Pressure. Physical Discomfort. Failure.
“Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise just like muscles of the body” – Lynn Jennings
The human body is designed to take a beating. Your muscles grow bigger after being torn. Your skin thickens with every scrape. Pain, fear and discomfort become more tolerable as you inoculate yourself to them. However the opposite is true. The more comfortable you are the weaker you become.
Let’s shake things up.
Bring in Physical Discomfort.
How long does a wolf stalk his prey in the cold of the night before he is successful? Could you last a night in the cold? How about 30 seconds under a cold tap you pussy?
I’ve talked about it before but a simple daily exercise you can perform to increase mentally toughness is to perform Cold Showers.
The benefits of Cold inoculation are numerous: energised mood, stronger immune system, increased blood flow and even a slight boost in testosterone. I am currently training myself to comfortably stand under the cold water for 5 minutes.
For a rabbit hole of awesome information follow the teachings of Wim Hof – the ‘Ice Man’ himself
While pressure (or stress) are maligned as the next Eastern-bloc regime of the modern working world, the way you perceive it can make a profound difference on how it affects you.
New studies (link above) show that those who see it as being negative or toxic – like my masculinity LOL – suffer damaging mental and physical health effects. Conversely opposite to those who see stress in a Pressure to Power (to use Master Chim’s slogan) mindset are able to turn it into a source of energy to overcome their obstacles.
This has been most evident in my life. My most successful year of university (First class honours) was the year that I was under the most pressure. As stated before in my 2015 recap I was living out of home, working 4 jobs while studying on top of managing to put on 10kgs and get my squat and deadlift to 200kgs 1RM.
So next time you are under pressure, remember that motto ‘Pressure to Power’. You must reframe the situation and believe that you will evolve from it with renewed and stronger Mental Fortitude. Remember there is more in you…
This is a big one for me. I struggle with a fear of failure. We all do. However failure is necessary. Every instance of failure is an opportunity to learn, adapt and grow.
Failure is inevitable, even our boy Conor McGregor was submitted… Only to return to defeat Nate and go on to KO Alvarez and win the LW belt to make history at Madison Square Garden and become the first athlete in the UFC to hold two weight division belts simultaneously. His coach John Kavanagh even wrote the book ‘Win or Learn’
They say for every overnight success that there were 10 failures before. Always try your best to succeed but when faced with failure learn from it.
We, as hungering wolves, must constantly improve ourselves in the hostile world. While the R selected rabbits embrace weakness and degeneracy, we must forge strength and Mental Fortitude. These rabbits are the same whiners and cucks that complain about how unfair the world is, while we defeat our obstacles through mustering greater willpower and tenacity.
We must become resilient. We must become tenacious. YOU must become anti-fragile.
The road of self-improvement is a never ending wilderness to wander. Through Pressure, Failure and Discomfort I aim to increase my Mental Fortitude and refuse to live a life of complacency.