Ok, so you might be asking what the heck could fasting possibly have to do with growing your business in today’s economy? I mean in the midst of the digital revolution, a challenging economy and ever increasing competition, why waste my ‘limited bandwidth’ on a topic like fasting? Well, that’s certainly what I used to think about fasting 40 days ago today, so before I answer your question, you answer mine.

If you could access an amazing new personal power, that would cause you to see your business and life more insightfully, increase your perceptions, enhance your creativity, increase your people skills and even empower you to resolve complex issues in your business life, that you may not have been able to manage before, do you think your business would benefit from that?

If there’s at least two neurons still connecting in a given brain, than the answer is ‘of course it would!’ So without further ado, on day 40 of my own 40 day fast journey, (my first long fast ever) I feel as though I may have something valuable to share with you today.

To start with, I’m going to tell you what this is ‘not’ about. It’s not about some new age lala-land fluff, nor is about my own faith based approach to my business & life. MOST importantly, it’s most definitely not about a twisted need in me to say ‘look at me I fast, so I’m special’, it’s about something much more profound than an ego trip. So here we go.

Exactly 40 days ago, I was faced with something that appeared to me to be very unfair, deeply troubling and extremely hurtful. In short, bad things happen in life for all of us and this was just another incident in life that ended up in the ‘never want that to happen to me’ column.

A couple of months prior to this unfortunate event, several people had just randomly shared what fasting had done for them. You know how stuff flies by your life at times and you think, hmmm, maybe I should do that some day. Additionally, I had read several times that fasting had amazing benefits (most of which I never believed).

One of the many miracles I had read about was a little thing called ‘spontaneous healing’, which I sort of needed too, but more on that later.

So, I embarked on a 40 day fasting discovery just to see what it would do to my health, my life, my business and my future. I thought what the heck, I can’t feel any worse than right now so what do I have to lose? Since I learned from studying fasting, that it means different things to different people, here’s what I actually did to achieve the results I’m about to share.

Shut off most of the noise in my life;

  1. Personal Facebook account was suspended
  2. Virtually all TV off except inspirational music channels and very short burst of news coverage to see what’s happening.

I ate very limited amounts of food; total calories per day; (250-500 max)

  1. Took oral chelation therapies daily. (flushes heavy metals and toxins out)
  2. Took natural anti-inflammatory therapies and herbs.
  3. Ate ONLY fruits, vegetables and proteins (250-500 max per day)
  4. Took Super Green supplements daily along with a variety of other vitamins and minerals.
  5. I drank a lot of water and Kombucha teas throughout the day.

I exposed myself to inspiration every day, and throughout the day at different times. For me that meant;

  1. Reading things like the bible, or gifted authors’ books’ about the things that all people get challenged with in life and the various ways we overcome the most amazing things life throws at us.
  2. I had inspirational music on in the background when-ever possible.
  3. I prayed the way my faith practices throughout the day.
  4. I reached out to amazing mentors in various parts of life that have achieved extraordinary results in their lives and sought their advice on all the different parts of my life.

I focused on any emotion that came up within me more than usual. Turns out many times when we eat, we’re eating away emotions. Like a traditional medical doctor that gives a drug prescription for a symptom he knows not a thing about healing, so is it when we eat away our emotions instead of exploring the reasons why they’re there to start.

Turns out when we fast, we cleanse out toxic emotions along the way as part of the process. That in and off itself was worth the journey.

I journaled all forty days.

  1. I wrote down everyone of my thoughts as they were being cleansed, my emotions as they we’re being cleansed, my body changes as it started coming alive in different ways, even thoughts about the people closest to me, what they meant to me, insights into why they do what they do, why I do the things I do, what food meant to me, what God was breathing into my soul about changes I needed to make. I’m talking about journaling almost everything. (Yet another thing I’ve been told by the great people in my life that you need to do to achieve a great life but never did)

Now I’m going to share the CRAZY-COOL results of this little journey I was on, but to fully appreciate the magnitude of what I’m about to tell you, you need to know how broken down my health was when I started this.

As many of you who already know me personally can attest, or for those who know about me online, my life had been severally and negatively impacted for seven years from a condition called mercury poisoning. This led to a seven year battle with chronic fatigue syndrome, which in turn led to type II diabetes, which in turn led to one rough way to live life for me and those loved ones around me that meant the most.

To make it through my work days Monday through Friday, I’d spend weekends ‘virtually’ bed ridden most ‘not all’ weekend for years. This was required just to recover from working all week. Many times it impaired my ability to work, walk or even talk on some days after 2PM and almost every day by 5PM. For the most part, my family only knew a man that would walk in at the end of the day from the office, totally exhausted and head right to bed.

