You come home from the gym, toss your workout clothes in the laundry hamper, and head to the shower. You stand at the side of your tub, cranking the water to its coldest setting. And as you take a deep breath, you plunge into your icy receptacle! With your muscles tightening, teeth clenching, and your entire nervous system going into shock, your senses hit hyperdrive as the biting cold numbs your body.
Do you have that imagery? Good…
Now, imagine doing that every day for 1000 consecutive days. On September 23, 2020, I started taking daily cold showers. I felt compelled to adopt this habit after reading David Goggins’ bestseller Can’t Hurt Me, where he elegantly wrote, “Do something that sucks every day.”
The book detailed the necessity of self-imposed hardships as a way to “callous the mind.” So I took on the challenge. And as of this writing, I have gone over 1000 days of cold showers—back to back.
1034 to be exact.
When I started this practice, I didn’t think much of it at the time. All I wanted to do was challenge myself, toughen up, and become more disciplined. However, as I continued with this habit, small (but valuable) lessons began to emerge. And now, nearly 3 years later, I’d like to share a few of those lessons.
Keep reading to learn more.
3 Life Lessons From 1000 Days of Cold Showers
It amazes me how much you can learn by adopting simple practices and living them out in your day-to-day life. And cold showers were among the most profitable habits (from a personal development standpoint) I’ve ever taken on.
Here are 3 lessons I’ve learned from 1000 days of cold showers.
1. Each Habit Affects Every Other Habit
Everything connects; nothing stands alone.
Every time you engage in a certain behaviour, you are opening the door for that behaviour to continue. What’s more, you’re inviting other habits of the same brand to begin creeping into your life as well. This principle applies to both positive and negative habits.
So be mindful of the habits you engage in because each and every one of them matters.
When I began taking cold showers, I started naturally adopting other habits that were geared toward my self-improvement. For example, I began:
- Exercising every day
- Blogging about personal development every day
- Eating healthy every day
- Doing daily affirmations
- Doing visualization exercises
- Working daily on my Newsletter
Each habit stacked on top of one another weaved the fabric of my current lifestyle. And this is how a human life is created—one habit at a time. Every habit you engage in begins to influence other habits of a similar nature and quality.
Ever wonder how some people seem to have their set routines full of healthy and productive rituals?
It’s because they’ve developed those routines slowly over time, one habit at a time. And 1000 days of cold showers has taught me the value of this principle. Moreover, it’s helped me get on track and use this principle to my advantage.
2. High-Quality Habits Equal A High-Quality Life
Your daily habits are a reflection of your life, and your life is a reflection of who you are as a person. So this means that poor, ratchet, low-quality habits will lead to a low-quality life. Conversely, healthy, positive, high-quality habits will result in a positive life.
And 1000 days of cold showers has helped me realize that on a much deeper level. As a result, I’ve cultivated a higher standard of living as I’ve incorporated other high-quality disciplines that stem from my cold shower habit.
I owe a great debt to the power of cold showers. This simple habit has helped me to become more:
- Goal-oriented, etc.
Cold showers are the catalyst, the gateway, if you will, to a better, healthier, and more robust life. And this is coming from personal experience after having gone through more than 1000 days of cold showers in a row.
This simple practice has truly helped keep me on the path of self-improvement and personal development. And it can do the same for you if you’re willing to put in the effort.
3. You Can Adapt to Anything
Cold showers are unpleasant, unfriendly, and indifferent.
But here’s the good part: If you can make them a part of your routine, there is nothing you can’t adapt to in this world. And that’s a powerful self-concept to carry around as you go through life. This practice is among the pillars of my daily routine.
And it’s not like I had an affinity toward cold showers.
In fact, if you would have told me 3 years ago I would have taken a cold shower for 1000 back-to-back days, you would have been met with a great deal of suspicion. But now, I can’t imagine my life without this simple practice. And the main thing I’ve learned is that we are resilient and adaptable. You can adapt to anything if you do it long enough.
And the best part?
Once it becomes a part of your lifestyle, it goes from this foreign idea to your everyday routine—it becomes normal. And this concept can be applied to bigger objectives, such as achieving goals.
Think about it, if you can do something as difficult and as uncomfortable as taking a cold shower every day, how will that expand your capacity for action in other areas of your life?
Just ponder that for a moment.
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