The Lift Experiment. Tim Ferris NOBNOM Challenge
What Is NOBNOM?
NOBNOM challenge was designed by Tim Ferris. It is an acronym for No Beer and No Masturbation for 30 days which was conducted through a check/support group website known as Lift.do. You can read more about the challenge on his blog post, and can still even take part in it with the rest of the group and gain support and accountability if you’re up for it.
But it was more than just that though. It was a way to begin a purification process against old habits that many people struggle with. It brought awareness to the fact that not only does M cause energy deficiency, lack of motivation, but can also hinder relationships that you have with loved ones. It also pointed out the fact that there are a lot of people with a porn addiction that also has negative or adverse affects on the brain.
However I am not saying that M is organically bad, but when abused, it can lead to a lot of distorted habits of healthy sexuality.
Insights Into My NOBNOM Challenge
There were a few things that I noticed about myself when I was doing the challenge.
- The first week is always the hardest. Bombarding of imagery from the body to get it to reduce the now increase energy circulating through the body.
- Meditation became my best friend, it allowed for a more clear resolution each day.
- Grounding is important, and focus on projects you might have put off for some time.
- Also dealing with what was once a old coping mechanism and replacing it with healthy mechanisms like working out, running, walking, yoga, painting.
I found out that a lot of people struggled a lot then I had, and I was becoming a source of encouragement for others on Lift.do. I would help suggest alternatives and help pick people back up that had fell off the wagon. I found that it wasn’t about the failure though. It is about the strength to pick yourself back up and do better then last time. THAT takes great courage.
NOBNOM and NOBNOP Coaching
Not only did I complete the challenge though, I gained discipline and some type of mastery over my mind that allows me to not so easily become a slave to carnal desire. It doesn’t mean I don’t struggle with it anymore, but I’ve found tools of allowing the desire to be there in all of its beauty and to be able to say, “no thanks.”
On top of that but was initiated into a coaching program where people can sign up under me to be their personal support, and motivational coach for these two things as well as Meditation (as this was something I was keeping in my tool kit to compliment my balancing act.)
One last link to take a look at is from some inspiration I found along the way that talks about happiness and creativity rising from NOM.