In my last post, I discussed How To Run a Self-Experiment. Today, I want to discuss four of the unexpected benefits of actually running a self-experiment.
When you run a self-experiment, you FORCE yourself to take action by sticking to one particular plan for a designated period of time (make sure it’s enough time!). This plan could be a diet, a sleep schedule, or a beneficial action like writing or meditating everyday. Running a self-experiment forces you to beat what Steven Pressfield calls ‘resistance’ (read The War of Art, by the way) into submission.
2. Ending confusion
It is super confusing to hear so many different sources out there with contradictory information. Is coffee good for you or bad for you? End the confusion by testing the effects of coffee on your mental or physical performance.
3. Unexpected learning
Try running a diet self-experiment… my guess is that you will learn how to cook a whole bunch of new foods really well! Even if at the end of the diet experiment you decide to not continue with the diet, you may have one meal that came from it that you will keep making.
4. Unexpected social interactions
People seem to get kicks from hearing about this stuff. It is a topic that is foreign to most people, yet intriguing, so every time you do a self-experiment you are adding to your story bank. When your experiments come up in social conversations, people usually think you are a little strange… and are CRAVING to hear more. It is fun!
What unexpected benefits have you found from self-experimenting?
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