An interesting life philosophy goes like this:
Make the worst thing that happens to you each day be self-inflicted.
If you’re into self-improvement, then I hope this resonates with you. You can improve without work, without effort and – yes, without suffering.
Exercising your muscles hurts. If you want to be a world champion, you have to learn to like the pain.
Serious self-improvement is like that, only applied across your whole life.
You’re going to suffer either way – that’s the nature of life.
So you might as well suffer through growth.
And while I’m sure you can find plenty of ways of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, let me offer one.
It’s cheap – cheaper than what you’re already doing.
And it improves everything from your hormone levels to your mental clarity.
It’s as simple as taking a cold shower in the morning.
If that idea makes you squeamish, then I invite you to consider a few things.
The first is that it’s not as bad as it sounds. At the height of my cold shower phase, I still dreaded stepping into that icy water. But you know what? It was never – and I mean never – as bad as I thought it would be.
You get used to it and most of it’s in your head.
When you start you day by overcoming that, it sets you up nicely for everything else.
The second thing is you don’t have to go from where you are to full-blown cold showers.
The best way to start is to end each shower with about a minute of cold water.
(If you get a headache, stop for today and try again tomorrow. It’ll pass quickly.)
Then you can begin and end your showers with cold water. You can endure anything for a minute, especially when you know what’s coming.
Before long, hot showers begin to feel uncomfortable.
And everything else begins to feel more comfortable.
I remember the first winter after I started this. Everyone else was wearing thick jackets, beanies, gloves, scarves – the whole works. And they were still shivering.
Me? I was dressed normally and completely comfortable.
When your body adapts to cold showers, it adapts to everything else too. It makes the cold more bearable, no surprise. It also makes heat more bearable though.
Any stressor from your environment suddenly doesn’t seem so bad.
Now, I don’t know if one of your motivations for improving yourself is to show off.
No judgement if it is – because a few months (or maybe even a few weeks) of this, you’ll appear superhuman to everyone else struggling through the seasons.
You can begin that simple self-improvement technique now.
And enjoy its benefits for the rest of your life.
If you really want to take your mind to new places? To improve more you dreamed possible?
You might want to read about this mind training program: