on and on and no one will make a decision until you finally just end up going somewhere that no one likes?

You may not know it, but you are having that conversation in different forms all the time. People are always walking into situations with no idea how they want them to turn out. Well, here's a trick. Decide where you want to eat lunch before you start the conversation! (THAT'S JUST A METAPHOR, BUT YOU KNOW THAT BECAUSE YOU ARE A SUPER-GENIUS!)

Choose the outcome you want from people before you start interacting with them! Does this guarantee you'll get what you want? No. However, if you are the only one with a desired outcome from a situation, you will most likely get it!

Lets face it, most people just drift through life with zero attempt to navigate. They just react to what is put in front of them. However, because you are on MOUNT AWESOME and have so much passion and force behind what you do, you will pull other people along with you! You may not get specifically what you want, but you will pick the direction. Take advantage of the fact that most people have no idea what they are doing!

When you get introduced to someone for the first time, do you want to be friends? Do you care if they like you? Are you interested what they do? What about the cashier at the grocery store? What do you want out of the interaction? How about your boss at work? Your loved ones? A puppeteer? A latex glove salesman?

If you never decide where you want to go, what are the chances of going somewhere good?

OH! And when two people who are on Mount Awesome decide they are going in the same direction, they are unstoppable!

Want to do lunch?
Tuesday, July 12th, 2005
10:40 pm
Awesome Makeover Part 3
There are a lot of people out there who aren't on Mount Awesome. SHOCKING! (Not really, it's actually kind of obvious if you look around.)

Most of them don't even know that it's possible to be happy. So, when they see someone who is happy, comfortable with who they are, and enthusiastic, they will immediately try and talk you out of it! They want to sink your life raft, pop your balloons and pour sugar in your gas tank.

You have to ignore what other people think of you. One thing you'll notice is that the people who are most unhappy will be the ones who will most freely tell you what's wrong with you! That's right, they so envy you being a happy, productive, passionate person that they will point out supposed "flaws".

Sure, it's important to take positive feedback that will help you reach your goals, but that kind of advice comes from happy people who are comfortable with themselves and good at what they do. It doesn't come from miserable, self-important, failures. And no one is more free with opinions than someone who has given up!

If someone tires to drag you down, it's important that you cut them off and walk away! Who needs them? In fact, try and cut as many people who have a negative opinion of you out of your life as possible.

How much easier could it get that to ignore other people? Maybe you can make a tape in your head that you play every time someone is critical of you! (Personally, Mount Awesome recommends any of the James Bond title songs, except for the one by a-ha.)

Surround yourself with fellow MOUNT AWESOME-EERS!

Taste the AWESOME!
Sunday, July 10th, 2005
12:24 pm
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
-Bill Cosby
Saturday, July 9th, 2005
6:10 pm
Awesome Makeover Part 2!
Can you smell the sweet air and see the AWESOME majesty of MOUNT AWESOME right there in front of you? If you can't see it, imagine it right in front of you and just step onto it. Mount Awesome is always underfoot, you just have to choose to step on the path and you can zoom right up the side toward that peak!

Last time we talked about getting others to recognize your awesome by ladling out giant dollops of enthusiasm. Today, we're going to talk about a special kind of person. This person is climbing Mount Awesome, but not outside of their body with real steps. This person is climbing a tiny Mount Awesome inside themselves. Perhaps the tiny Mount Awesome is behind their kidney or in the back of their throat! In any case, it's hidden away in the corner.

Today, live your awesome with confidence! There is nothing to be ashamed of! Every unique thing that makes you who you are should be charged with awesome. Don't spend a lot of time wishing you were someone else. Use everything you have to accomplish what you want. Even something that might be considered a weakness by other people might turn out to be your greatest strength!

Some people are embarrassed by a facial feature, an accent, curly hair, straight hair, body type, where they come from, their name, their car! Imagine! How silly to thing that any of these things would prevent you from being AWESOME! Instead, they are the ingredients of AWESOME!

Just remember the thing that you are most ashamed of might be what makes you stand out the most!

Be confident! Be comfortable with who you are. Walk proudly. In fact, take an actual step right now toward the peak of Mount Awesome. You will be surprised at how quickly people take to what you have you offer.

Show your confidence to other people! Don't hide your awesome! Wear your awesome self like you just bought yourself a new outfit. People are attracted to confidence, so don't be surprised if you develop a bit of a following.

Peek-A-BOO! I see AWESOME!
Wednesday, July 6th, 2005
1:03 pm
Mount Awesome Makeover! Part 1!
How much AWESOME do you expect in your life?

Double it.

Then double it again.

Then triple it, add a million and multiply it by itself. That's still not enough AWESOME!

Today's question is, do you hide your awesome? If people were to go up to your friends and family and ask if you were awesome, would they shrug and say, "I don't know, I guess..."

How do we turn that around? How do you translate your awesome so that it becomes part of who you are? Well, today, in part one of AWESOME MAKEOVERS, we here at MOUNT AWESOME suggest you focus on enthusiasm!

