A lot of people write me and tell me they’re miserable.
They hate their job.
They’re not healthy and they’re tired all the time
They don’t feel like they’re doing anything that matters.
But…when it comes to making a change…they hesitate.
When I bring up Cold Shower Therapy, they pause.
They have excuses, reasons they’re an exception or send me hate mail.
(Seriously, I’ve gotten more hate mail from people on that one piece than anything I’ve written in years).
They let me know.
It’s too uncomfortable. It’s too hard. It’s even miserable.
…or at least that’s what they tell me.
But, that’s what’s funny about it.
They’re already miserable.
They feel like they’re missing out.
Not because they’re taking cold showers, getting after it, pushing their limits and crushing it.
But because they’re stagnant, they feel suffocated, slow and embracing comfort at every term.
They’re miserable because they’re comfortable. They’ve lost the challenge, the drive, the will to push themselves, explore and live.
Here’s the thing,
Taking cold showers in January is miserable.
Running a long run when you want to sit on the couch and watch TV is miserable.
Doing the hard stuff is miserable.
It’s not always fun…
But it makes you better. Even better – it takes you somewhere.
It puts you in the game.
So you can either embrace the misery you’re in.
Or you can embrace the misery that takes you forward.
Embrace the misery of getting better.
Embrace the misery of getting stronger.
Embrace the pain of discipline.
Because it’s molding you, improving you and turning you into something better.
If you learn to embrace the misery, embrace the suck – you don’t mind when it gets hard.
If you can figure out how to make the switch in your head and enjoy the discomfort, it’s all gravy.
Enjoy the misery of being better.
Enjoy the suck of getting stronger.
Enjoy the pain of discipline.
And get after it.