Can visualizing the most horrible things happening to us paradoxically make us happier and more appreciative of what we have? Ancient stoics thought so. But were they right?
Posts Categorized: Challenges
I’ve written 10 ideas every day for 50 consecutive days. Here are my impressions of the Becoming an Idea Machine challenge, including three unexpected benefits.
When you find yourself at a dead end in some area of your life, there’s only one thing you can blame: your thinking. Ultimately, you are where you are today due to the cumulative effect of every decision you’ve ever made.
Gratitude. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if people were more grateful for the things they have instead of focusing so much on what they lack? And by focusing on the positive, won’t it automatically make them happier? How could it not?
For my fourth challenge, I have decided to begin a daily gratitude exercise.
“A daily what?”
“What kind of new age bullshit is this?”
If those are your gut reactions, I can’t blame you. Gratitude sure sounds like the latest fad, except that it’s not.
We all have fears. Walt Disney was afraid of mice. Matthew McConaughey is scared of revolving doors. For most of my life, I’ve done everything I possibly can to avoid cold water in the mornings.
38 days ago I finally went toe-to-toe with my fear by taking a one-minute ice cold shower immediately upon waking up. And I forced myself to keep doing it for 30 mornings.
An ice cold shower in the morning has many significant health benefits, but the mental priming and the lessons it teaches us may be even more important.
I started my challenge – to have a one minute ice cold shower immediately after waking up – 22 days ago. Each day, without fail, I’ve gotten out of bed, taken a quick visit to the toilet and then jumped into the chilly embrace of an ice cold shower.
Today I started my third personal challenge for this blog. This month’s challenge: to take a one minute ice cold shower every morning immediately upon waking up.
I spent 30 days meditating daily and trying to be present in all daily activities. How did it go and what did I learn?
It’s been a long journey to get to this point. I’ve started the practice of meditation about half a dozen times over the past 20 years, but never made it past the first two weeks.
A quick update on how the “Being Present” challenge is going after 10 days.
Trying to be present and in the moment is to put yourself face to face with the wild monkey of your mind. That’s the first thing I learned since starting this challenge 10 days ago.