Take what you love and allow yourself to be passionate about it. Focus all your AWESOME MIND(TM) powers on what you love and communicate that to other people. No, we aren't suggesting that you talk endlessly about your sock collection at parties or that you prattle on endlessly about Ed Wood films as people desperately try and get away. The idea is that you communicate your enthusiasm! Very few people care how much you know about something, but EVERYONE cares when someone is PASSIONATE about something they love.

Let people know how interested you are in other things. People will be envious of you! They will want to hear what you have to say just because they aren't interested in ANYTHING. Sure, a few people will make fun of you, but only because THEY WISH THEY WERE YOU!

Just look around, most of the people in the world aren't enthusiastic or interested in anything. When you are on Mount Awesome, you will have so much enthusiasm that you can share it with other people. Get out the ladle and feed the starving masses!

Once you are enthusiastic about one thing, it will spread to everything in your life. Don't forget to be enthusiastic about things you've done hundreds or thousands of times. Tie your shoes! Kiss your loved one! Make a sandwich!

Rev your engines, attack it with vigor, bite off more than you can chew! You LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Now go and show people.

I wish I was as AWESOME as you are right now!
Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
5:35 pm
Preview of the new Mount Awesome LOGO!
We are working on some AWESOME plans for the future...

In the meantime, we wanted to preview the new logo!

Awesome LOGO!Collapse )
Monday, April 25th, 2005
4:45 pm
How long does it take??
Howdy Awesome-eers (TM)!

This is just a quick reminder, if the change is anything other than instantaneous and reminds your of the most AWESOME feeling you've ever had. You probably aren't climbing, you're doing something else.

Now whether you enjoy what you are doing is up to you of course. Someone told me the other day, "I try and try to get that MOUNT AWESOME feeling and I just can't!" What he was experiencing wasn't MOUNT AWESOME. Easy to fix. What does the Mountain feel like? He didn't know. Ah! Well describe to me a time you felt so amazing that you believed anything was possible. He had to search a bit and found one. ONE! So I made him list out five. Then 10, then 25...at this point he was really taking off and listing all of the wonderful people, experiences, memories in his life.

He was plenty on the Mountain at this point. No need to discuss it further!

Change is instantaneous and the easiest thing you have ever done. If it isn't, then it is something different! Climb! CLIMB! CLIMB!!!
Monday, April 11th, 2005
2:34 pm
Getting high!
We're going to play a little game. Silly simple, whatever. Play along if you like.

You're sitting there right? I want you to think about a time in your life when something wasn't going your way. It might be a situation that you can picture, or maybe it's moving and in color, has a border or not. Can you see it? Now this is a really fun part of the game. You can move that picture closer and further away. By the way, if you aren't sure if you can picture anything, see your first car, what color is it?

Everybody got their pictures? They don't have to be perfect, in fact, it can just feel like you are moving it closer and further. Cool. Okay now as you are moving it away from you, I want you to be able to reach out and touch it with the tip of your finger. That far away. By the way, did you notice that as it moved further away and possibly got smaller and dimmer (more flat? Black and White?) that the feelings changed, the emotion is less intense, in fact, you might even feel neutral about the picture right now? Yes?

Okay, so have the picture out in front, now take the tip of your finger and lightly touch the image. Really do this! Out in front of you in the air, don't worrry, no one will know what you are doing. Can you feel that less than pleasant charge again? Okay cool, you can stop. Now I want you to take that image that you imagining and see the horizon where you are going to send it...so that it gets so small that it is the size of a pin hole. Did you do it? How do you feel now good? Well, and this is where it gets really AWESOME!, I want you to now picture your favorite Mount Awesome moment. See it there? Different spot right? Move it closer, can you feel the awesome feelings turning up? I can now put your hand on it, now let the feeling spread all over you! Whoa it's spreading all over every cell in your body. Yes? Allow the awesome feeling to create filter over your eyes, what color is it? Mind is a nice lavendar hue, choose yours. Now spread that color around you so that you are like a bubble baby. This is important because the game is going to start getting really cool. Remember that little pin hole? Now I want you to make 10 little pin holes size images of less than useful experiences. Got them? Cool. Here they come, and as they are getting bigger and brighter, these crappy images, your shield matches the exact intensity and in fact blasts each image as they hit your forcefield and the images melt away. Or turn to dust or whatever. Of course we need to create a score tracker for this game put it in the corner and add some sound effects for every blast! Get every single image. In fact, get more and more nimble as the image count increases! You'll notice that none of them can get through because you are just like that deaf, dumb, blind kid! Go! Go! GO! GO!

I'm up to 155,654,781!

report scores here!

Have fun!

Thursday, March 24th, 2005
3:04 pm
Having trouble getting the AWESOME?? It's easy with AWESOME-U (TM)
Hello Awesome-eers (TM)!

I was eavesdropping on a conversation between two people the other day. I want to share the AWESOME lesson gained by being within ear shot!

