7-Day Facebook Fast
When you get those hard to ignore nudges from the Universe do you use your intuition and follow them or do you let them go by the wayside? I recently created a new intention for my business and within hours I received some very clear instructions on what to do next.
The instructions from my Guide team came through very clear. Go on a 7-Day Facebook fast. Ugh! So, how clear is clear? How about 30 nudges in 4-5 hours? Yeah, time to pay attention! I had created a new intention and with that comes shifts you have to make. They also had two other pieces for me to implement – incorporate a salad every day for 7 days straight and also go for a walk every day for 7 days.
At first, when I asked my Guide team to clarify the “why” part of this, I received a vague response and told this is what I needed to do next. I just had to trust the process without knowing where it would lead. So, I gave it some thought and realized just how strong the message was. I decided fairly quickly I had better follow the instructions. Something big seemed to be sitting there and I had better pay attention.
Day One: I missed Facebook slightly just at a few certain points during the day. It has been my go-to mini-break for some time. I did think I would miss it more than I did. I found myself reading a book in the evening rather than being on the computer. I also had a lot more time available for working on projects during the day. Frequent checking social media does add up to a lot of minutes and hours. Later in the evening, I found myself perusing Twitter and Pinterest, two sites I hadn’t visited in a long time.
Day Two: I experienced a few points where I felt a little resentful not getting to keep up to date with what was going on with my friends. I try to stay off Facebook Friday evenings as this is family time, so it didn’t bother me too much today.
Days Three and Four: Sigh.. starting to get a little bit annoyed and grouchy at this point. I remembered I could access Facebook on my Iphone and gave some thought to the temptation, but I did resist.
When I asked again what this was all about half-way through the 7 days, my Guide team finally started giving me some answers. They had given me 3 fairly easy things to do for seven days- get off Facebook, go for a walk each day, and eat a salad each day. They told me in order to manifest my intention, I needed to work on commitment. Basically, what they were telling me was if I couldn’t commit to small actions like these for 7 days, how would I be able to commit to a longer term project?
They discussed developing confidence so I would have the level of commitment needed to complete my intention. So, that sounds exciting and we will see what comes down the line. They also told me I was using Facebook as a way to avoid connecting with myself. They said this was a time where knowing myself at a deeper level was needed in order to formulate a new product I have been considering launching.
Day Five: I realized my Guide team was correct when they said I was using Facebook as an avoidance mechanism. So far so good though. I have followed through on everything.
Day Six: Okay, this whole thing is getting a bit old. I was almost there, but it would have been so easy to say forget it. Almost there. Boy, do I miss social media…I was surprised how reliant on I am on it. Yikes, I almost forgot my salad today.
Day Seven: The last day…I got this! I can do it!
So, I made it. I got through the seven days and stayed off Facebook, ate a salad every day, and went for a walk every day. And you know what? I was pretty proud of myself! The whole exercise actually gave me a lot more self-confidence that I had the stamina to complete these upcoming projects. Did I particularly like it? No, not really. It did give me a good amount of insight on where my priorities needed to be focused. In the weeks since, I have found myself staying off social media much more than before. I have been able to take that extra time and apply it to my business.
Ever done anything like this? Did you make it? What did you take away from your experience? Leave a message in the comments below.