Perhaps after over drafting their bank account, they finally have “a moment of clarity” and realize they need a budget. Or maybe upon realizing that you watched 14 hours of Netflix in 2 days, you decide to cancel you account. Other things.
The thing is, once you:
- get your next paycheck
- once you get bored
- once things start getting too difficult for comfort
…these “changes” disappear. You go right back to spending a fortune on drinks and food; you spend yet another whole Saturday watching Breaking Bad or Sherlock.
If you’re discouraged, lazy, bored, and none of the changes you tried actually stuck, try on these 2 game-changing changes for size.
1. Start taking 5 minute ice-cold showers
“If you can’t do something uncomfortable and difficult for 5 minutes in the shower – how the hell are you going to do something uncomfortable or difficult in real life?”
That’s what the cool folks at Impossible HQ challenge you to do with their Cold Shower Therapy. Why? Because a daily 5 minute ice.cold.freezing shower is exactly the kind of kick in the face you need if you’re looking for a game-changing change.
“Well, hold on,” you might think. Surely the potential hypothermia and shrinking nether regions of the body won’t make any significant change other than freezing me to death.
Wrong. It will.
Taking a 5 minute ice-cold shower is deeper than that. It teaches you (I daresay) that the things we fear aren’t as bad as we think they are.
Our crippling dread of the unknown puts a limit on ourselves far stronger than any obstacle we actually face.
Still don’t believe me? Read the dozens of comments from people who actually started the challenge only to find their lives – friendships, self-confidence, boldness – change dramatically.
2. Start waking up at 5 a.m. to write/journal
Based on a general consensus, I’d have to say that 90% of all college grads aren’t morning people.
I’m sure not.
For me, I can remain friendly enough at 5 a.m. (as long as no one touches me, talks to me, or asks me to do anything).
I know most of you are going to skim this point because, hey. I ain’t Superman, and I need my sleep. It’s a fact. This whole 5 a.m. stuff is just fluff.
Well, maybe it is. But we’re talking about game-changing changes here, and this is definitely just that. More than just “waking up” and sitting around the house for 2 hours before you have to go to work, you need to journal. You need to write, even if you’re not a writer.
This creates inner dialogue with yourself that you may never have time to experience. Writing down…
- How you feel about today
- How you felt about yesterday
- Any story, film, TV, or novel ideas
- Goals, dreams, ideas, brainstorming
- Hilarious jokes you want to try with your cute coworker
…really helps you become a better person who is more in-tune with themselves.
Need help? Find out the best way to wake up without wanting to blow up the world.
What do you want to change?
Sure, taking cold showers and waking up before sunrise might seem like chump change, but over time, chump change adds up. And it becomes a lot of change. (Want to tweet that?)
If you’ve been looking for changes that stick, try on these 2 for size. Like many before you, you’ll find that the most significant developments are the ones that are pretty extreme and take a while to do.
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