The breathing regimen is now fully tattooed on my daily routine. In a rush this morning, after sleeping in a bit too much, I was only able to fit in a few rounds of breathing. I feel like I cheated myself. I tell myself I will make it up, but that does not completely remove the guilt.
The newfound rhythm is motivating and a little intimidating. I am eating much better (almost unconsciously), I am controlling my emotions, and I am engaging in better relationships with others.
But, I have three weeks left in the initial training, and I am already looking forward to what I will do after I have no video to follow. Will I have the discipline to continue my breathing? Is it a habit now? I brush my teeth and shower every day. Is this different?
No, but the Wim Hof training makes my morning routine last about 1:15 minutes vs. my old routine of 30 minutes or less. Those thoughts ooze into my self-doubt like a flooding desert arroyo.
I spoke in front of several hundred people at a conference this week. I speak often, but I only do about 5 key note speeches per year. I was a little nervous. I reminded myself of the wisdom I heard from someone (sorry that I do not remember who):
“A nervous feeling is an increased heart rate, adrenaline coursing through the body, heat on the skin, and butterflies in the stomach. The feeling of excitement is an increased heart rate, adrenaline coursing through the body, heat on the skin, and butterflies in the stomach.
Choose to be Excited rather than Nervous.”
This was my mantra.