I had tried everything you can think of to find healing. I had hundreds of different medical tests, from at least a dozen doctors, before ONE wise doctor tested me for mercury poisoning, FOUR YEARS into this. That led to extreme measures like 90+ days of IV’s and tens of thousands of dollars spent in alternative therapies. Even those remedies seemed to have a limited effect, but enough of an effect to fight another day. I could talk about the seven year search for answers that would blow your mind but that’s not the point here.

The point here is this, I had become so sick, I was quickly becoming incapacitated and frankly ‘almost’ hopeless that the bad-health part of my life would never change. Ever been burdened with something in your life that you didn’t think you could ever overcome?

Now, don’t lie, your mama taught you better than that. We’ve all had those things happen to us in life. It’s part of the journey for us all.

Strange how life can throw you a curve ball at times and that curve ball is the exact thing you needed (not wanted) to redirect the entire trajectory of your life, business or personal life. That’s what happened here. In fact, what I’m going to tell you next is nothing short of a miracle.

Here’s what I have the distinct privilege of sharing with you about the results of my 40 day fasting journey that ends today. I TOTALLY BELEIVE IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU TOO, thus the REAL purpose of this blog.

This fast impacted my personal and professional life in a way that I never thought was possible. You tell me if this ‘list of my results’ doesn’t contain things you KNOW would positively’ impact your business and your life;

  1. I can concentrate again like I could in my 20′s.
  2. I’ve created and co-created new business offerings that we’re so simple and there all the time, I just missed them before.
  3. My countenance has changed so much that people that know me literally ask, what’s going on with you? You seem so different.
  4. My problem solving skills have increased to a level I do not remember ever having before at any point in my career.
  5. My negotiating skills have increased.
  6. My patience with people has grown to the point where I’ve become very hard to rattle, regardless of the circumstance around me.
  7. I am more centered than I have ever been in my life and it’s not tied to what’s going on around me, be it, hurricanes or sunshine. In fact, ‘the incident’ that prompted this is still one of the biggest hurricanes that’s ever hit my life.
  8. My type 2 diabetes symptoms are completely reversed. I have been off ALL diabetic medication for 3 weeks today and all blood sugar levels are back to normal.
  9. As crazy as this sounds, I can ‘hear’ people better than ever before in my life. I don’t mean literally hear, I mean I can hear their heart, their core concerns, the center piece of what they’re trying to share, seems to resonate with me now in a brand new way.
  10. My sense of organization has greatly increased.
  11. Prior to the fast, I had been unable to run two blocks FOR SEVEN YEARS (with few exceptions), but for the last TWO WEEKS, I have been running TWO MILES a day and on some days, not even breaking a full sweat.
  12. My waist has lost 5–6 inches and my chest and gained about 4. Reversing a previous trend that guys kind of like, just saying.
  13. I’ve lost 25 lbs. in 40 days. I weigh the same today as I did in my late 20′s!
  14. Speaking of my 20′s (I’m 54 today) I have not felt this level of energy since I was in my 20′s. I am now able to work 12 hour days with energy to boot, if I so desire.
  15. My hand eye coordination and overall balance has drastically improved, evident by something as silly as playing basketball and realizing I’ve never made so many baskets. I even move now a greater sense of fluidity and balance.
  16. I have young children and for the first time in years, I can hang with their energy level, take them on a couple of mile bike ride, play with them and interact with them in ways I never could before.

In short, I have experienced what many call a spontaneous healing, not only in my body, but in my mind, will and emotions.

While I do not know what the exact medical diagnosis would be called for what happened to me, I’m pretty comfortable with spontaneous healing. I don’t know if was because my body was detoxifying or one of a number of other possibilities I’ve been told about, but frankly I really don’t care. My seven year health nightmare is over and now my life is alive again. In many ways this painful season of my life reminded me of the words in this beautiful song by Laura Story.

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

So I ask you, as sincerely as I possibly can, the same question I posed to you on the first line of this blog. Could Fasting change your business? Your Life? Your world?

In my humble opinion, I’d say that it can more than you could think, do or ask. So what are you waiting for? If you just read this to the bottom, you’re one of the very few in life genuinely seeking to better your life, your business and your world. Perhaps the key to all the above, is starting with a newly revitalized you.

If you embark on your own fasting journey, please write and tell me how it impacted your life. Of course I suppose you should check with someone like a medical doctor before doing this. I don’t actually believe that, but I thought I’d write it in here as a precautionary measure in case someone claims I should have.

In my humble view, medical doctors in large measure only do two things, prescribe drugs to manage symptoms of illnesses they’re not trained to cure and provide surgical procedures to crisis driven bodies when there’s no other way to save your life.

When it comes to actual physical healing, it’s my controversial view, they know very little. Regular fasting has officially become part of my new lifestyle, and I trust yours as well, should you decide to discover the amazing life changing benefits from such a simple and inexpensive way to better you life and business.

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