Disclaimer: I know a post like this (claiming to be bada**) is one that will likely generate "hate mail" or rude, disrespectful, downright mean comments that typically come from internet trolls. My self worth doesn't come from other's approval or disapproval, but I am still a human being. I could be your sister, mother, or daughter. Please think before commenting. Also, all rude comments will be removed because I have no room for hate on my blog.
My journey to becoming a bada** starts today. After non stop listening to EPOP's (Extra Pack of Peanuts) travel podcast, I have aspirations to enhance my life. After months of listening to entrepreneur podcasts such as AskGaryVee, Build Your Tribe / Chalene Johnson, Being Boss, Pro Blogger, and other amazing podcasts, I still hadn't taken much action.
As my friends can attest, I like to get hooked on 1 thing, become super passionate and wonder why not everyone is doing the thing I'm obsessing about, then I lose interest. So far EPOP has assured me that biking around (not across) America is the coolest thing, but why stop there? I should bicycle around the world!!! (Okay, I'm not that extreme, but biking to the nearest city, 57mi/91km, should be doable). Also, I need all the credit cards so that I can have millions of frequent flyer miles and travel the world for a year.
Even knowing that I probably won't do either of those things, I continue to listen. Perhaps it is the intro/outro song "Paris in the Morning" that has me addicted. "My Dublin heart is burning," badly.
But today something changed. I listened to episode 053 with Joel Runyon from ImpossibleHQ.com. He convinced me to embrace CST (Cold Shower Therapy). Basically you do something uncomfortable and entirely vulnerable by your own decision. Instead of making this a hard decision a hard task (like biking across the state) you do something that most people in America can do.
At some point in the day take a shower.
Not so hard, right? I bet you're doing it already. PLOT TWIST: turn the knob to the coldest setting and stay in the shower for at least 5 minutes. If you typically shower for 5min or greater, you're also helping the environment since you aren't using energy to heat water. If you typically shower <5 min, try the full 5 min in cold just once, then resume your typical shower time.
Environmental concerns aside, you will come out feeling like a boss. When I first hopped in, I didn't feel like a boss. My music was too quiet so I was stuck there with 0 distraction. My legs were getting wet, but my stomach and upper chest were still "safe" sans the few unfortunate times I leaned to close to the torturous spray.
I hopped out, turned up my volume, and got back in refusing to be victimized. The shower was not hurting me, the cold water was not something I had to suffer through or wait out. I chose the cold water and I was going to embrace my choice. This time, I got in far enough that everything from my neck down was getting sprayed. After 30 seconds of keeping my arms in as tight to my chest as possible, I reached for the soap, embraced the new areas of my body that were being stung and got soapy. I sang a few lyrics under my breath since it was 4 am and the rest of the house was asleep.
Dear shower, I am the boss of you. I can live through discomfort not merely survive. I shaved my armpits, but the thought of shaving my legs, bending down, and getting my back frozen was a bit too much for my first 5 minute stint. My 5 minute song ended, so I felt like a boss and turned the water over to warm because I desperately needed to wash my hair and my excuse is that conditioner will work better in warm better.
I lathered my hair in shampoo only for the hot water to run out after nearly 15 seconds of use and return to cold. After a "really, what are the chances of this? moment" I had no choice but to finish my shower in the cold. I conditioned, waited not nearly as long as typical, rinsed, and got out.
Normally if the hot water in my house isn't working (sometimes the water heater is turned off), I'd convince myself I can go another day before showering. Today I showered.
Today, marks day one of becoming a bada**. Becoming someone who steps out of comfort zones willingly to make changes. Discomfort sucks; you can either feel victimized or own it. And owning it feels kind of bada**.
ACTIONABLE ITEM: I challenge you. Next time you hop in the shower, do it for yourself. Prove that you are capable of making it through mildly unpleasant situations. Grasp that knob in your hand and turn it to C.
Cold Shower Therapy, the program by Joel Runyon, is a 30 day challenge.