Five things I’ve learnt from being on a fast for two weeks.
This fast, without a doubt, was the biggest challenge, I’ve ever done. The funny thing is it was to do less than I would usually do. Sometimes doing less is harder than doing more.
1. There is an intersection between your goal, the difficulty, the temptation and the desire to see it through to the end. Doing a fast is probably the most difficult thing anyone can do. I actually can’t imagine any other situation where your body, subconscious and senses are all working against you, on top of that your mind is tired because it has no fuel to keep going. On top of that the further you get along the more difficult it gets, but also the temptation grows in line with the difficulty. Literally everything is literally working against you. Every cell in your body is telling you give up and the world around you is telling you how delicious food is. It is really extreme yet you have to do less than you have ever done before.
2. Because of this challenge I’ve seen myself in a whole new light. It is confirmation that I can pretty much achieve anything now. If you can overcome aspects of addiction and still carry on functioning as an adult, you can pretty much do anything. That addiction is food and I don’t mean cream cakes. You need food to survive, so at some point in the fast, your body, literally, starts working against you. It starts to evoke images of delicious meals, your sense of smell improves and everything smells delicious. Your subconscious starts giving you reasons why you should start eating again. I think fasting may be the greatest personal development exercise you could ever do.
3. Planning increases your ability for will power and discipline. Planning breaks your goals down into more manageable chunks. It Makes it doable, but not only that, it makes it more fun. The more you see you have achieved the harder it is to quit. Which is the exact opposite to what I explained in my first learning. See how planning can help 🙂
4. If you don’t want to be tempted don’t look at FB and TV such, they are the most annoying mediums, if you’re trying to do anything. This is something that I’m applying full on from now on. No TV or FB until evening times. Even these posts won’t get put up on FB until after six. I feel TV and FB scramble my brain and I can’t think properly for the rest of the day.
5. Pushing your self is fun and so rewarding. I’ve gotten so much out of this fast even though I didn’t reach my target. Each day was a challenge and each day taught me something new. I am a much more effective person because of it and I believe in myself more because of it. I think that is a win.
So, where to from here? I really want to take this blog to the next level. Thanks to problogger.com I may have the challenge already. They have an eBook that is 31 days to a better blog. So I think I’ll do that and see if I can do it in less time.