Challenge 6: Negative Visualization

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?

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Challenge 5: Becoming an Idea Machine

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.

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Challenge 4: Gratitude

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.

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Ice Cold Shower Challenge Review

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.

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Challenge Update: One Minute Ice Cold Shower Every Morning

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.

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Challenge 2 Review: Meditation and Being Present

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.

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