Sometimes you just need to get hard core for a while. I have been sick for a few days, feeling down, little restless, anxious to start feeling better. Have been completing my commitments, but with luke warm effort. Time for a resurgence. The word resurgence is the perfect word that describes what I need to do. It means a significant increase after a period of inactivity. Usually is applicable in a religious or a spiritual sense, which makes this word perfect for what I am about. The cool thing about keeping a baseline of commitments, even in down times, is that when you are ready for a resurgence you a primed and ready to go. When you pull the trigger on the increase in activity, you have the base structure in your life ready to fire on all cylinders.
So I am prepared and ready for a resurgence. The first major concept to tackle is a time period and goals for the new magnified effort. I have decided, making the commitment now publicly to run my first ultra trail marathon, the PCT 50 Miler event on May 16th 2020. This will be my next milestone in preparation to running a 100 Miler event. This gives me 160 days from today to get ready. I am going to include several objectives in my quest to be prepared for this and my resurgence will be focused on these. My personal health will be the first major area, however, I will also be including mental, financial, creative and spiritual objectives as well.
So I am setting some targets for each of these areas. I might be so bold to reveal what some of those are during the course of the next 160 days, but for now suffice to say that I am going to double, even triple down on some of the daily commitments that I have made. For example, I made a commitment to memorize 400 digits of PI this last year, which I did. Well, I am being a slacker lately, so I think I will up it to 1000 digits and just embrace the suck. Why!? Well, because it requires mental discipline to do something like that and getting the mind right is important. Overcoming mental objections is crucial to my success. Having something to fine tune mentally on helps me to avoid useless distractions that might tempt my brain to wander. So instead, I will force myself to memorize numbers, playing cards, useless facts just to keep the razor edge sharp and distraction free.
Yeah I am nuts, but I also am seriously focused on obtaining my four major goals in life right now. So I am planning to pour it on in my commitments in this 160 day resurgence, so that I can leap frog my performance to the next level. Getting started is the hardest part, however, so I need to come up with something that really kicks me into overdrive. I need to start out with a full head of steam, quickly re-adopting an intense schedule of commitments that I have created and get rolling. I have decided the best way to do that is fasting. So effective tomorrow morning, I am going on a extended water only fast.
The purpose of this fast will be to prepare my mind, calm my soul, remove myself from the distractions of food, and other concerns. I have done this many times before, and it is always effective. So here I go again, fasting for mental, spiritual, and physical strength that I will need to triple my efforts in every category for the next 160 days. There is a lot going on in my family in the next 160 days, so I need to be on my game in a big way. I need to ready to handle the burdens of managing a family, running a business and pushing myself farther than I ever have before. This will require the consistent routine that I am used to, but also an improved realization of the quality of each step that I am doing. No more wasted effort, no more just getting through it. If I am doing something, then I want to do it to the best ability that it can be done.
So tomorrow starts my fast, I will update you on how it goes and what the results are. I will use the time while fasting to really focus my attention on what area that I need to improve on, how I will accomplish that, and what my commitment pattern will be in the next 5 months. 5 months does not seem like a long time, but if you could make some serious commitments, follow through and be able to accomplish some great lifelong objectives would you do it? Would you sacrifice guilty pleasures, temporary gratifications, and instant symptom relief for 5 months of taking a head long dive into the icy cold waters of confrontation with the weakest parts of yourself? Well I would, I and I am. Here goes, lets see what happens.
Guy Reams – Day 0 of the 160 Day Resurgence.