Building A Daily Practice

Who’s in charge of this monkey?

How a daily practice can build will power, lower stress, and put you in charge of the voice inside your head.
I have been practising the three pillars, of the Wim Hof method, for almost exactly a year.
The breathing method is helpful for relaxation and clearing the mind. If you want an instant reset which is excellent for the body, then the cold showers do that for you. However, the real winner for me has been discovering the power of commitment.

In the past, I was the absolute worst at being consistent. I had tried meditation and exercise practices before but just got better at making excuses to myself. Since I learned to build up my routine in 30-second increments each day over several months, I have never missed a day.

The effect has been that I am less stressed, more resilient, and more in control. I have also discovered I have the willpower to withstand much of the unhelpful hardwired negative self-talk in my brain.

Over and above all of those things, the biggest win has been to my self-confidence. I am so much more optimistic that if I say I will do something, then I will follow through.

The impact on my business was immediate.

I have recently set up an accountability group where we report on our 5 KPIs every day. The support is outstanding, but developing our will power and immunity to negative self-talk is priceless.

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I have learnt to recognise opportunities to step beyond my comfort zone in the pursuit of things that bring me true fulfilment – it was a small tweak that has ended up making a significant difference. We now speak on a regular basis and Simon has become the voice which says “you can do this”.

Keith Banwaitt