A man was telling his friend how he was having difficulty succeeding at a task he had set for himself. His friend listened intently, nodded a lot, and was patient as the man explained that what he wanted to do did not feel, "natural". He knew in his reasoning mind that he should be able to do it, yet felt that he was not born with the ability.

His friend, a true AWESOME-eer (TM), stopped him in mid sentence and explained to him, "Look, there was a time in your life when almost everything felt unnatural, you've had to learn how to do pretty much everything except crap your pants and bawl your brains out! You'll learn this too!"

Such rare wisdom! A flash hit me, maybe some people aren't experiencing the AWESOMENESS at levels they want yet because THEY HAVEN'T LEARNED HOW! It's that simple.

This is where the creative imagination plays a part. There are many ways to create a model of an AWESOME-U (TM)! Some people visualize themselves standing tall, breathing deeply, smiling, and literally step forward into that created person. Others add the sweet sounds of AWESOME, mostly a lot of roaring crowds cheering you on and all of your favorite songs. Some can feel the AWESOME as they are sitting in that chair reading this entry right now. Of course, you can mix and blend and increase the power of all of these, what are you doing?

The Mountain has always believed that no one is broken or damaged goods, merely people who could probably learn how to do things in much more useful, AWESOME ways! Some people might have to start now by learning how to feel really AWESOME first and then jump into their AWESOME goals and outcomes!

Want to bake a cake, build a bridge, or have a successful marriage/break up/partnering/commitment/sex life, etc.? Step into your newly installed AWESOME state first and then get started! Who knows, you may find that you no longer have to 'work' at anything anymore! Everything just seems to come to you in the most AWESOME ways!

Do you see what we're saying??

Thank goodness there's no such thing as ear lids!

Climb first and often!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
8:37 am
Everyone can be AWESOME right NOW!
It has been proven beyond a doubt that feeling AWESOME is genetic! We know this because there is not a single person on the living or the dead planet who, if asked, hasn't felt AWESOME at least once! Even for a second! Everything seemed to brighten for a moment...maybe the spine slips into alignment and you say to yourself right now, "Whooooaaaaa"! This is AWESOME! Can you remember this time? And another? And another and stack them together now? Now turn it waaayyy up!

Sorry, you can't fight your DNA, so enjoy the climb today!! Challenge conventional wisdom at every moment by feeling AWESOME!!!

Your friend,

Thursday, March 17th, 2005
4:15 pm
How DOES the Mountain look NOW??
Howdy Awesome-eers (TM)!

If such a poll existed, you could ask a person you know, or may havejust met, how much they want out of life. Almost all would spread their arms apart and say, "I WANT THIS MUCH". And when you ask them how much they are willing to work for it, the would spread their fingers apart an inch and say, "this much".

Try it. Doesn't feel that great does it?

Now try this! Hold your arms apart again and say, "I want this much!" and now pinch your fingers together and say, "and all I need is this much AWESOME!" and now spread your arms apart wide with your fingers outstretched and say, "but this is how much AWESOME I already have!!"

How does that feel? How does the Mountain look now?

Climb first!
Thursday, March 3rd, 2005
1:36 pm
Awesome Cheering Section!
Does every step you take bring you closer to the ULTIMATE AWESOME?

Today's MOUNT AWESOME TIP (TM) is going to save you thousands and thousands of dollars! Why? You won't need to hire a life coach. You won't need to read the latest self-help book. You can turn off that smirking jerk on late night TV who is pretending to have all the answers about buying real estate.

What is it? Even I can't wait to find out what it is! (You may be asking yourself, How could Mount Awesome get this far in a post, promise so much and still have no idea what's coming next!? AWESOME! Good question. You're smart. In fact, YOU ARE A SUPER GENIUS!)

The answer is to have your own Awesome Cheering Section. Just pull apart that whole idea of positive affirmations and Stuart Smalley-isms. What you need is one person in your head who is fascinated by you and watches you all the time. You can pick a real person or just make up somebody. This little guy/girl is going to be your biggest fan. Imagine them in your head, smiling at you, waiting to see what you'll do next, listen to their voice as it screams out your name.

Now, the next time you know there's something you should do that you don't want to or even that you need to be your best for, just turn to this cheering section and imagine him/her saying "YES!" like you just scored a goal. This person can't wait to watch you do your stuff no matter what. This person doesn't care how it turns out, just that YOU are the one doing it.

Remember, this person is excited even watching you fold your laundry or riding the bus to work. His/her autograph book will flip open for a signature and reveal a scrapbook of all your accomplishments.

Once you put this person in your head, he/she will be there for the rest of your life. You can choose to not listen to your cheering section, but it will still be there watching you and thinking that you are fantastic.

When you are about to go out on stage, turn to your cheering section and hear the screams of "Yes! You are the greatest!" When you are having trouble getting out of bed, watch how excited your cheering section gets when your feet hit the floor.

Oh, and while I have your attention, remember that you are a SUPER GENIUS! If you don't feel like a Super Genius, just ask yourself what a SUPER GENIUS would do and do that instead of what you were going to do.
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